For the last few years I have been thinking about adding a cx bike to the stable as something that can tackle a little bit of everything. About a month ago I started the search but really wasn't all that thrilled with what was available. I was about to settle on a Jamis Nova Pro when I was given a link to the Civilian Vive Le Roi. It was pretty much love at first sight. Ordered it and within a week and a half it arrived at my door:
Competitive did a good job assembling and packing the bike. Wheels are true and everything looks good. The brakes needed adjustment and I had to mess with the sliders to center the wheel. Seems the cables may have been cut a little short as I pretty much get full contact for the length of the head tube on the front cable. Going to put some rub protector sticker things on there I guess. The wheelset feels very heavy...particularly the rear since it likely has a cheaper/heavier cassette. The bike itself is pretty heavy as well but what do you expect from a steel frame? The front does feel extremely light thanks to the carbon fork so that is a plus. Eventually I will upgrade the wheelset.
I was only able to take it for a short spin around the neighborhood but it feels pretty good so far. Nice handling and the ride is pretty comfortable compared to my al road bike w/al fork. My only concern at this moment is the sizing. Competitive's sizing deal had me at either a 58 or 61. My road bike is a 58 and feels pretty small on me so I opted for the 61. As the Roi sits right now I feel really stretched out when I'm up on the hoods...probably need a shorter stem.
Anywho...just figured I would share my initial thoughts for those who were curious about these bikes. I'll update once I get some rides on it this weekend.
Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking GearReviews and Roundups
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