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    Post your 'cross bike

    Now that there's a MTBR forum for this, we need a picture thread! Post your bike, and tell us how you use it.


    Happy 'Cross Bike! by Andrew183, on Flickr

    This is my 2009 Kona Jake. I bought it to race, but I took that picture while I was having suspension trouble and my MTB wasn't ridable. It sees some singletrack time for fun and practice, I've already started doing 'cross workouts for this season on it, and I loan it to friends as a road bike from time to time.

    Mostly stock. Saddle is a recent acquisition, pedals are Time ATACs, the rear wheel is a $34 spoke and rim replacement on the original hub, and the front wheel has an old Shimano LX hub as a replacement for the crappy Formula hub, with original spokes and rim. One crank arm is a replacement, with the wrong finish. Chainwatcher added. And, of course, V-brake pads and holders.
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    I take this bike everywhere. Kinda like a CX bike. Except it's fixed. I'm special that way. I built it up around a 1973 Schwinn Le Tour frameset that I found on Craigslist.
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    2008 tri cross comp

    I really love this bike I dont race x-cross but really like the versatility of this bike it has been in the woods often and goes every where my mtb has been....loves single track of course does not brake as well as a mtb with hydro brakes and big rubber but makes an old trail new also great for ripping thru road, trail, parks, school lyard, and hydro trail combos
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    2007 Rocky Mountain Solo CX


    I use it for multi surface rides (some road, some trail)
    Lots of commuting in the summer.
    Spring / fall road riding, while I wait for trails to dry.
    Sometimes a point to point race in the spring.
    A few cross races / practices in the fall.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    Here is my SS, a completely non-stock Bianchi Volpe. This setup is how I raced it, though without the light and with a different saddle. Pictured next is my K2 Enemy in gravel mode, though it is the bike I have had longer and raced on more. I may sell it if I move though. It is a good bike but I've never really been in love with how it fits or handles.

    The volpe is also going on a tour of France and Spain with me in a few weeks, albeit in a completely different configuration.

    EDIT: sorry for the picture weirdness. Not sure how to fix that.
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    2012 CruX Expert!

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    Stock so far, but have a set of Vuelta tubular rims that need tires

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    My Airborne Delta... ready for the season...not sure I am though....

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    16.8 Race Ready with full Ultegra (Save the crank). Wheels Manufacturing adapters have been stellar so far.
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    I got me one o' them cyclo-cross mo-chines



    It does a bit of everything. Commuting, road rides, singletrack. I'm hoping to do my first cross race this fall, and maybe my first tour sometime this winter.
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    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1314421602
    Entered a cross race last winter and had a blast so I decided to put a bike together on the cheap. Some Craigslist and family deals. About $600.00 bucks later and I got this. Right now I use it to tow the kids trailer around. Will race it this winter.
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    why i'd love to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterC View Post




    16.8 Race Ready with full Ultegra (Save the crank). Wheels Manufacturing adapters have been stellar so far.
    Nice "proper" cyclocross bike.
    "Do not touch the trim"

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    @toddre - I'm diggin that Airborne. Have you written a review of it anywhere?

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    My Fuji
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    Steel, basic 8 speed. I've used this for everything - century rides, racing, MTB trails, getting coffee, Bike Party...

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    Another basic steel do-it-all bike that provides service for anything from centuries, road group rides, CX races and long single track sessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Steel, basic 8 speed. I've used this for everything - century rides, racing, MTB trails, getting coffee, Bike Party...

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    Nice bike. Been toying with the idea of a non-drop bar CX bike. Looks great!

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    My SS CX bike:


    Since that photo I changed the brakes to Paul Neo Retro's, and ditched the Cane Creek levers for the SRAM ones (liked the shape of the hoods better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    My SS CX bike:

    that is a beauty!!!

    here's my "CX" bike....i had a crosscheck but i hate canti's passionately. i don't have time to race right now, but soon i'd like to try it out

    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    MSince that photo I changed the brakes to Paul Neo Retro's, and ditched the Cane Creek levers for the SRAM ones (liked the shape of the hoods better).
    Do the SRAM levers have a longer hood (kinda like Shimano brake shifters)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    Nice bike. Been toying with the idea of a non-drop bar CX bike. Looks great!
    Thanks! I call it a "Venti skinny 29'er".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs124 View Post
    @toddre - I'm diggin that Airborne. Have you written a review of it anywhere?
    On my blog below....

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    2009 Redline Conquest Pro

    This picture is the day I brought it home from the bike shop. Love riding singletrack with it but since I got my Mojo HD it's pretty much only being used as a commuter with slicks. I'll get it back out on the trails sometime soon. I'll get a better picture of it later.

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    Well here is my Surly Cross Check
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    My '01 Gunnar Crosshairs. This was my gateway to dropbars and until recently it was used for everything from road to singletrack. Last year I added a 'real' road bike and the Gunnar now primarily sees singletrack, cx races and the occasional ride to the pub.

    From the a local race a few weeks ago:

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    Here's my new 2012 Giant TCX. It should be ~17 lbs when built with race wheels (DT Swiss RRC 46 tubulars). Ready to go tear it up in the Pro/1/2s!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Do the SRAM levers have a longer hood (kinda like Shimano brake shifters)?
    They definitely extend longer than the Cane Creek ones. I have Shimano road levers on my road bike and loved how the hoods felt. The Cane Creek ones felt very wide and bulky at the base and then taper to almost a point. Didn't like riding with those very much. The SRAM is much closer to the Shimano's. The shape has been way more comfortable! Hope this helps.

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    Ready to rock!

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    2012 CruX (x2)

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    Nice.

    Matching/cross-compatible everything, I assume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Nice.

    Matching/cross-compatible everything, I assume.
    no. she rides a 52 and i ride a 54 so frames are not the same (differences on the mtb are taken up by different stems/seatposts).

    other than that they are the same... though it isn't necessarily required as we aren't planning to travel far from home during CX season. caveat being that might change if her power/speed comes around significantly.

    i don't think we will do CX nationals in any case because we have **no fricking clue** how to race in -1000 degree arctic conditions.
    Try to be good.

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    superx

    My cross bike for this year.
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    Major Jake

    It's all built up but I have yet to race it. But that's coming up soon.
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    What I currently have. In the near future, it might be a 29er with skinny tires...
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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth View Post
    What I currently have. In the near future, it might be a 29er with skinny tires...
    Any reasons in particular for the wheel "change?"
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth View Post
    What I currently have. In the near future, it might be a 29er with skinny tires...
    Very stylish ride! How large of a tire can you run?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Now that there's a MTBR forum for this, we need a picture thread! Post your bike, and tell us how you use it.


    Happy 'Cross Bike! by Andrew183, on Flickr

    This is my 2009 Kona Jake. I bought it to race, but I took that picture while I was having suspension trouble and my MTB wasn't ridable. It sees some singletrack time for fun and practice, I've already started doing 'cross workouts for this season on it, and I loan it to friends as a road bike from time to time.

    Mostly stock. Saddle is a recent acquisition, pedals are Time ATACs, the rear wheel is a $34 spoke and rim replacement on the original hub, and the front wheel has an old Shimano LX hub as a replacement for the crappy Formula hub, with original spokes and rim. One crank arm is a replacement, with the wrong finish. Chainwatcher added. And, of course, V-brake pads and holders.
    Andrw what size are you riding? I'm hung up between get a 49cm or a 52cm. My road bike is a medium Giant Defy Advanced 2. It has a 54.5cm top tube. The Kona 49 cm has a 53cm TT, the 52 cm has a 54.1cm TT. I'm thinking the 52cm would be a better fit?

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    Mine's a 52. I think the idea of downsizing for 'cross is misguided, provided a cyclist's road bike actually fits him in the first place. I do run a smaller stem and less drop than I think I would on a road bike. But, only by one stem size and flipped up vs. flipped down.

    The one trap is that different seat tube angles can mess up a top tube comparison.
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    On these cross bikes that are running 130mm BCD cranksets... what size chain rings are you running? I was thinking 44/38. Does this sound normal?

    Sorry for the OT. Some beautiful bikes in here.

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    I'm currently running a 38t ring on my 130mm TruVativ BCD with an outer guard. I've run the 44/38 combo before and it's a great set-up IMO for doing anything and everything. I've dropped to the 1x10 as I'm only doing limited races this season that are slower/dirt oriented courses and trail rides which will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctownposse View Post
    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1314421602
    Entered a cross race last winter and had a blast so I decided to put a bike together on the cheap. Some Craigslist and family deals. About $600.00 bucks later and I got this. Right now I use it to tow the kids trailer around. Will race it this winter.
    What frame is that? 130mm or 135mm rear spacing?

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    My new rig...

    Here's my new rig....

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    Lemond Poprad 853. I love this bike, from singletrack to touring to local CX races, it is a "go anywhere, do anything" machine.

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    Surly 1X1 SingleCrosser:


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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry68 View Post
    Lemond Poprad 853. I love this bike, from singletrack to touring to local CX races, it is a "go anywhere, do anything" machine.
    Even has "my" pedals. You should ship it to me.

    My nicer bike is a Lemond Buenos Aires. '99 model - so an all steel frame, and carbon fork. Kickass bike.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by justintime8425 View Post
    My cross bike for this year.
    That's a beauty, I shopped hard for one but couldn't find my size when I was buying a new frame set last year.

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    Race bike = some training but mostly racing



    SS = some racing, but mostly training and running around town

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    that ven dessel looks the bidness!
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