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  1. #1
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    XC rider looking for CX bike advice

    Friends of MTBR,

    Every year I get a new bike allowance and this year I want to build/buy a CX bike. I want steel frame, and I want SS and there is no chance of talking me out of it. I have had road bikes and I do not like riding on the road. I have been lurking your threads and I have many questions mostly pertaining to tech aspects of a build. All things relevant what crank arm length? Rim brakes or disc? Carbon fork or steel? I am a big guy 6'5 225lbs. A couple complete bikes I have found and like are as follows:

    Civilian- Le Roi Le Vuet
    Raleigh Furley

    kinda not related but really really like mostly because of my MTB roots Redline Urbis. Yes I know its fixed gear.

    Otherwise Surly Crosscheck build. I attended a couple CX races locally and I really want to get in the game. Please give me worldly advice!!!
    -rides bikes for fun.

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    Ok I will try! I dont race cross unless you count a couple endurace races on cross bike, but I spend a lot of time on my cross bike, riding gravel roads, rougher rail trail, and even some smoother singletrack. So take all this for what it is worth. Also I am only 5'8 with shorter legs longer torso.

    Crack Arm Length - When I got my cross bike I knew I was going to change the crank, had always ran 172.5 on road bike so was looking for the length crank, had been using a 170 MTB crank on my SS though and liked so figured why not try it for croiss bike if I found a good deal, I did and so far so good. Short of the point is for cross Bike I have been ok with a lightly shorter crank, I have heard a lot of guys say for racing they use longer, I have no doubt I could race a short cross race and be ifne.

    Rim or Disc: Personal preference I guess, I ended up with TRP CX8.4 V brakes great stopping ppwer right up there with BB7s on my SS mtn bike, not hydro power but good. I think technology for the discs is there though so why not if you are looking Steel the extra weight wont matter IMO.

    Carbon or Steel Fork: Again personal preference, I like carbon fork on a steel frame which I have on a mtn bike but I also like the front end light for my cross bikes helps get it up and over obstacles with ease since there is not as mych leverage as a mtn bike with wide flat bar.
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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    I have a Civilian Ludite SS and love it. I am also in the market for a cross bike(geared though). I crossed the Civilian off my list because it does not have mounts for fenders/ racks. I would like a bike with those so I could use it for commuting and possible self supported longer rides.

    I looked hard at the Furley but in the end want gears. The Ropper, Kona Rove and Salsa Vaya are all in the running for me.

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    Go Raleigh Roper, this way you have a 105 group if you want to ride over longer distance. Plus, this way you can pick your SS wheelset, crank arm length and other pieces. I have a Furley and love it but if I had to do it again I would do Roper and build from there. You can get a good chunk of coin for 105 groupo.

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    I have a Civilian Le Roi Le Veut and it's been a great bike considering the price. I'm a mountain biker a heart and I hate road riding, so I've been riding it during the winter on dirt/gravel/back roads and some light single track. I have a set of tubeless Stans Crest wheels that I put on it which brought the weight down to around 21 lbs. If nothing else, it's a great looking bike! I'm definitely partial to CX bikes with a non-sloping top tube.

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    All City

    Nature Boys are nice. 175mm if your 6'5", Carbon and Disc Brakes.

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