My La Cruz build

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  • 06-04-2011
    fatchanceti
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by silent713 View Post
    You decide to sell this right when I am about to buy a house? Yeesh!! I've wanted one of these for years!

    There are a lot more houses on the market than La Cruzes these days. Make the right choice! Ha ha. I waited/searched a long time to find this one. Just too much top tube for me.
  • 07-23-2011
    fatchanceti
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by silent713 View Post
    You decide to sell this right when I am about to buy a house? Yeesh!! I've wanted one of these for years!

    Last chance, price dropped a few days ago, or it hits ebay tomorrow night. Garage is full, has to go.

    http://classifieds.roadbikereview.co...?product=25259
  • 04-04-2012
    fatchanceti
    Just finished a different La Cruz build for my wife. This time using a 49cm frame, which will be required if she wants to run drops on it. For neighborhood and around town cruising she likes the flat bar.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmplum/7045484513/" title="CIMG4156 by rmplum, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5345/7045484513_1f11dc3e29_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="CIMG4156"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmplum/7045484169/" title="CIMG4153 by rmplum, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7177/7045484169_2ca9070d01_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="CIMG4153"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmplum/7045468729/" title="Untitled by rmplum, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5196/7045468729_2ef315c9f4_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Untitled"></a>

    The stem is what it came with, and at 90mm is a bit short for a flat bar setup. I have a 110mm Thomson at home, will see if that helps to stretch things out a bit.

    Those are Stans Crest wheels, so it will be hard to go much lighter there, and Specialized 32mm slicks - which are nice for all around riding.

    The gearing is different. 11-32 9sp rear and it came with 39/48t. So far seems to work ok with the XT rapidfire + shifters and Ultegra long cage rear derailleur. Will replace with a compact crank (36/46 ish) when I can find or trade for one.
  • 04-05-2012
    thesergeant
    ^^^ thank used to be my bike! Enjoy it! I regretted it the minute I sold it. I own a Chili Con Crosso now but still miss that La Cruz. Glad to see it went to another forum member :)
  • 04-06-2012
    fatchanceti
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by thesergeant View Post
    ^^^ thank used to be my bike! Enjoy it! I regretted it the minute I sold it. I own a Chili Con Crosso now but still miss that La Cruz. Glad to see it went to another forum member :)

    My wife LOVES it. Looks like it hadn't been ridden in a while - poor thing! Most of the original drivetrain parts are still in the degreaser at work as I am trying to revive them, but the frame itself was/is nice. Need to find some clear 3M tape to keep further cable rub at bay...
  • 04-06-2012
    thesergeant
    Awesome! Ya, the bike was basically brand new when I sold it to the guy you bought it from. The only thing I changed on the bike was the Alligator serrated rotors. Sounds like he didn't ride it much either. Atleast now it'll get some use! I almost bought it back from him, lol.
  • 04-06-2012
    fatchanceti
    I have the stock Salsa/XT wheels sitting at my office. Way too beefy for my wife. If anyone wants them, gimme a shout. They were dirty but cleaned up pretty well.
  • 09-11-2012
    real ss budgie
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    still kicking bass 3 years on.........

    xtr, ultegra mavic CK thomson FSA and..........
  • 09-12-2012
    silent713
    Aaaaaaaand I still hate everyone who managed to get one of these.
























    :D
  • 09-12-2012
    88 rex
  • 09-13-2012
    Tony
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    My 2007 is still mostly stock and holding up great. Only changes are:

    Stem: No-name 26mm
    Grip-tape: Double-wrapped foam rubber
    Saddle: Specialized Romin EVO
    Crank: R700 compact
    Pedals: Specialized SPD 540
    Cassette: PG1070 11-32
    Tires: Pasela 700x35 (a little too slick for KM)
    Front Rotor: 185mm
    King Stainless Cages

    The picture is just after riding most of the trails at the John Muir trail at Kettle Morraine park in Wisconsin. I also rode about 30 miles to get there on road and it was the perfect companion.

    Only change I'd make is to put on a 185mm rear rotor too, but I'm not sure the frame can handle it, and I'd love to justify lighter wheels, but can't really.
  • 12-06-2012
    FrankZappa6
    Viva La Cruz!
    Well, it's been a while since anyone posted on this thread, so here goes. I bought this frame in the spring and built it up this fall with a borrowed Rival drive train from my roadie. I since have acquired most everything I need to put it together right and make the roadie whole once again, although I'm not really sure why I need it anymore. Wheels are Handspun A23's with X9 hubs. It gets dark so early these days that I try to get a ride in at lunch when I can. Overall, it is a really sweet ride that handles the rough debris strewn tarmac & gravel roads around the industrial park pretty well. This shot was on a really nice day last week. Anyone else owe this thread a pic or two?

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...uzonTracks.jpg
  • 12-07-2012
    rr
    A few older pics, love this bike and ride it more than the MB these days
  • 12-07-2012
    88 rex
  • 12-19-2012
    real ss budgie
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    cool ss im going down the same path 38:20 but i reckon i need a singulator
  • 12-20-2012
    88 rex
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by real ss budgie View Post
    cool ss im going down the same path 38:20 but i reckon i need a singulator

    The magic gear calculator says that 40x20 should work without a tensioner. :thumbsup:
  • 12-21-2012
    real ss budgie
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 88 rex View Post
    The magic gear calculator says that 40x20 should work without a tensioner. :thumbsup:

    cheers!! will dabble
  • 01-30-2013
    buckhorn
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    Finally some sunshine!
    Got some sun today, so I took out the La Cruz to try out the new wheels. 303 Firecrests laced to WI silver hubs (really wish they were black). Love the new wheels.Attachment 766643
  • 05-17-2013
    rr
    Some updates
    Put on some new Salsa components, PRM bars, Moto 2 stem and new cross top levers. Also installed some Yokozuna compressionless brake housing/cables that I heard about on the cyclocross forum. Very nice upgrade, definite improvement in brake power, check it out.
  • 05-17-2013
    real ss budgie
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    i dabbled 40/20 perfect hills machineAttachment 800000
  • 05-26-2013
    88 rex
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by real ss budgie View Post
    i dabbled 40/20 perfect hills machineAttachment 800000

    Glad to see it worked!
  • 07-05-2013
    irrah
  • 08-23-2013
    smedly_whiplash
  • 08-24-2013
    reignyoregon
    How do you like the Whisky fork? I just ordered 2 of these for both mine and my wife's La Cruz. I'm going to call up Salsa on Monday and find out what I can get for our old forks through the recall.
  • 08-26-2013
    buckhorn
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    Latest mods
    Can't think of any more ways to upgrade my favorite bike.

    Recent changes are-

    Compact Quarq 50-34 rings
    TRP Spyre brakes
    XO Rear derailleur (with the clutch so the chain doesn't bounce around so much anymore).
    Stan's Crest Rims, White Industries hubs, black super comp spokes, and black nipples.
    Clement MSO 40mm tires set up tubeless running at 38F and 45R pressure

    Other details-
    Thomson Masterpiece post
    Ritchey Alloy bar and stem
    XX 11- 32 cassette
    Eggbeater pedals
    Ti King Cages
    Barfly 2.0 Garmin mount

    And I have a set of Clincher Zipp Firecrest 303s with White Industries Hubs and CX-Ray spokes that I have Challenge Eroica 30mm tires mounted up with tubes on.

    I put the Zipps on and go push the pace on the fast group rides, then change over to the Crests to go on gravel and singletrack adventures.

    Love this bike!


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