NEw Crosscheck commuter build- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    achiever
    Reputation: redwarrior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    971

    NEw Crosscheck commuter build

    I built this Crosscheck up over the past fall and winter. It will see the most miles as a commuter but on weekends it will occasionally be used for some recreational road riding with my wife. Hopefully by next fall I can get a wheelset built up for some bigger tires for some singletrack riding and larger studded tires for winter commuting.

    Got it out for the first time yesterday and am surprised at how fast it is compared to the Diamondback Century I've been riding for the past few years. Can't wait to get things fully dialed in (seat height and angle, handlebar height, etc.) so I can just hop on and go.


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/redwarrior/4441135784/" title="crosscheck by m2phast, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2752/4441135784_de4106e970_b.jpg" width="1024" height="914" alt="crosscheck" /></a>

  2. #2
    Bedwards Of The West
    Reputation: CommuterBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    5,451
    can't see your pic at work, but I'm-a look when I get home...
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  3. #3
    Ariolimax columbianus
    Reputation: nativeson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    1,533
    nice.....for some reason cross-checks never get old to me...i guess i'll always regret selling mine on ebay. how do you like those tektro brakes, on steep descents, wet steep descents, in the dirt, etc? i might get a set for my cx bike.

  4. #4
    Ovaries on the Outside
    Reputation: umarth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    4,418
    Looks really nice. Good build.

  5. #5
    achiever
    Reputation: redwarrior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    971
    The brakes work ok so far on... on dry pavement. Just finished it the other day and haven't had to really test them out yet. I'm trying to work the kinks out of the shifting system right now. Can't seem to hit the 5th cog going up in the big ring, jumps to 6th. Then I retension the cables and end up skipping down too many. I figure after a good brak in peiod, things will settle in, though.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    496
    If you lower your front straddle cable a tad you will get more power out of the brake. The cable at the yoke should be close to a 90 degree angle.

    Did you get the frame used? I love te green CxCs and have been looking for one in a 56 forever. Nice build. Your gonna love those lights... Also, who do you like the woodchipers when riding in the hoods?

  7. #7
    weirdo
    Reputation: rodar y rodar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    6,223
    Wow, new bikes popping out like crazy and I don`t have one
    Nice looking bike, Redwarrior. I`m waiting to hear your thoughts on the `Chippers, too.
    Recalculating....

  8. #8
    achiever
    Reputation: redwarrior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    971
    Quote Originally Posted by jmadams13
    If you lower your front straddle cable a tad you will get more power out of the brake. The cable at the yoke should be close to a 90 degree angle.
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Lower the yoke closer to the wheel? I would try that but I cut the lever cable too short but I'll probably re-do the cables at the end of the summer. I want to run the gear housings under the tape exiting with the brake cables but the kit I got was pre-cut and way too short. I also messed up the bar tape wrap a bit (my first time) and have a spot that is too tight where my left pinky sits when I'm in the drops... I have an OCD thing for symmetry and the difference in feel between the right and left hands drives me a bit nuts.

    The frame is a new 46cm (I'm 5'5" and just clear the crossbar). I found it on ebay during the winter and wound up paying $250 for it. I've had the lights, rack seat and fenders for a while.

    The Woodchippers are pretty comfy. I got the 46's which are probably too wide but I've never had a road oriented bike before so I opted for the wider bars figuring they'd offer good leverage for climbing out of the saddle (which I do too much) I've been mostly in the drops but climbed a bit today and used the flats/hoods and shoulders while spinning my brains out (trying not to stand and mash) up a little mountain. I think I may need to raise the bar height a bit as I don't really like craning my neck and get a sore back under my left shoulder.


    Red

  9. #9
    weirdo
    Reputation: rodar y rodar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    6,223
    There`s always Sheldon, if you need him:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-trad.html

    Your experience and thought train in going to drop bars are very similar to what I had not too awful long ago. Yeah, the stiff neck and shoulders thing is probably the biggest issue to overcome (for me, anyway). I didn`t like the first drop setup I tried and couldn`t pinpoint what was wrong, then we bought a tandem mtb that had been converted to drops by the PO and it just fell into place. Now I`m even thinking about either putting drops on my hardtail or putting the drivetrain into a different bike as a dropped mtb. YMMV, but I think it`s a good idea for anybody who rides a lot to at least give dropbars a decent shot.
    Recalculating....

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    496
    Better to have bars to wide then to narrow. To narrow and it can affect your breathing. Your hands should be shoulder width when in the hoods.

    Yeah, I meant lowering the yoke (straddle cable holder) closer to the wheel. The straddle cable should make close to a 90 degree angle. From the looks of things you will be okay that close with your fenders. Don't fret the messed up bar tape. I have been wrapping bars for over 12 years, and still mess up at times. Its just something you need to be anal about and take your time. No need to rush.

  11. #11
    I got nothin'
    Reputation: hydrogeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    739
    Very nice build. I was checking out the woodchippers also. They look very comfortable to ride.
    I ride at ludicrous speed

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.