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Cross bike recommendations?
John McNiel
post Apr 17 2010, 07:28 PM
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Basically I'm looking for a bike that handles well on the road but can run an off-road tire and isn't too fragile for some trail riding...bunny-hopping logs or whatever. I have a single-speed road bike (felt dispatch) but it's way too flimsy for trails even if I threw some beefy tires on it. Also need tall gears for longer road trips.

I'm thinkin a cyclocross bike would be the ticket (never had one so that makes it even more intriguing (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) )

What's a decent ride for $1k or under? I've seen Giant and Specialized stuff - they seem ok.

Any tips appreciated!
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post May 9 2010, 12:22 PM
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QUOTE (John McNiel @ Apr 17 2010, 09:28 PM) *
Basically I'm looking for a bike that handles well on the road but can run an off-road tire and isn't too fragile for some trail riding...bunny-hopping logs or whatever. I have a single-speed road bike (felt dispatch) but it's way too flimsy for trails even if I threw some beefy tires on it. Also need tall gears for longer road trips.

I'm thinkin a cyclocross bike would be the ticket (never had one so that makes it even more intriguing (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) )

What's a decent ride for $1k or under? I've seen Giant and Specialized stuff - they seem ok.

Any tips appreciated!

The most cross bike for the money will always be the Redlines. They are amazing!
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post May 9 2010, 06:44 PM
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Giant TCX 2 - the bike for you.
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post May 9 2010, 06:47 PM
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Ridley makes good cross bikes. I've been riding one for the past 2 seasons. Their alloy bikes might be around $1000.
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post May 12 2010, 01:11 PM
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Redline for best all purpose
Ridley for race inspired
Surly to beat the sh..it out of
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post May 24 2010, 02:38 PM
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I did check out the Redline stuff, and Ridley, Giant, etc... The Giant was nice except for the lower grade components, but for the $$ that's expected. I have a Giant STP-1 for jumping and goofing around...love that bike.

I ended up getting this bad mofo: (Scott CX Team)

http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/product/9083/45048/cx_team

Perfect for what I was looking for. Climbs like a mountain goat. Sweet ride!
(Yeah I know I originally said under $1k... I'm easy to upsell...)

Thanks for the suggestions!

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post May 28 2010, 08:20 AM
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The Scott bikes are really nice, enjoy! Had I known you were an easy mark I would have encouraged you to look at the Jamis Supernova. It's a cross rider's dream.
QUOTE (John McNiel @ May 24 2010, 04:38 PM) *
I did check out the Redline stuff, and Ridley, Giant, etc... The Giant was nice except for the lower grade components, but for the $$ that's expected. I have a Giant STP-1 for jumping and goofing around...love that bike.

I ended up getting this bad mofo: (Scott CX Team)

http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/product/9083/45048/cx_team

Perfect for what I was looking for. Climbs like a mountain goat. Sweet ride!
(Yeah I know I originally said under $1k... I'm easy to upsell...)

Thanks for the suggestions!

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John McNiel
post Jun 3 2010, 12:53 PM
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Haha...I resemble that remark!....

I'm digging this Scott more each day. I was entering a trailhead last weekend and there was a Mtn bike dude standing there getting ready to ride in...he looks at my bike and says 'You're not taking that in there are you?' I said are there any drops or heavy terrain? He goes 'yeah...you don't want to take that in there!' I said...see ya at the bottom!

That Jamis looks pretty sweet as well. Ahh...too many bikes...not enuf time.

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post Jun 15 2010, 04:27 AM
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QUOTE (John McNiel @ Jun 3 2010, 06:53 PM) *
Haha...I resemble that remark!....

I'm digging this Scott more each day. I was entering a trailhead last weekend and there was a Mtn bike dude standing there getting ready to ride in...he looks at my bike and says 'You're not taking that in there are you?' I said are there any drops or heavy terrain? He goes 'yeah...you don't want to take that in there!' I said...see ya at the bottom!

That Jamis looks pretty sweet as well. Ahh...too many bikes...not enuf time.



Buttermilk Trail?
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post Jul 12 2010, 12:45 PM
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QUOTE (bv @ Jun 15 2010, 10:27 AM) *
Buttermilk Trail?


lol - Yep! I get lots of weird looks from MTB guys on this thing.
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