/ Cyclocross newbie
Any advise would be great or a possible alternative suggestion. Thanks for your time.
The Kinesis looks the most authentic to me. I don't fancy that spoke arrangement on the Ridley if it is to be used off road - those wheels look too delicate for riding over logs.. The cable routing on the Boardman suggests to me the frame has not really been designed as a true crosser.
Ha, after saying that I just spotted the front mech cable route on the Kinesis! While the Ridley has proper cross routing. Which is the lightest?
I have the slightly cheaper Boardman CX, the comp, can't say I've noticed problems with the down tube routing and thats riding it in lots of mud and more recently slush, followed by snow, followed by real cold. I've done a few races on mine as well since getting it in Sept.
The tapered steerer that Boardman use seems to win them lots of plaudits and the full carbon fork seems very good.
Both around 10k I think.
If you buy a proper CX bike you might find it a bit racy for commuting or touring. I tried a Kinesis yesterday and it's a lovely bike but very "arse-in-the-air" and probably not so comfortable over long distances.
I have a Specialized Tricross disc, which has a "Roubaix" frame geometry so is very comfortable, I rode it 70 miles to Windermere and it was 1 mph slower than my roadie (which is a Spesh Roubaix) and a heck of a lot more comfortable. It is also excellent loaded with a rack and luggage. However it's not a proper cyclocross bike, more a "cross-purpose" bike. Last time I was in my LBS I noticed that trek have brought out a me too version of it. With mudguards fitted it is doing great as a winter trainer as well, the rugged 32 mm tyres and discs are perfect for muddy country roads.
No fancy cyclocross bikes here!
The title is wrong - it's actually about 1961-2 -- I rode the event in 64 against many of the guys featured. Standard equipment was a winter bike with mudguards removed and knobbly tubs - though one or two did have an early style cyclocross bike with cantilever brakes which were just starting to appear.
I have a Ridley XBow which I race on, two sets of wheeels (better ones for racing) so for winter rides I put on clip on mudguards and a bottle cage,as the CX season finished in a fortnight I'll then swap to full mudguards. However if I didn't want to use it as a winter bike then I'd be going for a XFire. However with the disc frames just starting to come in now would probably get a disc frame as I only have one race bike.
Fork Judder under braking is deadly on the front of my Dolan Multicross it uses Tektro Cantis. Its caused by a combination of bike components ingredients, Carbon Fork + Cantis + Outer Cable Stop Bracket.
Im currently looking to buy Tektro Mini V asap. Other than that the bike is very stable handling and nice to ride.
Interesting reading here explaining the issue that occurs on many bikes having the above setup.
Agree with this whole heartedly
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