"I've been running this brake on the rear for two seasons now including for commuting. I think it's a great un-sung brake and for the price an incredible stopper. Actually I know folks with fore- and aft applications - but I think it might…"
"I've been using a 36/46 with great results. The 36 is fine for all but the steepest of climbs, then you're usually running anyway. Although not used that often, the 46 is perfect for the few longer flats I encounter. The shifting between…"
"50 is way too big. even fourty six is pro sized. for racing most people use a fourty two or so. fourty four max. you may find the jump between the rings fairly big too.
i suppose it depends on how much racing you want to do vs how much utility you…"
"JD, Thanks for your in put. I am not the strongest climber but I do well ever where else. This is my first CX bike so I was not sure which way to go. I think going 34/46 or 36/46 would make since for me."
"I used to ride 50/34 and 50/36 a lot, but that was mainly road and occaisional trail use. The 50/34 is a common "compact" size (although I'm not so sure what's so compact about it, it's the same BCD that Shimano, Suntour, et…"
I have been doing a lot of internet surfing tonight to figure out what crankset to purchase. I guess my question is what chainring size to get. You have everything from 36/46, 38/46 & 50/34. What is the standard size? What about a compact 50/34? I am looking at doing some races, but will do some gravel fireroads and singletrack.ThanksSee More
"IRD 12-32 cassette for campy! What a great spread for a single ring setup! Raced it last year and this year have bought a second cassette for the spare wheel set! Fit is great especially given I use campy and it has issues normally with anything…"
"I have their long drop cable hanger ($35.00 was too much to pay) works well but you can get a less expensive one from Cyclocrossworld.com now. And I use the 10spd cassettes on my CX bikes. I went with them originally because I could get them with a…"
"I ride a fully-rigid geared Bontrager on east coast trails. I started off with WTB grips and changed them out for Ergon grips. They are a little different at first but it will be the best money spent. If you go that route and you like them you will…"
I have been riding since 95 and I took a break from the sport in 00. I was a sport class MTB and CAT 5 Road. I have raced MTB, endro, cross, crit, and Du. About 2 years ago I wanted to get back to riding and during a web search I ran up on cross and that was the spark that got me back to riding. I still don't have a cx bike.
Custom steel Waltworks CX bike
Favorite thing about cyclocross:
It takes the best of road and MTBing and puts it together. It hard but it is fun and it's a great cycling sport to watch