"just got rid of a Salsa Vaya with discs... didn't really dig them and seemed a bit too high maintenance for me... and that's after I upgraded to BB7's... I understand in heavy, thick muck the discs might stop better (have a…"
"I would seriously reconsider buying a new cx frameset that uses cantilevers (and if I were pressed I would go with Paul touring in the back, neo retro up front) especially at the Ibis price point.
Enve has a disc ready fork, as does Whiskey7 and…"
"I agree with Chris. I have both brakes and I like the Ultimates a LOT better than the TRPs.
Sram is a great choice, 'to me' not as finicky about adjustments and easy to clean out the shifting mechanism. There is very little if any drop off…"
so I'm getting ready to pony up for an Ibis Hakkalugi and have a couple of questions...First, I currently ride SRAM on my road bike and like it... seems like SRAM is usually the hot ticket for cross as well... my choices are SRAM Rival or Ultegra, both with a cross specific crankset...Second, the brakes on both groupsets are the Shorty 4... I have an older set of these and hated them... I was thinking of replacing them with either Shorty Ultimates or TRP EuroX but have no experience with…See More
"Okay, just to be clear, while I am undeniably a bit of a dork, I am not that much of a dork. My sweet, supportive wife was trying to give me some surprise anonymous props, and didn't realize that by using the same computer, the post would…"
"I have some vittoria xg pro tubs and i found them to have vague cornering and poor traction for loose conditions. I live in the south east and it is pretty sandy/loose and the tires just do not offer enough grip."
"Raced the xg tubies today and loved them. Conditions were slightly muddy to dry. Tires hooked up very well. Pressure was 42 rear 38 front. Was able to pass a couple challenge riders who went down due to tires sliding out."
"I used XN at the beginning of the season and did not care for them (despite dry packed courses) - not enough grip on anything but paved. XGs in the same conditions have been perfect. Yes, they were slower on paved sections but the trade-off…"
"Just following up. I raced the clincher XG pros twice this weekend on dry, grassy courses. I weigh about 188 lbs and ran them with about 34 lbs pressure. I hit more than enough places that could have caused pinch flats so I would give them high…"
Around town, there are a bunch of places to ride (some smallish)
-UCSD (there's a great eucalyptus grove that is perfect for cross
-Misc canyons around La Jolla/Clairemont (Rose Canyon, Tecolote, ...). Many of these are small, but can be combined with some road for a cool mixed ride.
-Balboa park near the velodrome and on over to hillcrest. There was a cross race here last fall.. most of it is great on a cross bike, though parts are a little on the rocky side.
A little ways out of town is the Big Laguna trail at mount laguna (about an hour east of SD). Beautiful ride, lot of fun.