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Buying my 1st cross bike

Started this discussion. Last reply by mark a. Jan 4, 2010. 9 Replies

I started racing cross again this season, but the MTB doesn't always cut it. So I'm looking to get my first cross bike soon & wanted to see if anyone had any opinions, feedback on some of these…Continue

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mark a. replied to Paul Warloski's discussion Dreams For Sale
"bike size?"
Apr 29, 2013
mark a. and Rick Benz are now friends
Nov 29, 2012
mark a. left a comment for Rick Benz
"Rick, I like it a lot and have been surprised on how comfy it rides. I thought the Alu frame would be harsher, but it's not at all. Obviously, the carbon fork helps out. Rode it some more lately on the road due to problems with the road bike,…"
Jun 11, 2010
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"@ Mark A... so how do you like the Jake the Snake?"
Jun 10, 2010
mark a. replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"thanks for the input. I went ahead and ordered a Jake the Snake."
Jan 4, 2010
Chris Ife replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"See if you can find someone at an event that has one of the bikes you are after and see if they'll let you have a go."
Dec 31, 2009
andrew replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"hi mark a! great decision to try a 'cross bike. CXM reviewed both a fuji and the XO 1. both were fine bikes - the treks are impressive with their mud clearance and the housebrand parts were actually pretty nice (wheels, tires, cockpit).…"
Dec 30, 2009
Bill Anders replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"Mark - I can't recommend the Kona Jake the Snake enough. Great specc'd bike for the price. I got mine this past July to use as a daily commuter here in Germany, where I spend a fair amount of time on forest trails, along farm roads and a…"
Dec 30, 2009
Aaron Brandt replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"Just starting to race myself, but component- and price-wise, I ended up with a Felt F1X. It's in your range, Ultegra/105, FSA Gossamer cranks, "carbon construction" fork, decent wheels and brakes... I'm a 6'3 Clydesdale and…"
Dec 30, 2009
Ghostship replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"Congrats on your decision! Even if your local shop doesn't have the exact size, consider taking a smaller one (one size down) for a spin. Yes you'll feel cramped but you shouldn't be test-riding to see how the bike fits. Feel how it…"
Dec 30, 2009
Peter Thomsen replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"I've been very stoked on the Specialized Tricross I picked up this summer. You might be able to find a closeout in your price range."
Dec 30, 2009
mark a. replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"Gregg, The Trek i found is a 09 close-out so the price is around 1400. Actually Fuji is the only bike i found to test ride, but it felt a bit too small with the smaller headtube & the 7 degree stem set up as high as possible. There was no more…"
Dec 30, 2009
Gregg Shanefelt replied to mark a.'s discussion Buying my 1st cross bike
"I have a Trek Xo-1 I think the price point is kind of high for what you are getting. Check out the new Fuji's they are a little more reasonable and have some nicer components. You do however need to consider if you want SRAM or Shimano or Campy…"
Dec 30, 2009
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any Buying my 1st cross bike

I started racing cross again this season, but the MTB doesn't always cut it. So I'm looking to get my first cross bike soon & wanted to see if anyone had any opinions, feedback on some of these 2010 models or any other bikes. I like these as they have longer headtubes to make up for my short torso. Budget is around $1500 and sizes are 59-61.Unfortunately no shops have any sizes in stock for me to test ride.Kona Jake the snakeCannondale cyclocross 5Trek XO 1 (09 model)others...any info is…See More
Dec 30, 2009
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At 9:58am on June 10, 2010, Rick Benz said…
@ Mark A... so how do you like the Jake the Snake?
 
 
 

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