Anyone have recommendations on a low-cost SSCX frameset? I was looking at the Surly Cross Check & All-City Nature Boy... trying to avoid the Motobecane, but trying to expand my options. Any suggestions are appreciated...
I vote for the Cross Check. The Nature boy is cool, but if you ever decide to run 1x9/10 or more you are SOL with the All city. The Surly comes in black too, and that imho is easier to look at than the fade on the NB.
Ya... it doesn't seem like there are many other options out there unless your shop is a Raleigh, Felt or Kona dealer... or you want to go high-end. I'd like something a little more original than the Surly or All-City, but having trouble finding other options in the <$1000 bike or <$600 frame.
I raced the specialized tricross ss last season, very reasonable price wise and loved the bike!! I upgraded to the geared version.
The ss is for sale if u are interested, it is a 52 in frame, with a handbuilt rear wheel (dt swiss rr 1.1 with micha hub) !!!!
I went with a Origin-8 CX 700. It is 4130 steel, comes with a matching fork, is geared or SS capable (built-in tensioners), and can run discs or cantis. Plus it has 2 bottle and rack mounts. It is ridiculously inexpensive. Lotsa options. People will whine about the weight, but bfd. I machined off all the unnecessary mts and junk and had mine re-powder-coated. I put pics of it up on my page. In a couple of words: It rules. It is bricksh*thouse tough. and handles great. The weight for me is fine at about 22.5 lbs. I could make it a bit lighter and get it below 20 lbs but I am bigger guy and ride like a maniac so I will take the toughness over the weight penalty since I demolish everything.