after being 'cross-curious' for quite a while now I finally took the plunge and bought a cx frame. Not having any money left over for any new parts I'm going to have to recycle bits off my road bike. The frame comes with cx friendly chainset, and brakes, and tyres. Everything else will be from my road bike (shifters/mechs/bars etc). Please excuse my new-ness, but would it be ok to use the wheels from my road bike? I'm hoping it is as I can't afford new wheels (or anything else) until the frame is paid for! The wheels are entry level Campag Khamsin's. I see Campag do a CX version of the Khamsin but can't really see a difference. Is the rim wider? What will be the maximum width tyre I could use on my Khamsin's?
Also, bars? I use 42cm c-c bars on my road bike, should I be looking at 44cm?? What shape?
Finally (for now), not may people appear to use Campagnolo? is there a reason for this? Only ask as I'm a Campag fan and that's what I'll be using from my donor road bike.
Aarrghh!!! so many questions.
Thanks in advance for your replies, from a newbie in the UK
Use can re-use you road wheels, no problem at all.
Use the same bars as your road bike. People used to go wider but I don't much see the point any more. And the less adaption between your road and 'cross bike the better (within reason).
Campag didn't offer a lot of 'cross specific options (rings esp). Plus it's pretty expensive on what can be a person's 5th bike or so.
Now all I need is for my frame and forks to arrive from Italy and I'm good to go. I'm hoping it would have arrived today but that's looking unlikely now. I'm off work all next week though so guess what I'll be up to..................................if it arrives!
Ask away! I know I have, and I have noticed that Chris Mayhew (among others) has been very good about helping not only myself but quite a few people here.
As for the Campy bits - go right ahead. Several guys I go up against run full Campy setups. Most 'cross guys are using pretty much the same wheels they would for road, so that part is good,too.
Like another person mentioned, get some 'cross tires and go!
Glad to see another person catching the CX bug!
Count me in the "Campy/CX" camp, i've been running '06-model Campy Chorus on my bike for about 4 years now, and love it! One thing in particular - once the wear & tear catches up w/ your shifter/derailleur, you can have it rebuilt instead of having to buy a new one ($60 for a shifter rebuild every few years, or $200+ for new shifters??). Also, the only difference between the Khamsin and Khamsin CX are the sealed bearings, not enough of a difference to spring for new wheels at this stage