Hello all, I've been going nuts lately trying to find the right budget bike, I'm looking at these two in the next few days and being new to cross bikes outside opinions are important. Ive been looking at stuff under a grand and have found an 07 redline with campagnolo veloce group, ritchy wcs bars etc.. for 850, for an extra 100 he will throw in an extra veloce crank with more road friendly 50/34 rings, and cole shuriken lite wheels with specilized road tires which i understand are decent road wheels. Other Bike is an 08 Major Jake spec'd with 105, and an ultegra r/d 900$. However no real pics. How do these compare in the cross world? I understand I will have to see for myself but not knowing much about the spec on these bike I'll leave it to the experts. Here are links of the 2. https://www.tbn.ca/forum/buy-and-sell/3876 and http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-sports-bikes-Kona-Major-Jak.... Click where it says pics here for the redline.
Cheers all and sorry for the annoying newb post!
I have a 2009 Major Jake that I purchased after borrowing someone elses for a race and love the bike. Redline also makes a solid non-boutique race bike, but the only experience I have with the Redline was with my wife's that was last years model that had the carbon stays (she was very happy with it).
I would tend to favor the Kona, but would be more inclined to make the decision on the component preference. Personally I prefer Shimano over Campy when racing cross, but there has to be plenty of people that feel the opposite.
Hey thanks for the replies, I ended up getting the redline and am very happy with the decision. The guy with the Major Jake still hasn't got back to me about seeing it so I grabbed the redline last night. For 900 I got it and the set of nice road wheels/tires for road rides, and the spare crank which ill just take the chainrings from, and some Shimano SPD pedals as well. As far as other bikes in my stable, there is only mountain bikes so there wont be much part swapping however I can see component buying may become addictive. The 10speed Campy stuff seems to shift nice and the shift levers are alloy of sorts and feel substantial. Now time to go out for a ride, thanks for the info and support, looks like I'll have to post back on here soon after some real testing.