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Been yearning to race CX for a while now. Just never got around to getting a proper Cx bike. I've been shopping for a Cx frame/bike for a few days. Not sure if I want to build or buy complete. Only complete that really intrigues me is the Felt Breed. But it's a little more than what I want to spend ($1,300). I may end up going with the run of the mill Cross Check. Don't know much about All-City Nature Boy or Pake C'Mute. EDIT: In search of a San Jose as well.

Anybody got any other suggestions?

Don't tell me this doesn't get you excited:

 

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I rode a Nature Boy briefly, and even participated in one CX race with it. I said if I ever did another cross race, it would be on my SS 29er. I'm planning to give it a shot this season. I just don't understand how "cross geometry" is actually suited to CX riding, which can be as technical as MTB riding.

On a related note, the local SSCX dudes in Bellingham are absolute monsters. Fast as f***.
 

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I ran my ss mtb in the casual local series last year, and I'm planning on running my San Jose this year, although I'll be faster on my ss 29er... It's tough to get used to tiny x35 tires after being on a 29x2.4 ardent!
 

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I always wondered why CX guys don't run flat bars. Seems like you'd have way more control even with a 23" flat rather than drops. Is it just tradition, I mean CX started as a way for roadies to keep riding in the off season, right? Am I too MTBcentric?
 

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Last year was my first CX season and I raced a Niner Air 9 Carbon set up SS. We had an extremely muddy series, so I'd mount narrow CX tires on my Crest rims and I ended up winning the overall season title (never won an individual race, but lots of 2nds and 3rds..best 8 out of 10 races).

This year though two races in, I've gotten pretty much gotten spanked in each of them. Hopefully I can have a strong second half of season.

Going to be racing in the SSCXWC in San Francisco in November: SSCXWC 2011, San Francisco CA | 2011 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships
 

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Last year I did, and in September I was all psyched to race CX again, but then I started thinking all serious like and that's no fun (i.e. training and practicing), so I'm just going to ride my bike until mtb racing season starts again.
There was a local series last year where there were a half dozen races within 20 minutes from home that didn't return this year, so that's part of it too (I did enough traveling for the mtb racing).
 

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Been yearning to race CX for a while now. Just never got around to getting a proper Cx bike. I've been shopping for a Cx frame/bike for a few days. Not sure if I want to build or buy complete. Only complete that really intrigues me is the Felt Breed. But it's a little more than what I want to spend ($1,300). I may end up going with the run of the mill Cross Check. Don't know much about All-City Nature Boy or Pake C'Mute. EDIT: In search of a San Jose as well.

Anybody got any other suggestions?

Don't tell me this doesn't get you excited:

check this site - Single Speed Cyclocross Bikes - Single Speed Cyclocross
 

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I always wondered why CX guys don't run flat bars. Seems like you'd have way more control even with a 23" flat rather than drops. Is it just tradition, I mean CX started as a way for roadies to keep riding in the off season, right? Am I too MTBcentric?
Not kool. Im sure you know roadies. If something isnt traditional, they are not interested. That goes for flat/riser bars, v brakes and stuff. Its just a super conservative crowd.

And drop bars are great BTW. I have a set on a mountain bike and they kick ass(even in the technical stuff). tons of leverage and multiple riding positions. Its also possible to get aero which could be important in racing cross.
 

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I did a CX race with my 1x1 with Transition 32 wheels, 2.1 SB8's and disc brakes... basically a tank. I came in last but it was fun as hell.

Bought some 29er wheels and slapped some 700x42 tires on there and it came out a little lighter than before. Might switch out the Torsion bar to the dirt drop Cowbells later.

I'll probably still come in last but this time, nobody will lap me!
 

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I think it's the UCI that's the over-conservative group here, banning lots of things before they become too popular and change the look of the sport too much. CX riders seem to be a bit more progressive than the roadies I know at least. Disc brakes do seem to be catching on pretty quickly now that they're UCI legal, and I've seen lots of v-brake conversions and a whole heap of 1x10 cross bikes posted online by riders

I'm considering ditching my drop bar 29er conversion that I've been using for road and gravel and picking up a Fantom Cross Uno as my winter beater for the same purpose. Gears are pretty nice to have on the road (especially without the worry of indexed shifting) but there's something about SS that just always draws me back in!
 

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Single speed with discs. Raleigh has it under road bike but could it do a cross race?

Check it out-Furley. Maybe my Orange Surly 1x1 needs a big brother!
Yep, that beauty is made for cross :thumbsup:

I haven't checked enough to know how close the geo is, but the On One Pompetamine is another disc brake drop bar bike with clearance for cross tires and cranksets.
 
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