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  • menthel wrote:
    Another thing against cross bikes are that they seem to be smothered in SRAM! I don't bloody like double tap. ;).

    You will find just as many with Shimano. Personally I would never fit SRAM on my bike... maybe the RD, as the 1:1 ones are very good
  • That Ritchey above would look lovely in Record. Just lovely.
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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    That Ritchey above would look lovely in Record. Just lovely.

    Fails on 3 counts:
    Not carbon
    It's a flipping CX bike
    I am not doing campagnolo again- it's a pain in the bum to maintain at home.

    Otherwise, lovely! ;)
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
  • It's steel. Steel is cool, so very cool.

    It's a utilitarian bike. A real world bike. So, very cool.

    Groupset, the beauty to frame only is you get to choose. Choose wisely though. Be cool.
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  • leeefmleeefm Posts: 260
    May as well push the boat out... ;)

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    Argon 18 Radon
  • #thingsofbeauty

    Not really though, you've just found an arty photoshopped photo of something that really quite ordinary:

    swiss-cross-disc-2014.jpg

    It's like when people voted Bianca from Eastenders as being one of the world's sexiest women. Some people are just odd.
  • Gingerist.

    I have a Planet X XLS coming today. Pretty flanders colours. Carbon.

    It's fairly exciting but I would be bunking off work if that Ritchey were on the van for delivery.
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  • And here's the red one, cantis mind.

    Ritchey-Swiss-Cross-30.jpg
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  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    It's a utilitarian bike. A real world bike. So, very cool.

    This is where I am in my lifecycle too. I no longer own a carbon bike.

    I've got an old alu road bike that I ride in the summer, an alu CX bike (that is brilliant and this morning with all of 30 miles on it I was thinking that it could easily replace the Cervelo), a Brompton, a steel SS and an alu SS hybrid for family rides.

    This is substantially fewer bikes than I had in August and I don't think I need any more (although I reserve the right to change my mind).
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    Blimey, me thread is full of jumped up mountain bikes made of girders!
    RIP commute...
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  • menthel wrote:
    Blimey, me thread is full of jumped up mountain bikes made of girders!

    you lot are the reason for the price of oil today. Which in turn causes more cars to be on the roads. Shame on you.
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  • What's not to freaking like?

    DSC_0633.jpg
    Focus-CX-full1.jpg
  • leeefmleeefm Posts: 260
    What's not to freaking like?

    Those big metal circular things attached to the hubs... :twisted:

    [luddite alert]
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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    Knobbly tyres and that they look like they will smell like talcum powder...
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
  • I rest my case.

    You will buy a road bike... you will get excited about a 3 second improvement on BoxHill... autumn will arrive, you will realise you got it wrong and you have three bikes but none really... you will sell one bike and buy a CX bike... I was just trying to speed up the inevitable, but maybe things have to follow their natural course... :wink:
  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    I rest my case.

    You will buy a road bike... you will get excited about a 3 second improvement on BoxHill... autumn will arrive, you will realise you got it wrong and you have three bikes but none really... you will sell one bike and buy a CX bike... I was just trying to speed up the inevitable, but maybe things have to follow their natural course... :wink:

    3 seconds faster? My times up box hill are measured in epochs! ;)

    Still 3 seconds less to wait for cake sounds very promising...
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
  • dhopedhope Posts: 6,699
    Asprilla wrote:
    an alu CX bike (that is brilliant and this morning with all of 30 miles on it I was thinking that it could easily replace the Cervelo),
    You quite liked its first ride too then? 8)
    I still need to muster up some annoyance at the poor service when I email them, then I'll be waxing lyrical about it too

    Sorry, back to topic. That BMC looked quite nice, you sure the Di2 frame doesn't take mechanical?
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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    dhope wrote:
    Asprilla wrote:
    an alu CX bike (that is brilliant and this morning with all of 30 miles on it I was thinking that it could easily replace the Cervelo),
    You quite liked its first ride too then? 8)
    I still need to muster up some annoyance at the poor service when I email them, then I'll be waxing lyrical about it too

    Sorry, back to topic. That BMC looked quite nice, you sure the Di2 frame doesn't take mechanical?

    Fairly sure- I had a poke around and it seemed that those frames are di2 specific.
    RIP commute...
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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    spasypaddy wrote:
    why are CX riders so militant?

    It fills the void left behind because they bought a confused mountain bike rather than a real road bike! ;)
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
  • spasypaddy wrote:
    why are CX riders so militant?

    Cos we're niche and marginalised. You have to be bloody militant to do some of the stuff we do. :lol:
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 24,974 Lives Here
    leeefm wrote:
    What's not to freaking like?

    Those big metal circular things attached to the hubs... :twisted:

    [luddite alert]
    Do you remember that steep hill with a sharp bend at the bottom on the Ditchling Devil? Those big metal things did a very good job of stopping me without any drama on that. And I don't remember Menthel comparing my bike to a tractor then either :evil:
  • leeefmleeefm Posts: 260
    Veronese68 wrote:
    Do you remember that steep hill with a sharp bend at the bottom on the Ditchling Devil? Those big metal things did a very good job of stopping me without any drama on that. And I don't remember Menthel comparing my bike to a tractor then either :evil:

    Indeed I do, I think we all struggled there, bar you. I am a luddite though when it comes to discs... (actually probably more scared at how good they are at stopping :oops: )

    Don't let my luddite-ness put you off Menthel!
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 24,974 Lives Here
    What about something like this?
    avro.jpg
    Decent brakes with the added disadvantages of a pure road bike. ie. it won't take fat tyres.
  • the_fugglerthe_fuggler Posts: 1,228
    They've got that Saracen in my LBS. Lovely in the flesh.
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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    I'm not all that bothered by disc brakes- I suspect I will end up without them this time but with for the next commuter.

    I suspect this is going to go one of two ways- I ride the emonda and love it or I end up in Condor with my sweaty hands on a squadra...
    RIP commute...
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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    Oh and speaking of the Devil (Ditchling) anyone fancy it again? ;)
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
  • They've got that Saracen in my LBS. Lovely in the flesh.

    That's good because it's pig-ugly in that photo ;)

    If I was buying a carbon bike now I'd probably be jumping on the disc bandwagon. They're the future, apparently.
  • menthel wrote:
    spasypaddy wrote:
    why are CX riders so militant?

    It fills the void left behind because they bought a confused mountain bike rather than a real road bike! ;)

    MTBikes have their place, but it's clearly not the south east... you'll struggle to find more than a handful of miles where you are legally allowed to ride that do require a MTBike
  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    menthel wrote:
    spasypaddy wrote:
    why are CX riders so militant?

    It fills the void left behind because they bought a confused mountain bike rather than a real road bike! ;)

    MTBikes have their place, but it's clearly not the south east... you'll struggle to find more than a handful of miles where you are legally allowed to ride that do require a MTBike

    I know the chap who owns large tracts of the Hurtwood- he says that they are an absolute pain. They endanger themselves and others making tracks on private land and then don't really take any care around the forestry machinery that it there. It is a beautiful part of the world though- especially around the back of Peaslake and then back towards Friday street. One of my favourite cycles!
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
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