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  • Psychotext 4 Nov 2013 19:36:12 53,849 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Cock it, I've entered the Marmotte. Should be fun.
    You roadies are mostly broken. :p

    Edited by Psychotext at 19:36:33 04-11-2013
  • elstoof 4 Nov 2013 19:43:19 6,631 posts
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    You up for it Psycho? I've got a bike you can borrow.
  • Psychotext 4 Nov 2013 20:22:10 53,849 posts
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    Sure, let me just wax my legs...

    ...no.
  • Psychotext 4 Nov 2013 23:09:43 53,849 posts
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    Any mudroadies care to take a look over this?

    I have the iwants and I'd like to know if it's any good.

    Edited by Psychotext at 11:00:31 05-11-2013
  • MikeP 5 Nov 2013 16:02:37 1,771 posts
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    @Psychotext Oh yes indeed. That's a great bike, especially at the price.

    If anything, I'd be tempted to go for the model down, this one:

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3200

    An 11 spd Ultegra groupset is a bit posh for a CX bike, IMO. However, both of them are extremely good value for money.
  • Psychotext 5 Nov 2013 23:07:41 53,849 posts
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    Cool, I don't really know much about the gears on these things. If that's overkill then the next one down will probably suit me just fine indeed.
  • andytheadequate 5 Nov 2013 23:24:06 8,081 posts
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    Went on my first night ride yesterday, the descents are bloody terrifying!

    I've also never seen a muddier bike, 3 weeks of rain has left the trails waterlogged. I had to unjam my chain of mud using a twig three times
  • MikeP 6 Nov 2013 12:37:01 1,771 posts
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    @Psychotext

    The 105 groupset on the model down is pretty much the workhorse of Shimano's range. It's well-engineered, reliable and also not too expensive in case you break it.

    Canyon normally leave things like the frame & fork consistent across a model range, so there should be no compromises there.
  • Psychotext 6 Nov 2013 12:45:38 53,849 posts
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    Bah, the next one down is grey / silver and lime green. Barstewards.
  • Deleted user 6 November 2013 12:50:44
    my next bike is a canyon (probably a force-22 ultimate AL)

    great value & great bikes to boot
  • Psychotext 6 Nov 2013 12:53:44 53,849 posts
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    Quite like this one as well: Grr ffs EG, fix the autolinker

    Don't know about the brakes on it though.

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:58:19 06-11-2013
  • Deleted user 6 November 2013 12:58:11
    looks good value too; the CAAD series is well regarded but I think the quality is variable. iunno anything about cx bikes sorry

    otoh someone pls buy me one of these:
  • Deleted user 6 November 2013 12:59:44
    the croix de fer might be worth looking at too
  • MikeP 6 Nov 2013 13:24:08 1,771 posts
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    Croix de fer is a proper tank. It's not really a CX race bike, but it's a good commuter/ruggedised tourer.

    Cube's are a good shout too http://www.cube.eu/en/bikes/road-race/cross-race/cross-race/

    For example.

    I'd really avoid carbon fibre frames for a cross bike too - carbon fork, Alu frame is where it's at.
  • MikeP 6 Nov 2013 13:37:08 1,771 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Quite like this one as well: Grr ffs EG, fix the autolinker

    Don't know about the brakes on it though.
    Cannondale is a solid choice.
  • Psychotext 6 Nov 2013 13:55:06 53,849 posts
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    So why is it that CX bikes generally don't use hydraulic discs (those with discs tend to be cable pull)? Surely the weight penalty isn't that significant?

    Edited by Psychotext at 14:08:51 06-11-2013
  • Trafford 6 Nov 2013 14:49:25 5,635 posts
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    Simplicity and weight I guess. Good clearence for the omnipresent mud also.
    Pro regulations have only just changed to allow disc brakes in races.
  • Trafford 6 Nov 2013 15:01:04 5,635 posts
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    @Psychotext.
    I'd have thought a man with your spanner twirling capabilities would avoid off the peg builds.
    I mean, all you need is a cheap Karate Monkey frame and go from there ;)
  • Psychotext 6 Nov 2013 15:40:05 53,849 posts
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    Sadly once you pay for the equivalent parts you're often looking at more than the off the shelf bike costs by some margin. I don't have Canyon's buying power.

    Also, that frame is ugly. :p

    Edited by Psychotext at 15:40:24 06-11-2013
  • MikeP 6 Nov 2013 16:27:24 1,771 posts
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    The problem has been that it's hard to incorporate the hydraulic cylinder at the lever end. There's limited space due to the shifting being hidden in there.

    SRAM Red is hydro. The levers look fooking ridiculous, and not very ergonomic. Shimano is better, as they have electronic shifting with the hydro system. It's still not very good (the hoods are too tall to be comfy), and the system is cobbled together from pre-existing MTB parts.

    The most recent solution (and seemingly the best for CX) is the TRP HY/RD caliper. It has a hydraulic system in the caliper, activated by the standard brake cable. That allows for proper floating pads on both sides of the disc, and automatic pad adjustment.
  • Psychotext 6 Nov 2013 17:37:22 53,849 posts
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    Informative, cheers.
  • Psychotext 7 Nov 2013 10:32:41 53,849 posts
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    Was reading about a guy who did the three peaks event on a singlespeed... what a total fucking nutter. I can't even imagine that agony.
  • elstoof 7 Nov 2013 10:46:34 6,631 posts
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    There's a write up on the Fred Witton website of a guy who did it on a fixie. I don't know what would be worse, going up the Hardknott fixed to the wrong gear or coming down the other side fixed to the wrong gear.
  • Psychotext 7 Nov 2013 10:57:05 53,849 posts
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    Ugh... that's beyond stupid!
  • OptimusPube 7 Nov 2013 10:59:04 2,909 posts
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    Honestly where is the enjoyment in that?

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC˛

  • Trafford 7 Nov 2013 16:37:17 5,635 posts
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    I read one about a guy doing the 3 peaks on a fixie, and a crank broke off half way.....

    Don't know what you guys fear about SS, with enough training you rocket up hills while your mates are still selecting the right gear.
    Especially in CX where you're hopping off and running for obstacles and climbs
    SS and fixed off road is not enjoyable though.
  • Psychotext 7 Nov 2013 17:07:26 53,849 posts
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    With enough injections of snake and spider venom I'm sure I could replicate the feeling of childbirth too... but it's still not something I'd want to inflict on myself.
  • Psychotext 8 Nov 2013 13:14:11 53,849 posts
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    Anyone here fancy doing any of Wiggle's / UK Cycling Event's mountain bike events in 2014?

    Southern Rough Ride and South Downs Epic MTB look like they should be pretty chewy.

    http://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/category/mtb

    Edited by Psychotext at 13:14:29 08-11-2013
  • MikeP 8 Nov 2013 21:36:14 1,771 posts
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    Yeah, I'd be up for a bit of that, provided I can loan an MTB from someone.
  • Psychotext 8 Nov 2013 21:49:51 53,849 posts
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    I can't remember, were you a bit taller than me?

    I could bring the missus's bike if you were (to be honest it would probably be fine anyway).
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