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 Post subject: Vetta CX bike...
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:25 pm 
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I've ordered a simple but custom steel CX frame to play around on gravel roads and to use with light luggage for weekend trips. Tubing is Deda ZeroUno and the geometry is based on my Merlin Extralight. I've send Antonio Taverna from Cicli Vetta in Padova my drawings and construction started today...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:45 pm 
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That's some serious bottom bracket drop for a CX bike. Steep HT angle too. Any particular reason for these choices?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:13 pm 
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The mentioned playing around on gravel roads. I've used my Merlin and Bianchi with 25mm tires on gravel, unpaved dirt roads and those grinded seashells in the dunes here in the Dutch coast region. Geometry and BB drop were fine because they're still roads/tracks without deep sand or serious mud so all I needed was some added comfort from fatter tires to tackle surfacing tree roots and other bumps, and to get more grip in corners. I've used a cx bike on those tracks in the past but soon realized it was "overkill". Likewise for short weekend trips, which only need a luggage carrier with one or two bags and a tent and some bigger tires for the added weight but otherwise require my preferred geometry and position from my normal road bike. I used to do such trips years ago on my old steel Peugeot racing bike with luggage carrier and 28mm tires.

Some pics I took of those tracks...

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 Post subject: Re: Vetta CX bike...
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I have a friend who made him self a bike with almost the same geometry for 'cross and he is thrilled. Sometimes there is a little toe overlap, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Vetta CX bike...
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How much is it by the way?

And steel or carbon fork?


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 Post subject: Re: Vetta CX bike...
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With 4 canti studs in the picture I might think steel fork.

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 Post subject: Re: Vetta CX bike...
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Juanmoretime wrote:
With 4 canti studs in the picture I might think steel fork.


you've got a point there...


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 Post subject: Re: Vetta CX bike...
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:53 pm 
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Well spotted ;)

It's € 600,00 for frame, fork and paint. Parts will be a mix of Campagnolo 10 speed Record, Chorus, Centaur and Pista, Campagnolo cantilevers, Syntace F99, Brooks C17, and previous model Record hubs with H+Son TB14 and Challenge Chicane tires.

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Nice one, looking forward to the progress!


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Ready for some paint...

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The frame and fork will be shipped next week.

Small change of plans, since its "maiden voyage" with light luggage will be a two week tour in the Ardennes in April, the Pista cranks with 42t chainring will be to much to tackle the steep climbs. Instead, I will mount Chorus carbon UT cranks (I have a set in the spare parts box) with a single 39t ring with a medium cage Chorus 10sp rear derailleur. With those changes I'm thinking about matching the bike with my Merlin, both in parts as in paintjob (mix of Chorus/Record 10sp, Open Pro ceramic wheels, Brooks C17, Campagnolo seatpost, different color, same font), making it a steel replica of the Merlin (same geometry, only differences are a 143mm headtube instead of 158mm to compensate for the 390mm fork stead of the 375mm road fork and a 1cm shorter top tube to compensate for the longer chainstays) but with fat tires and canti brakes.

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Congratulations! It looks beautiful. Now the build please!

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Just waiting for some final components, some are a bit hard to find ;)

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