Titanium cyclocross / monstercross build

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SWijland
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Yesterday I picked up the frameset for my new titanium cyclocross / monstercross build. The frame is a Radon R1 Titan trekking frame, which according to the seller was built by German titanium specialist Kocmo. The frame came with a very unusual Jeff Jones titanium truss fork. From what I have read about it, the fork should be pretty spectacular.

Next will be sorting out the parts for the build. Thinking of going with Avid BB7 or TRP Spyre brakes. The rest is still undecided.

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by HillRPete

The fork will take care about the "monster" part nicely.

Are you considering 650b wheels? I have made good experience with 650b on a converted CX. With voluminous MTB tyres the geometry is true to the design (700C + 32mm tyres), giving nice handling. (Unfortunately I don't have a lot of nice "in between" terrain at my disposal, so building a real MTB now. Vintage of course)

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by TimmS

Would love to see how this will turn out!

I saw the frame for sale on mp but unfortunately it's too big for me.

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I picked up a donor bike for the build today. It is a De Rosa Merak Deda V107, built up with a first generation Campagnolo Record carbon groupset (alu cage, alu square taper cranks, silver brakes) and Campagnolo Record titanium hubs. I just took it out for a spin and despite its age, some 10-14 years I suspect, it is a really nice ride. I will take it apart after I finish my search of parts, but until then I think I will ride it a bit more.

@HillRPete: I have considered 650b wheels, but seeing as I would also like to use this build on the road (with 30-ish mm tires), I am starting off with 29" wheels and take it from there.

@TimmS: I would have liked it to be a bit smaller too, seeing as I usually ride smaller frames. That said, I am hoping that with a short stem (currently on a 57cm TT with a 120mm stem) and a short reach handlebar the large size won't be too much of a problem.

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by NGMN

With disc brakes, you could easily swap between 700 and 650b. A neat trick to keep in your pocket, so to speak.

Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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Below is a picture of the frameset with some parts on it I had lying around. It looks as if the fork stands a bit higher than it should, so I am hoping that won't affect the ride too much.


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