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So I'm looking around to see if there is a road bike that can just barely fit some 35c tires (our local cross races are dry, sandy events), and still have the quicker and high speed handling of a road bike. Things like a 72.5-73 head tube angle, 69-70 by drop, shorter than average chainstays (410-415cm), and while I like rim brakes just fine, im guessing disks are the only real way of doing this and still look like a road bike. The gravel/adventure bikes out there are too dirt oriented/slow steering and I'd like something more playful.
Honestly not too fussed about frame material. Carbon is cool, aluminum is OK if not too harsh, and modern steel looks awesome (as long as it doesn't weigh a ton - currently on a 15lb road bike)
Too much to ask of one bike?
Thanks for any ideas,
Look at the CruX, the Major Jake and the Stigmata, they're all pretty snappy handling bikes. I haven't ridden the Niner BSB, but the geometry looks pretty good on that bike too.
Out of the bikes suggested, the stigmata would be near the top of my list and is worth taking for a test ride. I actually live about 50-60 miles south of them so it makes sense that they would make a bike suited to my terrain.
On a side note - a road discs sufficiently sorted out yet? I don't like all these axle standards, brake mount standards, etc.
Both are cross bikes.
Both are about rocketships on the road.
Neither will hold you back.
I find myself riding my Scott with road tires more than my road bike.
I have a 2nd set of Wheels- Hed Ardennes SL with Conti GP4000 II 700x28mm tires. I love this combo on the road.
Its an Open Cycles "UP" frame, founded by a Cervelo guy. There's a lot of clever engineering going on, but best of all, the geometry looks pretty tight and awesome. I wouldn't mind one of these at all, but the frame is a bit pricier than I can afford at the moment.
The large has a 420mm chainstay, 72.5° HT, 70mm BB drop and a nice tight 1014mm wheelbase. It can fit a 40mm tire on a 700c rim, or a 56mm tire on a 27.5er rim.
Problem with the UP is gearing- can't put larger than 34/50 on it. May not matter to some, matters much to others.
Also- front end stack on the UP is as low as aggressive road bikes- like a Tarmac or H1 Trek. Could be an advantage for some- deal breaker for others.
I have seen my share of Open UP's with 4cm of spacers under the stem.
Diverge? I kind of don't get that bike- Why not have more clearance than that? I would take a Crux over a Diverge any day-
Diverge handles like a Roubaix- not like a Crux.
AJS914 wrote:Crux geometry is very similar to the OpenUP. If you are keen on the used market, the Crux sells relatively cheap. I picked up my like new 2015 S-Works Crux for a song.
Switching between road and cross, you'll probably need to change the stem for bar height reasons. But other than that it's perfect.
65mm Bb drop, 420 chainstays. Bit to high on front but I compensate it by 120/-17* stem. In comparison to both / road& cx canti / I lost on weight ( +400g to cx ... disc brakes :/ and that includes heavier wheels ) and 700g to road bike ( heavier frame & disc brakes ).
Only issue is handlebar width. On road I like 42, on gravel roads 44... Now have 44 and feels to wide for road; but having 1 bike for both means compromises.
I can be wrong, and have plenty of examples for that
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