Europa CX version??

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Europa CX version??

Postby vaeske » Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:42 am

Its been a while since i've had a project/semi-project on the go but a friend threw this at me the other day and said either you take it or i'm chucking it.

Europa frame with cantis and 700c wheels. Could this be an earlier cx build or does this come 26in wheels and someone just threw in 700s for functionality?? I asked my mate and he said he bought it second hand off someone else so that side of the story ends right there.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:51 am

Brake mounts say its built for 700c not 26 inch. Maybe an early hybrid. Cool that it lugged though. Fork looks nice.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby drubie » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:37 am

BRLVR.v2 wrote:Brake mounts say its built for 700c not 26 inch. Maybe an early hybrid. Cool that it lugged though. Fork looks nice.


BRLVR.v2 is right - it's a Hybrid - Repco used to make a "cross trainer" or something (can't remember the exact name). Perfect for a CX conversion if you want to go that way. I figure it must have been an 18 month fad sometime around when the mountain bike revolution was going on.

CX bikes in those days used to be whatever you had in the shed - dedicated CX frames are a relatively recent phenomenon as the racers used to convert touring frames.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby utedeej » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:45 am

Looks vey similar to the first mtb that i ever owned. It was a Europa with pretty much the same forks/frame. Mine was definitely 26", and i'm pretty sure the fork was drilled too though.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby Dan » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:53 am

Single speed it, with a coaster brake and knobbly tyres. And a flat cap. All the cool kids are doing it. I'm told.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby familyguy » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:28 am

SS Monstercross. It's gotta happen.

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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby Dan » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:01 am

Last week's raturday degenerated into a discussion on brakeless ss downhill slalom courses.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby munga » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:00 pm

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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby Dan » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:51 pm

Want. Can I get it with spokey dokes?
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby Saro28 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:18 pm

I have the Exact same build but 26" same green, no purple. My bars are one peice, BIG hooks not extensions :oops: fugly as.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:58 pm

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Oh noes, aero wheels! I CAN wait for the inevitable...

I'd give one of them a go if somebody could lend me some leathers...
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby Wal42 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:33 pm

Got 3 sets of road race leathers here guess I could donate a set, in return for you destroying a set of my leathers, I want the video. LOL. :lol: :lol: :lol:

On the subject of the Europa, I got my son a mid 90's Repco MTB, it was identical except for the 700c wheels, the mtb had 26" wheels.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby vaeske » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:26 am

while i'd love to have a little project going on the background while the house needs plenty more love, its not even my flinging size... i'm looking for expressions of interest...52cm i think. anyone need a europa hybrid with cantis?
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby Wazza » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:51 am

I'd take Vaeske but I have an old mongoose coming for the 'foreshore' rides with the missus. I needed something a bit slower as she gets cranky when I free wheel past her on one of my roadies :shock:
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby drubie » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:43 am

vaeske wrote:while i'd love to have a little project going on the background while the house needs plenty more love, its not even my flinging size... i'm looking for expressions of interest...52cm i think. anyone need a europa hybrid with cantis?


Dammit - it's too far away for me to come and get.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby gordy » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:10 pm

PM sent, Vaeske.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby sturmey archer » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:46 pm

drubie wrote:
BRLVR.v2 wrote:Brake mounts say its built for 700c not 26 inch. Maybe an early hybrid. Cool that it lugged though. Fork looks nice.


BRLVR.v2 is right - it's a Hybrid - Repco used to make a "cross trainer" or something (can't remember the exact name). Perfect for a CX conversion if you want to go that way. I figure it must have been an 18 month fad sometime around when the mountain bike revolution was going on.

CX bikes in those days used to be whatever you had in the shed - dedicated CX frames are a relatively recent phenomenon as the racers used to convert touring frames.


I belive Hybrids were known as "cross bikes" back when they first appeared . My 1996 Shogun Metro AT sports "Outer butted Templite CROSS Tubing" Which from observation is a tubeset so heavy weight it will survive the Apocolypse!

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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby jbchybridrider » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:36 pm

My old Giant Innova was marketed as a cross bike, even labeled that on the decals and would make a great CX build. The Innova name is still used on there current hybrids
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby vaeske » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:51 pm

right so the europa is a lot smaller than what i'm riding and measures 55cm effective/53cm actual tt and 48st for reference.
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Re: Europa CX version??

Postby munga » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:36 am

not really suited for drop bars then. that's kinda standard geo for a mtb, so i'd think of it as a 17" or 18" 29'er
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