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i picked up a 2013 TCX1 for about half retail.
cx9 mini v's, aftermarket tape and arione cx, a530 pedals. goes well, sub 10kg with smart sam's. very happy with it.
I gave up waiting for Focus to get their s*%t together and ended up buying a 2014 Giant TXC Advanced 0.
I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting but whatever it was has certainly been exceeded. Excellent bike. Is it for everybody? No. Is it twice as good than a focus that was going to be half the price? Yes, easily.
Noice! Between the Adv 0 or 1 any punter is going to be a happy camper!
Perhaps a little excessive, but I'v had my eye on one of these as a wet weather throw-around commuter type bike...
There is one in my size at a local dealer (but I dont think there can be many left, or can be ordered). The missus is not yet onboard, but if it doesnt sell in the next little while, I might throw a cheeky offer out there. I havent seen anything newer from Focus though?
Didnt realise that these had come down by quite so much, so this could also be an option.
Definitely want something with Hyd-Disks though... Which brings up a point. Given I wont be doing any actual Cyclocross riding, If I can hold off through this winter and wait to see what Disk Brake Roadies come out (Defy around the same price etc.), then maybe that'd be a better option for what I am looking for, for next winter? The CX type bikes seem pretty heavy to me, in comparison.
Re-hashing an old thread, I know.....
I recently bought a 2013 Focus CX2.0 frameset and built it up - thread here:- viewtopic.php?f=73&t=79786
I built it up with Ultegra, Zipp, Avid and FSA components and run it on gravel / dirt with Conti CX Speed 35mm tyres and on the road with 23mm Maxxis Re-Fuse (until they wear out, which may be never!).
The bike rides very nicely and I cannot complain about anything with how it went together. I've done about 500Km (mixed) on it and am very happy.
I can recommend Focus Mares to anyone shopping for a CX frame and/or complete bike.
But was it under $2000?
I could have bought it as a 105-built rig (how I first saw it in the shop) for $1700, but had it stripped and bought it frameset only.
Here's my pick for under $2000.
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... ibbfrax205
Cheap and cheerful frame. If it's as tough as their audax alloy frame it will give years of service. Build it up with spares from the shed and ride it into the ground.
How about this?
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/cycloc ... /102556438
For an extra $999 this would be a great deal - http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/cycloc ... /102595513
But, it is Special(ized) and people are happy to pay for them......
Yeah the Norcos do look good. I've been researching CX bikes recently and overlooked them. Until now the Crux looked to be the best value. Norco have a great variety/range of specs with different (Shimano) drivetrains. Most other CX bikes seem to come with any groupset you want as long as it's SRAM.
they chop and change... 2014 Giant TCX range was all Sram, 2015 is all Shimano!
apparently the Norco's are selling out very quickly, there are delays until the second batch are built some time next year i'm told.
they've a fantastic bike, Norco have come leaps and bounds with all their bikes over the last ~12 months. plenty of their MTB's are flooding the market too.
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