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Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby enduro2 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:02 pm

Why am I considering a cyclo cross? I enjoy cycling, hike and nature/landscape photography and want a bike that can assist me with all these pursuits. For photography, I'm hoping to be able to get about to places faster than on foot where a car is unable to go and for general cycling to be able to go fast enough to stay up with my friends and do about 20km or more a few times a week.

In a bike I'd hope to be able to mount a mud guard of some type, for it to be relatively light and around $1500 or so.

Perth stores don't seem to stock any cyclo cross bikes so I think I'm going to be shopping online for this one to get a reasonable deal. Two Perth shops have priced me above the RRP for this bike.

Alternatives to my desired option would be appreciated as would discussion concerning my choice. Remember I'm not a bike scientist but could talk ad nauseum about hiking or photography!

Cheers.
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby Mugglechops » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:08 pm

http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /100316967

Fits all your needs and within budget.

Have done 8000kms on my 2011 model.
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby Phil » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:09 pm

Two CX bikes in Canning Bridge Cycles yesterday - A Focus mares with 105/Discs and a Bianchi with Apex/Cantis Of course the Bianchi was Sexier ;-)

One of my mates is likely buying one as a commuter.
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby gururug » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:32 pm

Should work sweet.

Couple of thing;

Consider a size smaller or you could benefit from a shorter stem and flatbars + downtube shifters / triggers.
Consider wider tyres or a second wheelset. i'd say 32ish. There are occasions when I can;t take terrain on road tyres.
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby TDC » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:22 pm

gururug wrote:
Couple of thing;

Consider a size smaller or you could benefit from a shorter stem and flatbars + downtube shifters / triggers.
Consider wider tyres or a second wheelset. i'd say 32ish. There are occasions when I can;t take terrain on road tyres.


isn't this a mountain bike?
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby rabobank89 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:43 pm

Hey enduro,

Where in Perth are you located?

How about a Giant TCX 1 Cyclocross Bike? Can grab one for for your budget easy.

I just sold one to a forum member here and they are a great bike...

2013;

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/bik ... 061/57497/

2012 Run Out from Cottesloe or Carine Cycles;

http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102144350
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby eldavo » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:40 pm

Mugglechops wrote:http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles/merida/cyclocross/cyclo-cross-4-disc/narre-warren-north/vic/100316967

Fits all your needs and within budget.

Have done 8000kms on my 2011 model.


Doesn't Merida mean poo in Italian?
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby uglybob » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:02 pm

where are you located? Wembley Cycles have both Specialized and Focus 'cross bikes in stock!

Looking at getting one of the Focus Mares dics versions for myself! :)
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby enduro2 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:44 am

Thanks for all the constructive posts all.

Looking forward to a new bike..
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby Mugglechops » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:29 am

eldavo wrote:
Mugglechops wrote:http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles/merida/cyclocross/cyclo-cross-4-disc/narre-warren-north/vic/100316967

Fits all your needs and within budget.

Have done 8000kms on my 2011 model.


Doesn't Merida mean poo in Italian?


Not sure, but think it means Specialized in American :D
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby Pravda » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:25 pm

I'm looking at the same sort of thing, also in WA, but looking at a Kona Rove or Jake. There doesn't seem to be any stores in WA which stock any Konas apart from their mtbs. Anyone seen sight or sound of their CX bikes in Perth?
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby eldavo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:51 pm

I saw the city Specialized store on Milligan Street had Konas, I saw some road/city Kona bikes there so not just MTB at least, worth a call maybe to ask about the CX. If there's a Scandium alloy frame in stock, I'd like to see the specs and compare in person.
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby enduro2 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:56 pm

Thanks for the assistance all.

Made my purchase today and it will arrive soon.

I found that the Bike Exchange sellers for new bikes are not necessarily allowed to sell interstate so WA ppl may be stuck with what out LBS's have in stock or will order in for you.

That means no special prices for us!
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby eldavo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:06 pm

If it's Specialized or a brand chain etc. they may impose restrictions.
An independent LBS won't restrict you.
What did you choose?
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby uglybob » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:05 pm

what did you end up buying?
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby enduro2 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:57 am

I got a Merida Cyclo Cross 4D.

Just have to put it together and choose some accessories (mud guards, bottle holder etc) soon. Purchased a Pitbull 8500 U lock last night.
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Re: Newb to purchase cyclocross for general purpose bike

Postby Pravda » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:33 am

How much did you pay if you don't mind me asking. In the market myself and keen to find out what others have gone with.
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