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Time to upgrade (to steel!)

Oct. 22, 2015, 2:16 p.m.
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I'm ready to sell my 12-y/o Spec Allez roadie that I use for commuting and upgrade to a more versatile, steel-framed, do-more bike. Will be used to commute to/from work (22km), winter training (60-80km), and 'hopefully' race amateur on next year local CX circuit. Budget is $2K max. So far my options are:
Surly Straggler -

Brodie Tiber -

Any other options you can think of? Short list of wants but:
- stays big enough to accept proper fenders and 38mm tires
- disc brakes
- Shimano 105, SRAM Rival or higher components

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Oct. 22, 2015, 6:45 p.m.
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Not sure if you can fit cross tires in a Tiber or not…..

But, and I can't believe I'm saying this, the Norco Search steel frames look pretty rad….. The Hayes Brakes are not that good though.

Oct. 23, 2015, 7:57 a.m.
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Thanks for the Norco reco.
I'll have to check with my LBS on the Tiber. I read Morgan's article about the Wolff (similar frame dimensions as the Tiber) that noted the frame/fork can fit tires upto 40mm wide. However, the front derailleur rubs on rear tires larger than 32mm.
Unless I switch to single front ring…

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Oct. 23, 2015, 10:41 a.m.
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Transition Rapture? gotta like the promo video…{ts_2015-10-23_12:32:49}-933a63470dcad360-FBC1F853-9FE0-43AE-7A7226E977FFE23C

Oct. 24, 2015, 2:12 p.m.
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Check out the options from Planet X I have had a kaffenback as a do it all bike and it did

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Oct. 26, 2015, 8:08 a.m.
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I have a brodie monster, originally wanted a straggler but they have pretty racy geometry

Nov. 5, 2015, 12:21 p.m.
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One thing you don't want is mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulic are so much more simple and require far less maintenance.

Debate? Bikes are made for riding not pushing.

Nov. 6, 2015, 7:43 a.m.
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I have a Surly Disc Trucker. Great bike for commuting and touring, although I don't know how competitive you could be on it for cross.

Being cheap is OK. Being a clueless sanctimonious condescending douchebag is just Vlad's MO.

Nov. 6, 2015, 9:41 a.m.
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I don't know how picky the local CX races are for tire size. Unless you weigh more than 170lbs you aren't allowed to use a 38mm tire at a UCI event. A 35 mm tire is the widest I would be allowed to use although for commuting I lean towards a 32mm cross tire. I have a 38mm tire on right now (that was all they had and I had a screw in my tire). It clears my frame but I had to make sure my rim was damn true and it's a bit of a pig.

ps. Just checked the rules. Looks like tire size is fine unless you race elite level in which case you would be subject to the UCI tire rule.

Nov. 7, 2015, 2:58 p.m.
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I asked yesterday and I gather that tires are measured at nationals and provincials. Not at local reces.

Debate? Bikes are made for riding not pushing.

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