When I sold my Nature Boy a number of years ago, it was mainly because it didn’t have gears or disc brakes. Since then I’ve had a couple of bikes to fill the void, with the latest being my CAAD8 set up as a 1*10 flat bar commuter.
While it was fun, it was very limiting in where I could take it, and road calipers REALLY suck in the rain.
I put my CAAD8 up for swap for a similar sized disc cross bike and a guy sent me a link to the Crosslight.
I ordered it and it sat in the spare room for a little while, as I gathered up a few parts.
Initially I had plans to move as many parts off the CAAD8, but winter on the Gardiners Creek trail is terribly sandy, so it was just easier to replace most of the drive train.
I did keep my stem/bars, saddle/seat post, 105 CX cranks and Saint shifter, so it still has a similar vibe.
The internet tells me this bike fits 41mm tyres with guards, but I erred on the side of caution and went with 38mm G-Ones. Initial ride to work this morning was promising, quite fast.
20170814_191106 by I WEAR MOCCOS, on Flickr
I originally thought I could run 160mm rotors front and back, though a test fit confirmed I couldn’t. 140mm rotors are tiny. Running XT calipers front and rear.
20170818_180005 by I WEAR MOCCOS, on Flickr
Plans are obviously to commute on it, ride some trails and maybe even a TWBD or two.
Will add some bottle cages and a front rack could be an option. I’m envious of people commuting without a back pack.
Fenders will wait until after summer, I’ll probably get wet a few more times this winter though.