I have a mate with 2k burning a hole in his pockets. Now before he spends it on strippers and coke… help me suggest him an off the shelf CX bike. He was originally after a roadie for commuting to and from work. I then planted the idea in his head that if he gets a CX bike he would be able to ride off road (he used to ride BMX)… his ears pricked up.
Happy to hear any suggestions. I have no idea… a lot of brands seem to do CX bikes but then they don’t seem to be available in Australia.
^ I highly recommend going in there and expressing an interest in purchasing a ‘fixie’ because you’ve heard they’re cool. As far as cx bikes go let me not recommend a cross check if you’re thinking about racing it. I love mine to bits but the thought of actually shouldering it this year fills me with dread.
as for disc/canti debate. i think right now, it depends on where your stock lies. i have spare road wheels, carbons and a house full of mates road bikes - so canti’s work best for spare bits. if you’re an MTB’er and have 29er wheels floating around everywhere from that craze… then i’d go a disc bike.
once hydro discs become the norm, discs will rule. until then… not so much. Those Nys and Albert guys seems to still be going plenty fast on cantis.
what Coach Spiro said… though im reserving judgement on hydro until i try it. discs definitely have their advantages but they arent the game changer that the MTBers make them out to be IMO especially if you have a backstock of rim brake wheels.
As coach Nik Cee pointed out to me, if you’re racing CX, why do you need discs to stop so suddenly? Watching the Koppenburg Cross I couldn’t see anyone on discs, the push seems to be coming more from the US.
Having said that I’m getting a new cx frame with disc mounts on it because I want it to do light touring commuting and cx… still thinking whether or not to include removeable canti studs on it though