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    Carbon vs Alluminum

    I'm about to purchase my first cyclocross bike and I have a dilemma. There's a great deal on a SuperX Carbon Rival or I can go with the CAADX Disc Ultegra. The SuperX is great because its all carbon, with speed save stays, but it doesn't have disc breaks and uses the lower qualit SRAM Rival system. The CAADX has all the components I want, especially if I get the 2014 with the new 11 speed Shinamo 6800. The CAADX has disc breaks, a carbon fork an a carbon/alloy mix save stay. Both bikes come in at the same price because the SuperX is on sale. I think the real deciding factor is if ballistec carbon is really that much better than CAADX alloy and If I should sacrifice high end parts just to get the full carbon frame. Will the ride really be that much smoother on the SuperX? I also am a bigger rider so I think I may prefer the geometry of the CAADX which has a more upright positioning. Lifting up both bikes they both feel like they are about the same weight. What are your thoughts?

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    Rival isn't lower quality for CX in my opinion. I'd go SuperX.

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    Definitely the CAADX!!!!

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    I wouldn't consider rival worse than Ultegra, both are the racer's workhorse groups for the given brands. I'm bigger (weight-wise, 220) and I prefer carbon over aluminum most days of the week. Only time I prefer aluminum is when I crash.

    Consider replacement cost of components as well, 11-speed is probably going to be a little pricier than 10-speed especially since it's only offered in the upper-tier groups still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerector View Post
    I wouldn't consider rival worse than Ultegra, both are the racer's workhorse groups for the given brands. I'm bigger (weight-wise, 220) and I prefer carbon over aluminum most days of the week. Only time I prefer aluminum is when I crash.

    Consider replacement cost of components as well, 11-speed is probably going to be a little pricier than 10-speed especially since it's only offered in the upper-tier groups still.
    Rival rivals (haha) Ultegra. IMHO, it tops it. I'd go with the 'Dale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kram View Post
    I'd go with the 'Dale.
    no doubt about it...

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    I race, therefore I crash, thus I chose alum when I built up my cross bike last year.

    The SuperX has a higher bottom bracket. Reguardless of frame material they will likely size different and should handle different too.

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