I'm in the market for a cross bike to use for racing, dirt road rides, winter riding, some non-technical single track, and other opportunities as I see fit. I've been shopping around craigslist and the lbs for a while now, but haven't been able to find anything that fits what I want/need. Nothing on craigslist has been even close to my size (I'm 6'2" ish and comfy on my road bike with a 57.5 cm top tube). And nothing at my LBS, which only deals high end stuff like Colnago, is even close to my price range ($1,500 absolute max).
I was browsing Performance Bike the other day since my other options aren't working and stumbled upon the Fuji Cross 1.3, which is a Performance Bike exclusive model . I drove over to the nearest Perf Bike store to see if they had any to ride, but alas they didn't. I still test road a lower level Fuji while I was there with pretty much the same geometry and found it comfortable.
I like what I see in the 1.3 with its Sram Rival shifters/rear derailleur and Hayes Cx5 brakes. My roadie has Sram Apex and I really like double tap so I'd prefer to stick with Sram again. Also, I love the disk brakes (BB7's) on my mountain bike so I'd prefer to go that route. The fact that the 1.3 has 135mm rear spacing and a tapered head tube is nice too
Full componentry list:
Hayes CX-5 Mechanical, 160/140 rotors
SRAM PG-1050 11-28
KMC X10 10-speed
Oval 730 46/36 Cross
Cross carbon, with tapered alloy steerer, 1 1/4"
A2-SL custom-butted alloy with flattened top tube and integrated 1 1/4"L tapered head tube, oversized 34.9mm round seat tube, PIIS BB-86 shell, double water bottle mounts, forged road dropout with replaceable derailleur hanger
SRAM Apex, 34.9 clamp
Oval Ergo R310, 31.8mm clamp
FSA Orbit, tapered
SRAM Rival, midcage
Velo, Satin Steel Rails
Oval 300, 27.2 x 300
Oval 313, 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
Vittoria Cross XG Pro, 700x32, 26 TPI
Oval 327 alloy clincher
I guess this post is more or less just to ask if the current sale price of the 1.3 at $1,500 is worth it? Shopping around it seems like a pretty decent price for the components, but I'm fairly new to the cross scene so a confirmation would be nice. My only other options are Bikes Direct (which I'd rather not do, although my road bike that I got from them is just fine and I'm capable of doing mostly all my own wrenching) or wait until Diamondback comes out with their 2014 models and pro deal one through the USAC Collegiate Promotive deal (will probably be roughly $1,000 after shipping/tax for a 105 equipped model.)
I know this is a bit of a novel, but thanks!
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