Monthly Archives: July 2012

Iron Cross 2012 Bike

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1998 Bianchi San Remo

  • size 58 cm frame
  • 25.9 pounds
  • Dedacciai Zero / cromoly tubing
  • Dedacciai chromoly fork
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  • Salsa in line brake levers
  • Tektro 926 mini v- brake with Problem Solvers travel agent
  • 35 mm Ritchey Speedmax
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  • Nashbar cantilever brakes
  • 35 mm Ritchey Speedmax
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  • triple–granny gear is great on steep and loose off road pitches
  • Shimano 520 SPD pedals
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  • Campagnolo 8 speed drivetrain
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  • Mavic 36 spoke MA-2’s wrapped in….
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    I bought this bike as my first “road bike” after riding a mountain bike on the road. Coming from a mountain bike, this pig felt light! Technically, it’s a touring frame, buy there isn’t too much difference in geometry between cross and touring bikes.

    I rode it for awhile, including a tri or two until the opportunity came up to buy an aluminum tri specific bike. This was an enlightenment in bike frame material technology and I realized this frame was in fact not light. The bike was parked for awhile as I acquired a aluminum Bianchi Giro as a daily driver.

    When the opportunity came to try cross, I dusted off the old Bianchi and threw some knobbies on ‘er. She was also pressed into service to carry the baby seat.

    She again got a new lease on life when I signed up for 2012 Iron Cross. I added the mini-v brake up front to reduce fork chatter. Also added the in line levers for shifting weight back on descents. I also changed out handle bars from a Cannondale and seat post from a Trek mountain bike. The seat is from my Bianchi road bike–too plush for the road but great for cross–also matches frame color! Switched out to a shorter quill stem purchased from eBay.

    Estimated Cost

      $200-complete bike, used, LBS
      $35-Speedmax tires
      $17-Fizik handlebar wrap
      $19-brake levers
      $20-brake install and travel agent
      $15-shorter stem
      $25-used pedals
      $16-mini-v brake
      $9 Nashbar canti brake
      Free-seat post
      Free-handle bar
      Free-saddle
      Total-$330

    The Good and the Bad

    Good

      Cheap ride
      Steel frame sucks up bumps
      In-line levers are a great addition
      Mini v-brake in front allows me to actually stop
      Very comfortable ride quality
      Ritchey Speedmax are surprisingly good on road (quiet and low rolling resistance) but also decent traction on rocky woods trails

    Bad

      Heavy!
      Hard to find wheels for 8 speed Campy
      Not the most comfortable shifter hoods
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