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Hi there, looking at buying a bike and settled on cyclocross, but would love some advice. Not bought a bike for 10 years.
Use: local roads, short country tours, hammering around towpaths, mucky parks & the odd nonsense.

Max budget £1k, would like discs & decent gear set but if anything decent for less, i'll listen.

Norco Threshold A1 2014 is the forerunner for a healthy set up and pricing.
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/norco/threshold-a1-2014-cyclocross-b...

I'm a 1.65m male (sadly no growth spurts due soon) & limited to Evans due to ride2work scheme.
Thanks for help!

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jollygoodvelo [1652 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd probably go for the Pinnacle Arkose Three over the Norco.
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pinnacle/arkose-three-2014-cyclocros...

Simply because if you haven't bought a bike for 10 years you'll be un-cycle-fit and the 34/32 bottom gear on the Pinnacle will get you up any hill. Bottom gear on the Norco is 36/28 which is... biggerer.

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tailwind10 [48 posts] 3 years ago
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Boardman CX Team - hands down

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VeloPeo [353 posts] 3 years ago
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Spend £400 more and get a Kinesis Crosslight Pro 6 built. Doens't fulfil any of your price and seller specification but I'm obliged to recommend it  1

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jollygoodvelo [1652 posts] 3 years ago
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From Evans, folks.  3

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Luminosity [76 posts] 3 years ago
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Cannondale CAADX, without a doubt. Better than the Specialized Tricross.

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Argos74 [436 posts] 3 years ago
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Arkose gets a warm thumbs up from me. Been using one for the last six months for commuting, sportives and off road riding, almost surgically attached to it these days. If or when I get properly fit, will be using it for it's intended purpose at some point. Versatile, takes a battering, and comfortably too.

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sodit [95 posts] 3 years ago
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I have got to mention Specialized Tricross Sport. But get the 2011 model they are still around for £700 ish. With a 30/32 low gear you will get up anything, sorry no disc brakes, Tiagra (9s speed) levers and front derailleur, triple crank set, deore lx rear derailleur they were £1000 new in 2011 and still new ones out there.
Oh did I mention I have owned one for a year and think its great so I am biased.  16

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LKB [1 post] 3 years ago
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Thanks all, some great insight there. Have only ridden the Norco , will visit Evans tomorrow for a few more to test out (Arkose, Cannondale or Tricross) and then select the winner. One last thing, is there any reason against the Norco? in terms of spec or other?

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glynr36 [637 posts] 3 years ago
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CaadX 6, yes it's tiagra but better frame than the other offerings at that price.
Frame counts for more than the bits bolted on to it.

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Joeinpoole [444 posts] 3 years ago
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sodit wrote:

I have got to mention Specialized Tricross Sport. But get the 2011 model they are still around for £700 ish. With a 30/32 low gear you will get up anything, sorry no disc brakes, Tiagra (9s speed) levers and front derailleur, triple crank set, deore lx rear derailleur they were £1000 new in 2011 and still new ones out there.
Oh did I mention I have owned one for a year and think its great so I am biased.  16

I too have a Specialized Tricross Sport (2010) and I love it. It's a truly fantastic machine, fits me like a glove, is almost unnaturally comfortable and I can go EVERYWHERE on it ... forever.

I'd buy another in a heartbeat although I would go for the disc brakes with the latest models.

Btw, you can pick up decent 2010 models on EBay for £400-450 nowadays.

There is actually a reason why Specialized have become the world's biggest bike manufacturer over the last 30 years. It's because of the bikes they make.

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brandobiker [22 posts] 3 years ago
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I recomend the Ridley Crossbow, I have one and find it is a great all round bike, thoughly recomended.  16

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Jez Ash [231 posts] 3 years ago
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Big dave reviewed the Arkose and liked it a lot.

http://road.cc/content/review/90686-pinnacle-arkose-three

I've got a Boardman CX Team which is an excellent bike - one of the raciest positions of the CX bikes I've tried which I like a lot, but some might prefer something a bit more upright. It's served brilliantly in commuting, touring, road and off-road applications, so I guess I'm endorsing your choice of a CX ... with just a change of tyres you've got so much flexibility in one bike.

Norco looks quite well specced for the money - can't find a figure on weight - there's quite a bit of variation in this price band, so if that's important to you, try and find out.

I've tried the Trek Crossrip and found it underwhelming. The Tricross has a lot of fans - not heard much wrong with it (although Sora for £900 isn't that exciting).

Bear in mind that not all CX bikes have rack/mudguard mounts. This was important for me, may not be for you.

If weight isn't important (say you live somewhere fairly flat) but weatherproof low-maintenance toughness is, the Genesis Day One Alfine 8 would be an interesting left-field choice.

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Team Rux [21 posts] 3 years ago
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Cannodnale CAADX 6 Tiagra - just bought the 2014 model and loving every minute - handles brilliantly off road and, with a set of slicks, more than a match for a road bike. Was tempted by the Boardman CXTeam though - great looking bike and good spec for the price too.

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zzk [40 posts] 3 years ago
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CAADX, great do it all machine. Bit late, but Evans often knock a decent chunk off last year's stock. Got mine for a song 2yrs back, best bike I've owned for sheer enjoyment and I've had a LOT of bikes....