For the last few years I had been thinking about purchasing a cyclocross bike for on and off road duty. My $100 15ish year old Specialized road bike is in need of some parts, so last month I decided to pull the trigger on shopping for a cx instead of throwing more money in the road bike. After a bit of searching I ended up with a Civilian Vive Le Roi in sweet pea.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?????
Some assembly required:
Only a few gripes about the build. The sliders needed to be adjusted to center the wheel and the brakes were horribly out of adjustment. Also not a fan of the shifter cable housing length at the back (too long) and how short they brake housings are at the front (will cause some rub issues on the head tube).
As expected the bike is a bit heavy. This is mostly due to the steel frame but the anchor-like wheelset is a contributing factor. The rear wheel in particular feels like it is made of cast iron (probably due to the cheap/heavy cassette). At some point I want to build up a lighter wheelset more geared towards singletrack use and keep the existing set with some more road worthy tires.
Other than that it is great. Right now it is on 700x32 Kenda Kwicker tires. Going to give these a shot but I think I may upgrade to a larger volume tire. I also tore the cheap foam bar wrap when the bike fell over as I was removing a wheel reflector ...so I will probably rewrap the bars soon.
First dirt ride will be Sunday with a mix of shell/gravel and some rooty singletrack. Can't wait.