Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Reader Question: 1x9 dual bash guard setup

Does anyone have an answer to this +1lap reader's question?

Hello. First off let me say I really like your website. Now I have a question. I have a stock Truvativ Touro 50/36 compact crankset with a 68x108mm BB and a 45.5mm chain line (?). And a 12-26T 9-speed cassette. I'm leaning towards a 40T chainring.

I'm trying to get the straightest chain line for this setup. Should I get a 68x107mm and run the chain ring on the outside (I'm adding 2 bash guards) or get the 68x113mm and run the chain ring on the inside?

Also, assuming I'll need chain ring bolts for a triple crankset, what size spacers? I'll be getting 2 42T BBG Super lights. Do people normally get bash guards 2T bigger? Obviously this is all new to me. I bought a 54cm Moto' Fantom CX for my introduction to cyclo-cross. Thanks for your time and expertise.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lightweight Cross Bike: Brandon's Salsa

This is my 44cm 2008 Salsa Chili Con Crosso custom cross build. I attempted to build the lightest possible bike that my budget would allow. Many parts I had previously on my Ridley and just swapped them over to this cross project. Once the bike was complete the project weighed in at 16.36 pounds. I could take some weight off, putting this bike into the 15-pound weight class by switching out the Shimano Ultegra Cranks and changing the ZIPP clinchers to a tubular set.

Cross Bike Setup:

Salsa Chili Con Crosso Frame Set


Cane Creek 110 Headset


Campagnolo Record Derailleur


Campagnolo Record Right Brake/Shift Lever


Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Cassette


Salsa Titanium Skewers


Salsa Seat Clamp


Ritchey WCS Handlebar


Ritchey WCS 4-Axis Stem


Shimano Left Brake R400 Lever


Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Chain


TRP Eurox Carbon Cantilever Brakes


ZIPP 404 Clinchers


Fizi:k Arione Saddle


USE Alien Carbon Seat Post


Kenda Small Block 8 Tires


Handle Bar Tap


Shimano Ultegra Cranks


Shimano BB


Crank Brothers Candy SL


FSA Cyclocross Carbon Fiber Chainguard


3rd Eye Chain Watcher Chain Deflector


Cables and Housing


Total: $6,661.00

Special thanks to the guys at NRC in Kyle, Texas for helping me get the project race ready!