Bike racing isn’t cheap. In fact it may be one of the most expensive sports that a person can take part in. Pound for pound… add up the broken parts, upgrades, spandex, race entry fees, travel to races…. it makes frisbee golf sound much more appealing (not really.) For those of us that aren’t flush with dollars or don’t get hookups, but still can’t shake the bug- we watch from the sidelines, or race alleycats. Fret not. There is a lesser known side of bike racing- the single speed category. The singlespeed category lends more of a blue collar feel to the whole approach, often the requirements for a bike are slightly less stringent- encouraging participation more than a strict adhesion to the rulebook.. Single Speeding is bike racing for people that don’t make six figure incomes- (by six figures I don’t mean the numbers to the right of the decimal, silly.)
As you likely know, Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships will be taking Seattle by storm this October, and it’s time that you get that bike built up. Single speed cyclocross may be one of the most affordable forms of bike racing one can get involved in. Single speeds; whether they be track bikes, mountain bikes, or cyclocross bikes- are much more affordable, simpler and therefore easier to maintain than their geared counterparts.
Below are just a few offerings that are out there- some are current models, while others like the Bianchi Roger and the Tricross don’t seem to be in production anymore. Of course you can find bargains on Craigslist and Ebay, as well as at swaps and garage sales. Buying used will reduce your carbon footprint too- so go buy that Big Mac at McDonalds without any guilt.
All- City Nature Boy Complete MSRP $899
This bike looks great and seems thoughtfully built. All-City has been doing wonderful stuff whether it be on the fixed gear, polo, and now CX front. At $899 complete it looks to be a pretty good deal.
Felt Bicycles Breed Complete MSRP $999
Aluminum frame and a carbon fork- the Breed has not seen any changes from 2010 to 2011. Very classy looking- Black and Belgian Blue…
Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO complete MSRP $895 ($399 delivered)
Raleigh One Way complete MSRP $770
Something like the “little old lady from Pasadena,” don’t underestimate this bike. The One Way has the same geometry as the Raleigh RX (their cross bike.) With a Reynolds steel frame and a 4130 cross fork it comes with some great accessories to make it good looking commuter as well. (You get serious style points if you race it as pictured)
Swobo Crosby Single Speed complete MSRP $999
An alloy frame and carbon fork, more of an “all-purpose” bike than either a road or cross frame. Another multipurpose bike for those that don’t have space, or cash for a whole stable of bikes.
Raleigh SSCXWC frameset MSRP $700
This aluminum frame and carbon fork was the limited edition SSCXWC paint scheme for their 2009 offering. I can say matter of factly that this year there will be something new coming out for SSCXWC and it will be available to purchase soon- and it’s going to be very different from what you’ve seen before.
Traitor Cycles Crusade SS frameset MSRP $699
This bike looks really clean as well and I love the blue. Columbus tubing and a Columbus fork which is great- it shows good attention to detail when it comes to cable routing as well.
Bianchi Roger Complete MSRP $1099
This seems to be a 2007 model, which Bianchi discontinued? Oddly enough, disc brakes were made legal by the UCI this year- maybe they’ll bring it back?
2010 Kona Majorone Complete MSRP $1099- Kona Race Light Scandium frame and a carbon fork.
Specialized Tricross Single Complete MSRP $910
Looks to be from 2008…
Anybody have any other recommendations for SS Cross bikes under $1100? What are you going to be riding this year?