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Great bike for city or offroad
I originally wanted a city racing style bike to replace my 80's Europa but the salesman suggested the CX due to the poor state of Sydney roads, as it had broader tyres. I was unconvinced as I wanted a lightweight but took it and a classic racer for a spin up and down the local hills. The racer had carbon fibre forks that were like bone rattlers. The CX, although heavier, seemed more at home on the bumpy streets. It also looks impressive and, compared to my ancient racer, goes like a rocket. I came back later and tested again and realised it was...the outright winner. It's a cyclocross for on road / off road use (tracks and trails) with the classic racer configuration of drop handlebars which I prefer. I'm not into offroad but occasionally you have to when they rip up your local cycle path for repairs! The shifters are amazing (almost worth the price alone) and the disc brakes are pretty good too. For the price it couldn't be beat. Don't make the mistake of buying their cheaper bikes. This is about as low as you'd want to go for a quality bike. I took a cheaper racer style for a spin and it was crap. Sometimes they do specials, like $50-100 off so if you aren't in a hurry, just sit back and wait. For accessories I got some shop supplied Zefal Snap-on hybrid mudguards fitted (they just clear the tyres) and a Racktime "Fold-It Fix" rear pannier rack <https://www.racktime.com/en/racktime-products/system-carriers/racktime-product/foldit-fix/> from Pushy's accessories in Canberra. The reason being, the lower mount point is quite high so a standard rack won't fit. It also has a front pannier mount point as well. Just one item of note - its top cross bar is triangular, not tubular, so some accessories such as D lock mounts won't mount to it. I've had the bike six months now and couldn't be happier. The only downside is the bike service at the Sydney store (Glebe, near Uni of Sydney) is by far the worst I've ever experienced. If its just a service and no issue, fine. If there's a problem you may simply get ignored and or a non-verbal snatch, adjust and return. Be wary of the service discount offer at time of purchase, believe me, you'll want to pay to go elsewhere. Also, when I suggested the staff get in the rack to suit the CX (I showed it to them fitted) they couldn't care less, even as they were trying to fit one of their own stock, unsuccessfully, to a new bike. You'd think they'd want to provide a comprehensive service. So its a good looking, well handling bike and highly recommended. Just service it elsewhere else after the 6 month free service has been done. And perhaps change the tubes, the fitted ones aren't very robust.
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