Monday, April 4, 2011

Masi CXR Cyclocross bike Review

I've been riding this for several months now and have put in the first 1000 miles of punishment on the frame.  The bike overall seems to be PERFECT.  Some of this is my fault due to the fact it was a frameset and I hand picked all the parts.  However as frames go this one is very stiff and responds well to being stood over the included carbon fork (except steer tube) unlike some I've had actually eats a little road noise.  I have used this bike everywhere, 2 gravel centuries, a couple paved metrics, a dozen cross races, and single track.  Here is the list of what I ended up with for extras:

Shifters - Sram red
Derailliers - Sram Force (both)
Cassette - Sram 1050 (11-28)
Crankset - Bontrager Xlite Carbon road ( 53/39)
Handlebars - Origin 8 Gary bar
Wheels - Mavic kysrium elite
Seat - Brook Swift
Brakes - Avid shorty 6
Tires - Specialized houffaize cx (awesome tires! works with or without tubes)

I have to say this being my second Masi bike I really like there frames.  The only thing I would even think about changing on the frame is to add a disc brake mount for more options in the future, but dont settle for a crummy frame just for disc brakes rim brakes work just fine.

1 comment:

Gotta Ride Today said...

I am getting ready to build a CXR. Did you use a 31.8 front derailleur clamp? That seems to be what I am measuring out. Thanks!