I've just found this particular thread
I used to ride cross a few years ago (early-mid 90's) & initially used my RC100 (on 1.5" Hardpack tyres), then bought a Paul Milnes 653.
When I quit due to work & getting the time off to race, the 653 was eventually sold to someone who subsequently shortened the wheelbase by over 12" on the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross
After a return to cycling in 2007, I used a Trek MTB (2007 model 6000Disc) for a while for cross.
Then, whilst we were at 'Xscape' (Castleford) one day, the wife asked me if I still wanted a proper cross bike again.
What could I say??, if I said I really wanted a Columbus/Yeti ARC-X/Ridley cross-bike, she might have changed her mind by the time I got her to the relevant dealers?
So, I ended up in Evans buying a Pinnacle Expede 1.0 (a 2007 model in the sale, with £300 off the marked price!!)
It's a decent bike, very comfy, but I still need to address the problem of brakes!
With the standard fitment Shimanos, an inflated tyre cannot be re-inserted in the drop-outs - the brake pads catch on forks/seat-stays & can't open wide enough!!! (not a problem at the minute, as I have no spare wheels yet)
In fact I'll be riding it tonight for a round of the 'YCCA Summer Cross Series' at Elland (barring any unfortunate circumstances that stop me from getting there)
Plus, at Ampleforth College (near Helmsley, North Yorkshire) on Sunday
Click on 'me' below for series details
Richard A Thackeray
Featherstone Road Club
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