Cyclocross build on a budget – the Rat Cross

Unless you got it like that and/or can swipe for what you want, chances are you’ve thought about how to get your hands on a cross bike, assuming you are a bike geek.

I mean, nobody needs a cross bike. How many rides could you actually get on one? Actually, plenty. Down south its on clay and other locations they call it gravel; Tomato – Tomatoe.

No matter what you call it , where you ride it and how many times you ride it, I’ve had a monkey on my back for a while. I found this old Specialized CrossRoads in the trash prolly five years ago. This “hybrid” frame is actually a sturdy steel frame made with True Temper tubing. So… after years of remaining dormant, here’s what I built up:

The Rat Cross
  • Frame: Specialized Cross Roads, painted with truck-bed black paint
  • Fork: Surly
  • Headset: Origin8 Sealed Bearing
  • Stem: Felt CNC machined
  • Handlebar: Control Tech aluminum flat bar
  • Grinds: Lizard Skinz lock-ons with natural cork plugs
  • Seatpost: Laprade
  • Seat: WTB Laser V with titanium rails
  • Wheels: Alex on Deore hubs
  • Skewers: Salsa flip offs (front ti)
  • Tires: Ritchey with tubes
  • Crankset: FSA
  • Cassette: XTR 8 speed
  • Chain: SRAM 870
  • Brakes: XT cantilevers
  • Brake levers: Avid V brake
  • Rear Derailleur: XTR
  • Front Derailleur: Suntour Edge
  • Shifters: Shimano 8 speed bracons on Paul’s Thumbies
  • Bottle Cages: King Cage titanium cages
  • Bag: Timbuk2

Basically, this was built from crap laying around the house and a little bit of swapping. I spent less than $50 cash on building this up, so it’s a win for me. In fact, my second ride on it was the Dirty Spaghetti. Tell us what you think of the build.

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