This frameset was purchased to upgrade from an existing aluminum framed adventure bike after realizing how fun this type of bike was to ride. Wow, was I impressed with quality from the minute I opened the box! I took my time shopping for parts to build it up just the way I wanted, HED wheels, Ultrega components and TRP brakes. Got talked into a Campagnolo CX Carbon Crankset, just to up the cool factor. I can't say enough great things about the final product. Thanks Fyxation for a great starting point with the Crusher frameset. Swapping components from my current bike got a bit tricky with all the new standards and rather than use adapters, I choose to go 100% new. Internal cable routing makes the final product look clean and helps with cleaning up after a ride. I love the options the frameset provides with mounting points for fenders, bikepacking bags or whatever I decide to throw at this bike! For final photos and ideas on potential ways to build up this frame, check out my Instagram page @outdoorsman_dad. Need to stop out and look at fender and bag options very soon!
Well Engineered Design With An Entry Level Price
I picked up this frame set for my wife. She was riding an old mtn bike on the local gravel trail, and her road bike was collecting dust. This replaced both bikes. The frame is very well designed, and builder friendly. The thing I was looking for was a threaded bottom bracket. I am fed up with press fit brackets. The internal cable routing is really well thought out. Especially in the fork. I really like the routing through the fork. I have 2 other disc road / gravel bikes, and it is a challenge getting the front cable not to rub anything. The internal cable routing in the down tube was a snap. The cable stops unbolt, so you can remove them, and easily access the cables. Even the spacing on the chainstays is well designed. They are vertical, so the Q factor is very narrow. Even with the 142 rear spacing, I was able to use the crankset from my wife's old 2009 road bike with the cartridge BB! The only thing that gave me any grief was the flat mount brakes. I opted for 160 discs, and needed to add spacers. The rear is designed for a 140 disc, and the front requires an adaptor whether you use a 140 or a 160. The mounting on the fork appears to be spaced for a post mount caliper, but it's not, so don't be confused like I was, and buy a post mount caliper for the front. I recommend going with 140mm discs, so you only need one adapter for the front, and longer bolts for the rear.