Giant CRX-1 questions

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  1. solcycle

    solcycle New Member

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    Hi all,
    New here, I have some questions maybe someone can help with. I have just purchased a Giant CXR-1 (2006 Model) and I am thinking of put on my Ritchey drop bars with Dura-Ace bar end shifters (friction shifting - no problems with indexing - just old fashioned I guess). I am probably going to change the v-brakes to Tektro Oryx cantilevers as I have heard these are aero lever compatible. With the extra tyre clearance I may be able to get some guards on it! Sort of a cyclocross/fast commuter/country road convert! I bought it new as a sellout at a ridiculously cheap price that I couldn't pass up but I already have a steel Giant flatbar roadie so this will replace my other drop bar bike.

    1. Has anyone done this kind of conversion?
    2. What are the Tektro Oryx cantis like with road levers?
    3. Am I looking at this far to simplistically?

    Cheers, John
    Australia
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  2. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Everything should be fine as you have it planned:

    The shifters are probably the main concern, and you have addressed it with bar ends.

    You don't need to change your brake calipers unless you want to. ROAD levers work fine if you use a TRAVEL AGENT for the front V-brake ... cantilever brakes were originally designed to be used with ROAD levers.

    I have found that a rear V-brake is fine (that is, "good enough" ... no modulation, but you're not getting much on the rear, anyway) without a travel agent when using a ROAD brake lever (actually, an Ultegra 6500 STI brake-shift lever).
     
  3. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    The CRX 1 uses Mini-V-Brakes, these are fine with all Shimano Road Brake Levers, STI or Flat Bar. ;) On the CRX2/4 Giant have already fitted a Power Modulator to the end of the front cable, it should be the same for the CRX1.
     
  4. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    THAT's good to know!
     
  5. solcycle

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    Thanks for the info - if I don't have to change the mini v-brakes that will make me even happier as I think v-brakes are a little easier to set up properly then cantis.

    Thanks again
    John

    :)
     
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