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  1. #1
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    Traitor Cycles: The Reuben. Great Priced CX

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    Just found this bike, the Reuben from Traitor Cycles.

    The build kit is $1049 (SRAM Apex), and the Framset is 599.00. So add the prices, at first, I thought the complete build was 1049. No--but still a great price considering the frame material, see below.

    From the website:

    At the core of the Ruben is a disc specific cyclocross frame designed to excel as a commuter as well as in the mud. The Columbus steel frame creates unsurpassed ride quality while keeping the Ruben very responsive when you need to put the hammer down. Special touches like cable housing through the chainstay to create the perfect line for the cable are what set the Ruben apart from the crowd. We equipped the Ruben with disc brakes, rack brazeons and full fender compatibility to make this the perfect any condition machine. If you are looking for a versatile performance minded bike that can rally cross courses and pavement, the Ruben is the perfect choice. The simplistic 10 speed Apex kit with FSA components creates a unique setup that gives you everything you need and leaves nothing to be upgraded.

    It's different in that the sizing doesn't run extra large compared to some other brands. I suppose due to a TT that doesn't slope much? Weird, because I assume the BB is higher, which decreases seattube size.

    It's...Columbus Steel! For that price? Wow. Just, wow. And the cable routing? Nice.

    Very cool. I've found my X.

    Wanted to share, plus, this makes it easy to remember.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 01-16-2013 at 07:10 AM.
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    AND disc brakes?!?!! <swoon> It is good I can't ride with road bars or I would have to have a serious talk with myself right now about bike lust. THIS is an awesome bike!!!! Sweet! That little voice is telling me I could get the frame and build it later...which really isn't an option right now but thank you so much for posting this! Are you getting it?

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    Well, not right this second, no! Unless I attack a savings account, which I won't do.

    I liked the Luggernot SS too. And the road bike. Yeah, swoon indeed.

    But can you believe Columbus instead of Cro-Mo for those prices? Insane!

    I think the 53 would fit. In a way, I don't need discs, but hell, I'd like one bike with them, and why not a X?
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    I think this has your name all over it That is a great frame price for Columbus steel! I will have to keep my eye on them for some future date.

    I hear you on the discs - I fell in love with them on my mountain bike and part of me now wishes they were on my Gunnar! I decided against them for that bike as I was concerned about weight...but it would be good to eventually have an all-weather bike that does have discs. My beloved Gunnar isn't a rain or snow bike

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    Niiice. For Columbus steel?! If you can manage it, go for it! I'll have to keep them in mind for later. The Avid brakes are actually pretty nice for the price point, too.

    My only concern would be the gearing, really.
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    I would get just the frame-set. My fitter can get parts at a good price. Much cheaper than swapping out a lot of little things.

    Actually considering a different frame-set first, you've all seen it here. (Hint, sexy pink Italian). Maybe as a SS? Extra smooth and cheaper to build. It's flat where I live.

    Did you get your cross yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post

    Did you get your cross yet?
    Friday. Don't tell anyone.

    Of course, then I have to go in and build it, which is going to be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    Friday. Don't tell anyone.

    Of course, then I have to go in and build it, which is going to be interesting.
    Oh! That is interesting! You going SRAM or shimano? The frame set arrives Friday,then?

    Are you doing racks and fenders?
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    It's a complete bike. I just have to put it together myself out of the box, albeit with the help of a mechanic. I'll certainly need help with the wheel trueing!

    It's SRAM Apex. At some point I'd like to put fenders on it, maybe a rack. Even though it makes more sense to do it now (because it's winter), for money reasons I'll probably wait until summer and I'm working more hours.

    Right now the big issue is black or red bottle cages...
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    Red. Definitly. I have red on my black with red accents bike, and I love the way it looks!
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    The one I'm getting is white with black and red (they were out of the 2012 version, which is the black). So it could go either way, I think.
    http://chargebikes.com/products/filter-apex/

    Black would be classic, but the red would punch up the red hoods...
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    I still say red. (And I loved the white scheme, btw!).

    Which size did you end up getting?
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