Salsa Cycles La Cruz Cyclocross Bike

DESCRIPTION

The La Cruz rejoins the Salsa posse after a 5-year absence. Available as a frameset or as a complete bike, the True Temper OX Platinum cyclocrosser goes disc only for clean lines and performance in the wet and mud. Whether used for grassroots level cross racing, daily commuting, or as an any-condition road bike the La Cruz offers all the versatility a good cross bike can offer.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 16, 2009]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Lots of fun to ride on trails. It's nice to have a road bike with disc brakes.

Weakness:

Finish isn't durable. It's been easily abraded by my bike lock and the brake cable housings.
I'm more used to shorter mountain bicycles. It's been a process getting used to riding a taller bike. If you're used to riding riding suspension bikes it will also take some adjustment riding on trails.

I had a bicycle built up based on parts from an older LeMond road bike after I wore out the rare parts on it.
I've been using it as a true cross bicycle - riding a little under 10 miles to and from my trail.

[Feb 24, 2009]
boldaddy
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Strong and stout
Great Orange color
Brakes are awesome
Good 105 groupo
Strong Wheels (Salsa 29er delgado with XT hubs)
Very stable ride

Weakness:

Stock gearing too tall for hilly terrain
bike is somewhat heavy
Disc brakes limits selection of rear racks (can't install a burley moose rack for their piccolo)
Paint is weak. I've worn the gloss of the top tube from shouldering the bike over obstacles and it seems to chip easily.
Also, I had to replace the handlebars, stem and saddle to make it fit me.

Note - bike is actually a 2009

I recommend this bike. It's really a SUV of a bike (SUB?). I use it for commuting and cyclocross racing. It's not a full-on cross racers - it's a bit more relaxed and the disc brakes are not legal in all series. All in all a great compromise for an amateur racer that wants a great commute bike.

Similar Products Used:

GT gtr with Sram Rival
Fuji cross comp

[Mar 08, 2008]
Dajianshan
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, strong, adaptable. Great geometry.The paint job makes you easy to spot by drivers.

Weakness:

no longer available. The La Cruz may be the next best thing.

This is also for the Las Cruces... which seems to have been split up into the Chili Con Crosso and La Cruz. Best of both worlds, race and commuter. It allows several different set ups with disc or canti mounts, light weight. My whole bike is 17lbs and it soaks up a lot of the bumps while remaining stiff. It is easy to shoulder for cross and urban situations.

Similar Products Used:

Fuji Cross Pro, Kona JTS, Soma Double Cross

[Feb 01, 2008]
Kris Flatlander
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light weight
Stiff, race geometry
Easy to shoulder
Makes a pretty good commuter too

Weakness:

You NEED a chainguard, my chain took some good hacks out of my chainstay until I got one.

This is a review for the 2007 Las Cruces, the precursor to the La Cruz. The main difference is that the Las Cruces has canti and disc mounts and a Scandium frame. A very race driven bike. The geometry is set up FAST. You think about turning and the bike shoots that way. Definitely great in those tight courses. Cables are routed just right and the bike shoulders well, I have a bigger frame (60 cm) so I can even shoulder well with a water bottle off of the down tube. The bike is also very light for it's size yet still feels really nice and stiff. I built it up with Ultegra 9 and Salsa components and it's a pleasure to ride. Got an amazing deal on it off of eBay.

Similar Products Used:

None

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