Performance Bike Road Tests & Releases Scattante CFX Black Disc Brake Cyclocross Bike

2013 Performance Bike Scattante CFX Black disc brake cyclocross bike

After putting in quite a few hard miles on test mules, Performance Bike has released their Scattante CFX Black disc brake cyclocross bike.

Ben Turits, PB’s Product Manager that led this model through production, gave it a pretty aggressive geometry with 74° seat angle to put you over the pedals and a stable 72º head angle with oversized tapered headtube. The frame has ample tire clearance, letting you run larger tires on non-UCI events and keep mud from bunching up.

Spec is pretty impressive for the price. It’s rolling on Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Alpha 340 wheels with Hutchinson Bulldog tires, Avid mechanical brakes and a full SRAM Force group. Little touches like an included K-Edge chain catcher and FSA cockpit with Prologo saddle make it a solid deal. Video and more pics after the break…

2013 Performance Bike Scattante CFX Black disc brake cyclocross bike

Part of the development was real world testing, and one of their sales guys used it for Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo with road tires, as well as some off road riding and racing throughout the past year.

2013 Performance Bike Scattante CFX Black disc brake cyclocross bike

Post mount brakes keep things simple, and full external housing makes it easy to swap to hydraulic brakes as they come available.

2013 Performance Bike Scattante CFX Black disc brake cyclocross bike

Everyone may be doing a matte black carbon frame these days, and that’s because it looks good. It’s also going to keep looking good compared to a painted frame after continually being subjected to mud and crud. Better shown in the video, the bottom bracket and tall chainstays make for a pretty large, presumably stiff lower section.

2013 Performance Bike Scattante CFX Black disc brake cyclocross bike

It retails for $2,499 at PerformanceBike.com. We know you’re asking, so here’s the deal: The frame started life with a catalog tubeset, then they changed the bottom bracket from PFBB30 back to standard/GXP threaded external cups. Other modifications were a tall, rectangular box section chainstay to improve stiffness both through size and giving it a larger contact patch when mounting to the bottom bracket. They went to a different factory for the fork to get a stiffer model.

 

Comments

Speedy - 10/31/12 - 2:27pm

This looks like a good “complete” alternative to building up an On One Dirty Disco

Nelson Muntz - 10/31/12 - 3:07pm

Funky geometry numbers. Any one know the REAL weight?

maddogeco - 10/31/12 - 5:26pm

How long until we get hydraulic discs on these bikes?

Collin - 10/31/12 - 6:12pm

@maddogeco, if your willing to go flat bar, just run hydro mtb brakes. That’s what I have on my nearly identical chinese frame… http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v424/asmallsol/250020_3778913390714_1563675409_n.jpg

Weileramer - 10/31/12 - 6:23pm

Why does Ben keep saying “cycle-cross” ?

perry - 10/31/12 - 6:36pm

Nice specs. Assuming a 1200 gram frame and 600 gram frame it should be about 18-19 lb I would think.

Factor in sales and incentives and this should be a good seller at 1500-2000. I doubt they’ll sell many at regular price.

I still think steel, alum or ti is better for cross. I would have killed a carbon bike at my one and only CX race.

Mindless - 10/31/12 - 7:56pm

For under $2K I would rather have bikedirect’s Fantom Cross Team Titanium – and put some BB7 on it (it has disk tabs).

Mr. P - 11/01/12 - 12:44am

Yay! A racer bike from a company that does not support racing!

Begin death spiral…

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G - 11/01/12 - 8:45am

@mr. p- how much support does racing need, exactly? It’s a recreational activity for the affluent.

Charlie Best - 11/01/12 - 10:30am

“It’s a recreational activity for the affluent.”

I’d debate that, I earn less than $14 an hour and I’ll have less than $100 in the bank after my mortgage goes out today, but I’ll still be at our local CX race on Sunday, because I love to race. I do 3 or 4 mountain bike races during the spring/summer. I’d love to do more but each one makes for a tight month, what with entry fees, nutrition, travel etc.

Affluent I’m not.

chris f - 11/01/12 - 11:12pm

charlie best, I think you just proved G’s point.

dogboy - 11/02/12 - 10:10am

@chris f – How’s that? Because Charlie has a mortgage and isn’t living on the streets? I’m with Charlie on the gross generalization that cross racing (or bicycle racing in general) is a recreational activity for the affluent. There are all kinds of people that race bikes. It’s obviously not an activity for the truly impoverished and of course wealth is relative, but there are plenty of folks that are not affluent by the standards of their respective locales that make racing a priority. I certainly fall into that category as well as most of my friends.

pgragg - 12/05/13 - 5:57am

Does anyone know the difference between this model and the CX350?

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