Independent Fabrication 1999 Planet X Older Cyclocross Bike

4.93/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $2999.00

Product Description

With lots of purpose-built features like a tall head tube for plenty of shouldering room, and bridgeless chainstays for gobs of tire clearance, the Planet Cross erases barriers with dignity and grace.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jb1883us a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2006

Strengths:    Ride quality is like no other bike...fork is amazingly comfortable on a rough cross course.

Weaknesses:    Weight and cost, but those two things are to be expected from steel and a handmade bike.

Bottom Line:   
Classic 853 steel with a nice, tall head tube for shouldering clearance. Mine was built up with Shimano 600 sti, XT front and rear derailleurs, XTR cantilever brakes, Top Line MTB crank (38-48 rings) and an XTR 12-28 cassette. Wheels were interchangable based on the race.

So about the ride, it was nothing but the best. As can be expected from a steel bike, it was a bit heavy but the advantages far outweighed the weight penalty. The IF steel fork is a thing of beauty...straight bladed forks weren't too popular back then on road and cross bikes, and it was great. The ride of this bike overall was excellent. Too bad they're expensive, but I found mine (a HUGE 58 seat tube = 60 cm? top tube) for cheap on e-bay a long time ago.

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Favorite Ride:   Chandler Hill, Boyne Falls, MI

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   E-bay

Similar Products Used:   Alcyon cyclocross bike, Trek MTB set up as a cross bike.

Bike Setup:   See above.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan from Eldora, CO

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2001

Strengths:    This bike does it all - cross racing, road riding (or racing), singletrack riding, dirt roads. Light weight, and an absolutely sweet ride

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the jack of all trades. I just got done racing it in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race, which is a 100 mile ultra endurance race on rocky mining roads and dirt roads with more than 20,000 vertical feet of climbing. It was so much fun on this bike - kind of like the old school photos you see of the Tour de France. The bike was actually faster for the first 40 miles of the ride than a mountain bike, although the lack of suspension, high gearing and drop bar set up eventually led to fatigue which made it slower over all. Still, this is a testiment to the all around capabilities of this bike. I've done a ton of trail riding on this thing, and it's a blast. It also works great for the local training rides, races and commuting. Looking forward to a fall of cross racing on this bike. I've owned a couple cross bikes before, but they just don't compare to the IF in terms of ride quality. If there was a war tomorrow and I could only take one bike with me, the Planet X would get the call.

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Price Paid:    $1600.00

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Cross Bike

Bike Setup:   Shimano Ultegra 6500 wheels, bar con shifters, ultegra and XT components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sonoffrankenstein a Recreational Rider from Honolulu, HI

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2000

Strengths:    handcrafted, gusseted down-tube, steel is cushy, cables on top tube do not get muddy, good cantilever brakes (Deore LX), nice Salsa bars, Mavic Open Pro wheelset is light and sturdy, Selle Italia Max Trans Am seat is comfy in the right places.
The sealed tubes make this steel stallion rust-resistant, perfect for cyclocross. This is the best-designed and most well-made frame on the market!!!

Weaknesses:    front fork chatters on hard braking, but gives nicely on rougher terrain. Frame is sized a little large, so buy one size smaller than your typical road frame.

Bottom Line:   
rides like a dream, but launches off when stomping on the pedals, perfect for the recreational rider who doesn't need the ultra-lite, ultra harsh racing frame. great for switching wheels when riding on road or trail. faster than _any_ mtbike on singletrack. This is the perfect all-around bike; which I made even perfect-er by ordering rear rack mount braze-ons for the occasional commute/daytrip/touring situation. I give up less than 5% of speed to my roadie friends. This bike is worth hunting down a good local bike shop to find a dealer, or you can order direct at

I got a sweet custom-ordered House of Kolor candy tangerine paint job that is to _DIE_ for. It cost a few hundred, but makes the bike one-of-a-kind. This is one of the best features of buying IF. They also have 12 stock solids and fades for the poorman. If you don't want it stolen, you can always get boring paint.

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Price Paid:    $3100.00

Purchased At:   Island Triathlon and Bike

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Ultegra, with Deore LX brakes, Shimano XT cassette and rear derailleur, Salsa bars, ITM stem, IF threadless fork, Mavic Open Pro wheels, cheap Shimano pedals, Salsa seatpost, Selle Italia Max Trans Am seat

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lil a Road Racer from Paris, France

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2000

Strengths:    Great handling, light, easy to carry/pick up/put down. Comfortable, looks great.

Weaknesses:    VERY Hard to find UCI legal 26 inch cyclocross tires.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this for cyclocross races, but have ended up riding it for everything from October through February --even my road team's 4 hour pre-season training rides. A super cyclocross bike, but also a super all-around bike. A real gem, I love everything about it. The "funnest" bike to ride of all of mine.

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Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Winnasoken Bikes, PA

Similar Products Used:   I ride a Litespeed Ultimate for road races, Cannondale Super V-1000 for ATB races, Cervelo P2K for time trials.

Bike Setup:   Campy daytona, 26 inch mavic mtn bike wheels built with campy hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Hodges a Road Racer from Covington, LA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2000

Strengths:    Weld and paint finish, super plush ride, hands off stability, great price for the package.

Weaknesses:    None to note but I don't like the maroon/burnt orange paint job I got with the bike. It looks different on the IF website (more "reddish"). I'll probably change colors in a year or so.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as a closeout bike from a Boston dealer that was advertised on IF's website. Note that I ride a 57 cm Merlin Extralight but this is a 54 cm frame. This is due to the high bottom bracket so be aware.

This is my first steel bike. I am somewhat reluctant to admit that this bike rides smoother than my Merlin but the Xtralight is advertised as Merlin's stiffer frame. I have done a 56 mile training ride with this bike on smooth to rough pavement. I am very happy with the feel, very dialed in handling, and very hands off stability. It will serve me well as a good light touring bike, around town bike, and cross bike. I'm looking forward to doing some combination pavement/fireroad/singletrack rides in the mountains. Centuries and double centuries will also be alot of fun to do on this machine.

Very highly recommended.

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Favorite Ride:   PAC Tour, any long ride on/off road

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   International Bike Center

Similar Products Used:   I own a Merlin Extralight road bike, a Klein Adroit mountain bike, and a Santana Sovereign road tandem.

Bike Setup:   Ultegra cranks, rear der, XTR front der, Dura Ace 9 speed bar end shifters, Avid Shorty brakes, Spinergy Spox wheels, Dia Compe road brake levers.

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