The Crosshairs frameset is perhaps the most versatile design we offer. Though originally conceived for competitive cyclo-cross events, road riding, commuting, hard pack and non technical off road are also all within the scope of this bike. Waterford exclusive butted tube sets, featuring True Temper OX Platinum and Reynolds 853 air-hardening steel alloys, custom drawn to our rigorous specs. New asymmetrical D section chainstays provide rigidity along with generous chainring and tire clearance. Tubeset specificationss vary by frame size to offer riders of all sizes the strength and stiffness they need.
Strengths: Affordable, well-built, versatile. Eats up road vibration (although this may be due to the awesome steel fork that it came with) and is sprightly enough to keep up with guys' collegiate high-zoot road machines.
Descends like a demon.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy for competitive road use. Long chainstays makes for slightly slower climbing on the road, and not quite as quick as a crit bike.
I'm enamored with the Crosshairs ability to tackle nearly any task. I initially purchased the frame and fork to use for training but quickly fell in love with the comfort of the ride.
So far I've used it for long distance racing (S2S in Washington, 284 miles), cyclocross, road-racing, commuting, and normal training for all of the above.
I now own 3 sets of wheels for it and plan on building 2 more sets in the next month for specific applications. It's amazing that with just a switch of wheels and removal of fenders it can go from a 22 lb rain bike/commuter to a sub-19 lb racer. Imagine the joy of training all winter with fenders and heavy wheels/tires only to shed several pounds while retaining the exact positioning on the bike. Pure bliss.
Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of bikes that I would rather be racing on the road, and a few that I might like to try on 'cross courses, but I'm still stunned at how well it performs in both arenas.
I'm looking at commuters, up to 25 miles one way. I test rode a slightly-to-big Casseroll and realized I will need to get the frame and build up; the components do not do a thing for me. So, I've got my Chorus 11 to throw on and am thinking tires at 25, maybe 28 at most. The Crosshairs frame set is ... Read More »
Hey there Crosshairs' owners/former owners. I had a few questions maybe you all could answer since there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of info out there about Gunnars for whatever reason. I'm sort of trying to figure out what I want for my next bike and not sure if I want a better MTB, a better r ... Read More »
Trying to choose between a new Salsa La Cruz (which I'm absolutely in LOVE with) and a used Gunnar Crosshairs I found on Craigslist.
The La Cruz has the sweetest geometry I've ridden, is beautiful, and decently-equipped (Shimano 105, TruVativ crank, Avid disc brakes). The Gunnar is significantly ... Read More »
Already looking forward to my second full cyclocross season, and of course thinking of all the things I need to learn and improve after last year, my bike will be one of the easier things to change. I'm currently riding a 54cm 2007 Cannondale Optimo Si BB30, the one with the CAAD9 front end mated to ... Read More »