Weaknesses: Build Quality & Material Could be better (see below)
Upgrades so far
Lighter Tubeless Wheelset, Carbon Seatpost, Saddle, Handle Bars (I like Wider), Bar Tape, Avid BB7
I bought the Delta on a whim due to the cost, and couldn't be happier. Below is just a few things on my mind.
I place my order on a Thursday afternoon, and opted for the FREE SHIPPING. I figured it was going to be a few weeks before I expect to see anything, but was surprised to receive a large box that Saturday.. Yeah 2 day from order to box at door, nice....
The brittle cardboard (Chinese made) box came with a few holes and dents, but luckily they were in areas that had know effect on the contents inside. The Frame, wheel, handle bars, etc were flawless (now scratches, dents, dings, etc).
The build went to great very smoothly. I didn't really have to do any prep work to assembly. The only issue I saw was that the Shifter Cables were dangled up and twisted. Not a big issue but I fixed it. Also the bar tape wasn't wrapped great and made of low quality material. No big deal too..
The Ride... I took the Delta out for it's maiden voyage on a 17 mile 2200 vertical ft loop which has a little bit of everything. Fast Rolling Fire Rd, Twisty Single Track, Short Steep Climbs and Descents, and the bike just rocked it!! Out of the box the bike shifted very well. The Sram Apex shifters are way stiffer then Red, or even 105, but do the the job. This bike climbs very well in and out of the saddle. Carbon fork does its job absorbs lots of the vibrations and seem to have little flex (time will tell). Overall as you can tell I'm very happy with the Delta CX, and got my fastest Strava time (8th overall) and the first shakedown ride :). I actually enjoy the ride quality, and performance better the my 1 yr old Cylcocross bike that I paied 2X more for..
Strengths: Price, stiffness. Excellent groupset for the premium.
Weaknesses: Wheelset is extremely heavy, and setup was thrown together.
Bike was shipped partially assembled. All cable housing was way too long, fork and headset was not pressed correctly. Shifting was poor. After changing out the wheelset to a lighter 29er AM classic wheelset, and getting the bike properly setup, it's like a totally different bike. Excellent stiffness for a $750 bike.
I'm getting a couple of older bikes back in shape. Both come with the old Look pedals, so I bought a new set of Look cleats, and ordered a set of Delta cleat covers from Kool Kovers. Unfortunately, when they arrived, I found they wouldn't fit, and a further check revealed that the covers were only f ... Read More »
An acquaintance tells me that using 1st generation Delta brakes with a 1990's vintage Chorus brake handle/shifter is not a good idea. Brake pull being different and I would get less than optimal brake pressure:idea:.
Now mixing the handles with different model derailleurs and manufacturers.... ... Read More »
Just wondering if these are worth the beauty to hassle ratio.
It seems as if they are as pretty as things get, but also impossible to install, and their workings seem super hit or miss. Some people claim they are the best ever, while others say they are all or nothing.
Are they worth the troub ... Read More »
Looking for a winter/gravel riding bike. I came across this Airborne bike for a decent price. I actually only want to spend around $500, but this seems worth it for the apex group?
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