Cyclo Cross in Japan

Guillaume

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Hi,
I'd like to buy cyclo cross bike considering Niner or Specialized. Would you know a shop that will carry those brands in Tokyo especially Niner. Specialized seems to sale only a few CRUX in Japan vs other countries?
Would you know a good website for second hand bike?
Now for racing and training is there any good website for race and find details about a team to join?
Thank you for your help
Guillaume
 

xDOMx

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There is a distributor in Tokyo and they list dealers of Niner bikes in Tokyo. I saw an amazing Niner MTB in Hokkaido so knew there must be some Japanese distribution.

The information on the Japanese distributor site is, however, all in Japanese.

This is a link to the Japanese distributor (whose site is terrible):

http://www.mizutanibike.co.jp/

Below is a translated from their site of dealers in Tokyo:

Company Name 郵便番号 Postal code 住所 Street address 連絡先 contact information

avelo Bicycle shop 103-0004 東京都中央区東日本橋3-9-11 FETビル1F Chuo-ku, Tokyo East Bridge 3-9-11 FET building 1F 070-5075-8192

Link to their Niners in the sale (one of which seems to be your size):

http://www.avelotokyo.com/search/label/シクロクロスバイク(CX Bike)

Bicicletta di Mattino 130-0004 東京都墨田区本所3-9-4 Sumida-ku, Tokyo Honjo 3-9-4 03-6658-4977
Basically no information on what is, again, a terrible website:

http://www.biciclettadimattino.com/

The above being said, I know a lot of people that really rate the Cannondale CAAD X and the Giant TCX SLR for a cheaper but still very good option.
 
Dec 31, 2009
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For CX it isn't necessary to be on a club team to compete,unlike JBCF.
http://www.cyclocross.jp/
Here is what I use for finding races, other series are available throughout Japan.

Where do you live?

If you want the experience of training with others in a club your location will help me direct you better to the right club.

I personally race for a club that I have never trained with, only because it allows me to race JBCF and the kit appeals to me.

Also using the search function within this website will bring up information on past races and other useful info.

Cheers,

The Chuckster
 

Guillaume

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Thank you very much
I live near Tamagawa station
BTW I'm building my bike now based on Niner BSB RDO 2015 frame
what would you recommend for wheelset and groupset?
I was thinking about Tubeless and UDI2 if I can manage to stay in my budget 600,000 yen
 
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I really don't like tubeless. I had a set of Fulcrum Zeros with Hutchinson Tires and they burped air and traction was crap.

If your racing, Tubular is the gold standard. 100%

If your training, clincher.

Do yourself a favor and buy a set of hand build 32 spoke clincher wheels built to a strong heavy rim with a shimano or campy hub then buy a set of tubular wheels you only use for racing and pre race prep.

Then you also have a set of wheels in the pit for when you puncture.

Just by a standard spoke training wheel, nothing fancy. So you can get a spoke at any shop.
 

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All,

Off the back of this thread, I'm keen to learn more.

I'm moving to Tokyo in a few weeks (late October). VERY KEEN race Cross and will bring a road bike with me as well. I'm looking for the races that are fairly close to Tokyo and a group to train with. I'll likely be living close to Roppongi.

Any connections, groups, clubs (happy to join one and would appreciate guidance), individuals who are keen to travel to race and ride together I'd love to connect.

Thanks!