The Planet X XLS is a full carbon monocoque cyclocross race frame, designed to be sharp, responsive and versatile even in the most trying of conditions. This time we've built it up with full Shimano 10spd groupset, bringing high-end performance to you at a price that cannot be matched.
We've utilised our wealth of experience in carbon frame construction to give you the XLS. The XLS's flat top tube provides both in-ride comfort but also comes in handy when chucking the bike over your shoulder when clambering up and over those testing obstacles. The tapered headtube increases strength and stiffness up front, thus improving handling too. A PF30 bottom bracket also lends itself to greater rigidity and power transfer on the XLS, a very important factor in CX when you're battling ever-changing terrain.
Equipped with Shimano 105, the XLS benefits from technology developed for the Dura-Ace 7900 series and integrated into Ultegra 6700 series. 105 provides you with performance, reliability and durability in the ever-efficient Shimano package.
In cyclocross braking is obviously an important aspect. Stopping performance needs to be instantaneous, preventing skidding and chattering in wet conditions. That's why the use of disc brakes has become increasingly prevalent in cyclocross, and although many of the pro's are reluctant to join the cross disc revolution, everyone else, released from the constraints of sponsorship, can enjoy the superior stopping power. The XLS uses Avid BB7 mechanical discs, famed for their braking prowess, they won't let you down in any conditions. So, whilst all those canti' lovers are trying in vain to control themselves round those slippery corners, you can almost take braking for granted. There's a reason why those on the dark side (mountain bikers) use discs; they're just simply better.
There you have it, quality, race-ready carbon frameset, reliable Shimano shifting and disc stopping prowess. The XLS is ready to be put through it's paces, and as you well know that in Cyclocross you sometimes spend just as much time carrying your bike as riding it, the XLS is pretty light too.
|Frame:||Planet X Pro Carbon XLS Cyclo Cross Frame|
|Fork:||Planet X Pro Carbon XLS Cyclo Cross Fork|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano 105 FD-5700 Double 10 Speed Front Mech|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano 105 RD-5701 Rear Mech|
|Shifters:||Shimano 105 ST-5700 STI Levers|
|Chainset:||FSA Gossamer Compact BB386 EVO Chainset|
|Bottom Bracket:||PF30 with adapter|
|Cassette:||Cassette Shimano 105 5700 Cassette / 10 Speed / 11-28|
|Chain:||Shimano 105 CN 5701 10 Speed Chain|
|Front Brake:||Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake Road with Avid G3 Clean Sweep Rotor|
|Rear Brake:||Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake Road with Avid G3 Clean Sweep Rotor|
|Handlebars:||Planet X Road Bar Strada Shallow Drop / Polished Black|
|Bar tape:||Planet X Logo Handlebar Tape|
|Stem:||Planet X Superlight Team 3D Forged Stem 100 mm / Polished Black|
|Headset:||FSA Orbit C-40 No.42 ACB-1 Tapered Headset|
|Wheels:||Shimano WH-RX05 Road Disc Wheelset / 700c|
|Front Tyre:||Continental CycloX-King Wired Tyre / 700c / Black / 35mm|
|Rear Tyre:||Continental CycloX-King Wired Tyre / 700c / Black / 35mm|
|Inner Tube:||Planet X Inner Tubes|
|Saddle:||San Marco Ponza Saddle / Carbon Steel / Black|
|Seatpost:||Planet X Light Alloy Seatpost / 31.6mm / Polished Black|
|Seat Clamp:||Kalloy Pro Alloy Seatclamp / 35.0mm / Anodised matt black|
|Pannier rack compatible:||No|
|Bottle cage bosses:||2 sets|
|Number of Gears:||20|
|Frame Material||Toray T700 Carbon|
|Fork Material||Toray T700 Carbon with alloy steerer|
|Approx. Frame Weight (g)||1223g (54cm)|
|Approx. Fork Weight (g)||769g (uncut steerer)|
|Seat Clamp Size (mm)||34,9|
|Front Mech Clamp Size (mm)||34,9|
|Disc mount||160mm direct post mount|
|Seatpost Size (mm)||31,6|
|Bottle Cage Bosses||2 sets|
|Headset type||FSA "No.42 ACB/MT"|
|Head Angle (°)||71.2||71.3||71.5||72.7|
|Head Tube Length (mm)||120||133||147||162|
|Effective Top Tube (mm)||515||535||553||568|
|Seat Tube Length Centre to Top (mm)||510||540||570||590|
Seat Tube Length Centre to Centre (mm)
|Seat Angle (°)||74.3||73.9||73.5||73|
|Rider Height||Suggested Frame Size|
|5′3″ to 5′7″ (160cm-170cm)||Small (51)|
|5′8″ to 5′11″ (173cm-180cm)||Medium (54)|
|5′10″ to 6′2″ (178cm- 188cm)||Large (57)|
|6′1″ to 6′6″ (185cm- 198cm)||X-Large (59)|
All frame size recommendations are approximate. A good fit will also depend on the correct choice of stem length, correct bike set-up for the rider and riding style.
Correct frame size choice can vary greatly with riders' torso length. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso, go for a slightly shorter stem. If you think you are borderline between sizes, and you have longer legs and a shorter torso, go for the smaller frame size. If you have shorter legs and a longer torso, go for the larger frame size to get the extra top tube length.
As the frame sizes increase, so does the length of the head tube. If you are inflexible or perhaps have a history of back problems, consider going for a larger frame size. This will increase the relative height of the handlebars making the position less “extreme”. The larger frame will also have a longer top tube, so you’ll need to compensate for this with a shorter stem.
My new bike is wonderful! It's really beautiful, really fast and fun to ride!
The bike overall is excellent, but, when rectifying the post build changes I found a stripped inner brake cable I had to replace at my cost and a front tyre that will not run true, even after remove/refit 3 times. These small, irritating minor faults should not detract a buyer from purchasing an otherwise great value for money cross bike. If PlanetX would contact me I will happily expand on any issues that they may like to recover.
Very pleased, a rigid and well built bike
This is a great bike. I appreciate how fast it responds, the handling is excellent, and the bike has already proven itself very capable on varied terrain. I have taken it on gravel roads, mountain bike trails with steep rooted downhill, near the beach in some very nasty sand, and put in many km' s on the road already in my first week of ownership. The build came in as I would expect from a production shop. I was able to ride the bike right out of the box, but the minor details which I give greater attention were missed. These included a section of cable housing which should be about 3cm shorter, the brakes not being dialed in precisely, and more attention was required to my drivetrain setup than I expected. However, these in no way take away from the quality of this bike, and after some brief work I have everything exactly as I could wish. The only test now is for durability as I will be riding this roughly 250km a week.
All in all the bike is good. The rear derailleur was nowhere near the right adjustment. It would not even shift to the top two gears. After I took care of that the bike has worked like a charm.
I bought this a few months back as a bad weather training bike for the abysmal roads in my area and have clocked up about 3000 miles so far on it. I swapped the knobblies for some 28mm Schwalbe Durano, which do puncture but have really good grip in the cold and wet (unlike gatorskins) and roll well.Overall, the bike is pretty good value and looks good despite the massive 'PLANETX' branding on the down tube. The wheels are strong but heavy - the rims are drilled out for schrader tractor valves and PlanetX had not fitted presta adapters to mine so had to source myself. Also, the Planet X rim tapes supplied on mine were crap - too narrow and sliding around like anything. Got my first blowout ever when the tube burst through one of the rim holes. Replaced with some Vittoria 18mm tapes - much better! The Avid BB7 disc brakes are not as good as I had hoped - they do stop OK in the dry and wet but the improvement over the campag calipers on my road bike is not that great, in fact I prefer my campag in the dry. The BB7's are also heavy and a real pain to set up without rubbing (I have heard this from others, too.)The shimano 105, I do not like. As the bike came, it was not set up very well and I ended up downloading all the technical docs and removing and reinstalling shifters, cables and mechs. Even with smooth cable runs and properly cut ends, it just does not shift as well as campag. My friend's 105 winter trainer is the same, and I wish I had just bought the frame and built it up with campag athena, which I will probably do in the end.The shallow drop bars are OK but a bit sharp on the top curve and giving me numb fingers but some thicker Cinelli tape helped with this. The saddle is also OK - bit more padded than I like but fits me well, although like the bars is a personal thing. Note also that it comes with an in-line seat post, but this suits me as I prefer a more forward position.Just regreased the rear hub bearings. The races still look OK, but it is clear that the drive-side weather seal is not that good. Might be cause of durability issues I hear with these hubs.Through winter, I managed to fix some narrow black SKS mudguards with cable ties and rubber amalgamating tape to protect the frame. Had to bend the mudguard stays to clear the disc brakes. Did the job but suffered a lot of foot impingement when trying to track stand at junctions.Overall a good bike for foul weather training but if I had the choice again, I would splash the cash and build something up with campag and better disc brakes. Good value but I am knocking a point off for poor build and finishing touches such as crap rim tapes and no rim hole adapters.
I'm an ex MTBer so I can't compare with much but I can tell you I love this bike, it's great fun to ride and it's tough I've taken it off road and it's even more fun on the trails. Just don't go taking it off drops!I'm taking a star off as the frame is unidirectional and not 12k as pictured. Some people hold aesthetics a high priority and so they should know that you don't get the criss-crossed final carbon layer, it's much smoother.
Breaks and derailleurs were not adjusted good as it was supposed to be. Rear break's mechanism needs to be fixed but it doesn't seems to be broke. However bike is really great, everything goes smoothly and I'm really happy that I've choosen XLS. Riding is just a pure pleasure.
Ordered the bike on April 4 and it arrived today (April 26), so quite a wait. Also, communication on the build progress and dispatch was non existent, but now the bike has arrived, I can say it was well worth it.Eager handling, a stiff, strong frame and good components means this is a lovely bike to ride both on or off road.I'm 5'11" with a 32" inside leg, and chose the large frame - its a perfect fit for me.
had it for 6 months. Love it. Excellent value for money
Carbon works GREAT.
Hmm...why are all review 5*!? suspect! This bike frame is the same as one i seen from a hong kong seller on a popular auction site - and the quality for the price is within its limits. The build quality is good, part assembly and bike build service is great by the team (albeit all my personal requests to change extra parts I bought for the bike were not meet despite several emails to-from the bike build team so that was disappointing) and delivery is rapid - all you have to do is re-align the handlebars! Im used to a fast rigid racer with carbon forks, but got this for an all-weather fast commuter and the occasional off-road comp I dabble in. It flex's a lot (I can see flex in the frame when i push my hand on a pedal when holding the bike by the saddle) so it feels relatively slow as it absorbs a lot of the road and effort through the pedals. I guess the upside if your not after speed - is a comfy ride! The disc brake calipers are surprisingly heavy and really does counter the weight benefit of the full carbon but they work well and are very smooth; modulate well. For the value of the bike and components - cant argue i guess but i am not absolutey amazed to which only then would i award 5 stars!
Really impressed with service and bike
Excellent products, excellent prize, excellent service except for one order that i still didnt recieve after one month
+1 to Barry Q's opinion.its light enough, sharp and quick rolling enough for anything I can achieve on a bike on tarmac right now. it can also wade through the worst muddy farm tracks we have around here. loving the 105 shifting too.
Finally pulled the pin and decided to go for a carbon cross bike and this just seems the best deal around with the fitted components. I've had 2 aluminium cross bikes before and this is by far the best, far better than the CX9 and a big step above my Boardman CX which is mainly my commuter.Taken round local trails and one event so far. The CycloX King tyres are awesome, even at high pressures they just dig in. Frame is stiff with no flex that I could find.As usual with my bikes it has already started a weight loss programme and is down from the weight of 9.9kg (weighed on the works scales) to 9.54kg with new wheels as the OEM one are very heavy, carbon bars, seatpost and Ultegra shifters & rear mech. I reckon sub 9kg is easily achieveable and if you went SRAM then 8.5kg and there is still weight to lose.BB7's are excellent and only took a few miles to bed in. Just as quick as my 7.6kg road bike on the 9 mile commute as well with the off road tyres fitted too.Can't wait to race it.
Purchased last October (2013) as a training/commuter bike for over winter, this bike has proved itself well to be a great all-rounder. Christened at a local off road trail marathon last Oct in North Yorkshire, it excelled downhill and on the flat. Generally speaking its light, agile and feels incredible responsive, the brakes are fantastic in all conditions. Recently (Dec'13) the original Schwable nobbly tyres have started to deteriorated due to overuse on the road, now with some new 25mm 4 Season Conti'ts, its flying again on road, not sure how these will fair on proper off round. In summary, a great purchase for anyone looking for a reliable all-rounder over the Winter months for training or commuting.
If you're not a cyclocrosser then this is an amazing value do-it-all bike. A fast, robust commuter that can keep up with weekend road rides and handle off-road trails.
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