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:||Chainset Shimano FC-CX50 10 Speed 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.
Carbon works GREAT.
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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