Bikes Direct Gravity Liberty CXD – closer look at the good and bad of disc brake cyclocross bike

All in all the Liberty CXD looks like it’ll be a good commuter and cyclocross bike. I will be replacing a ton of parts and dialing it in, since that is certainly needed.


Daniel G Freeman says:

Nice info in the review. I was hoping to find some useful real world info on this bike and you provided answers to all of my questions. Much obliged.


4 yrs

LiNERROR says:

they include a long seatpost so you can cut to length… included throw away pedals need to be broke in… these are all minor issues that would be taken care of in the setup… 

memphis407 says:

I looked on BD and the cxd group set looks lower than my CX which is the base. my bike has shimano claris shifters and front derailleur and shimano sora rear derailleur Also my wheels werent true either but the bike shop I bought it at fixed that and adjusted the front derailleur as it was slightly off.

teppichkopf says:

I got the 50cm and am 5’10”. For a rainy weather commuter and cyclocross machine I really wanted the disc brakes.

MPistol HVBullets says:

Any word on th weight?

Stewart Craig says:

Should of went to Kmart and got a Diamondback

Jenny Last says:

I don’t know what you expected to get with a bike in a box. This is how you buy factory direct and why the bike costs half what it would in a bike shop. YOU are the mechanic and YOU do all the adjustments. You can’t expect a perfectly adjusted bike from a box factory direct.

funnzie says:

Your are confusing a factory direct bike with a bike store bike. The extra you pay in the bike shop is for expert assembly and adjustment. When buying factory direct you take on the mechanics responsibility for ALL adjustment, that is where the cost savings comes from.

teppichkopf says:

Yeah, glad it helped. I couldn’t find much info on either before I bought it.

teppichkopf says:

I don’t have a scale so can’t get an accurate weight, but the wheels are on the heavy side for a cyclocross bike

Eli Gardea says:

Wow you got a 50cm? Does it really fit you? I would guess at 5’10” something around 56cm would be the best fit for you

jimmy says:

Great review. I’ve only heard bad things about these cheap-assemble-yourself bikes. I would just buy a used bike if you’re looking to save money.

Brantley Smith says:

With professional assembly and setup, it might be a sort of rideable bike… on a good day 🙂

teppichkopf says:

After a few hundred hard commuter miles I ended up selling mine. I found the carbon fork pretty sub-par. The vibrations left my arms numb a few miles into the ride. I also think the alignment of the disc tabs were off. I could never get the front brake dialed in, always rubbing with the disc. And I know the fork eyelets were definitely out of square pretty bad, but I never out a rack on the front. Maybe I just had a real bad fork. Hopefully you’ll have a better fork then I did.

David K. says:

Informative review, man! Could you tell me the weight?

David K. says:

Yea it is feather light. I bought a 54cm (L), and it only weighed around 23 lbs. One of my tires isn’t true and the discs were a bit off. I managed to bend the discs true, but I haven’t gotten to the tire yet. Good to know they’ll replace it if I can’t fix it!

David K. says:

Informative review, man! Could you tell me the weight?

Maximus Moretta says:

@Stewart Craig Liberty CXD and Diamondback are made by the Same company Kinesis Industry 😉 Brands also manufactured by Kinesis include Felt Bicycles, GT Bicycles, Schwinn, Jamis, K2, Raleigh, Trek, Kross and Kona. the only differences with a lot of bicycle now a days is stickers and paint scheme. FYI I own two Kinesis bicycles Motobecane Fantom Cross and Gravity Liberty CX and I Love them both.

Herbie Wilson says:

Thank you for the review, teppichkopf, and everyone for the comments.  I ordered a Liberty CDX 50cm a few days ago and just waiting for delivery.  I will make sure to do a very thorough setup and get it dialed in!  I’ve read a few different people having untrue brake rotors, causing that shimmied braking, but I doubt the seller would give much trouble to replace them if that’s the case.

teppichkopf says:

Good score on getting a upgraded set of wheels.

techservant says:

The reason I steer clear of used bikes (although great deals out there) is because my nice brand new bike which I paid full retail for to support my local bike shop was stolen at the ripe young age of 3 months. I don’t trust anyone selling really nice bikes anymore, it is sad. If I had to do it again I would get one without the disk brakes. The kind they put on this model is Tektro and they have a long throw-meaning you have to pull the handle almost all the way back to get them to engage.

KidCorporate says:

Nice overview, exactly what I was looking for regarding this particular bike.

teppichkopf says:

The extra brake levers on the top are common with cyclocross bikes. You can use either the Shimano or Tektro brakes, they both work.

mias50 says:

Hi David,

Did you by any chance have any opinion about the front fork on your bike?

Looking to buy this bike or the base version of Specialized Secteur, the difference in price between the two is enough to make me do my homework

MrExtremehustler says:

Hey bro no bike in a box straight from a factory is going to be well adjusted or finely tuned. A bike shop will hook everything up for you for about $85.00 or less. Grease! Factories don’t grease and if they do it will be a tar like grease that you should remove. Brakes, gears, spokes, tires and wires all need to be adjusted. As for the seat, you must remove the water bottle bolts bro. I can see the damn bolts from here man.  You should probably take it to the shop. 

techservant says:

Thanks, I think mine is square, the only issue I had was the wheels were bent and even after taking to the shop for a pro tune they would not true. Luckily they were out of those wheels and actually are sending me a pair (upgrade) they did have in the warehouse so I scored a bit on that. As far as the comfort goes, we shall see. I am use to riding a crossover with flat handlebars and I have noticed my thumb joints getting sore after a couple miles.

teppichkopf says:

Yes, the 50 cm fits good. The seat tube height alone isn’t a good indicator of what size will fit. The better measurement is top tube length. Their bike sizing chart has the 50 cm as a Medium frame for 5’7″-5’10”.

igostupidfast3 says:

Whats the weight

namgip67 says:

Perhaps if a bottle cage were attached to the seat tube, the bolts would not protrude into the tube and the seat post could be lowered. If not, a spacers could be used when attaching the bottle cage.

StormLaker1975 says:

Though I am not considering a road or cyclocross bike from BD, but I am considering getting a fat tire mountain bike from them for around $500. While I have every confidence that I can turn a wrench and assemble the bike, I trust my friends at my trusty local bike shop to do it right and make it safe and roadworthy- they have the time, tools, and expertise. With that said, I’ll still save a grand over a name brand fat bike, less the cost to assemble the bike. They’ve taken pretty good care of my Specialized Sirrus since I bought it 3 years ago, but it’s time to sell it and move up to something beefier for my commuting needs, haha.

Neil Lokuge says:

Good review, what size did you get and how tall are you. The sizing is the only area I’m concerned about. I’m debating between the CXD and CX. $100 difference

techservant says:

Just bought one. I am used to mtn bikes and my last bike was a Raleigh Misceo crossover. This bike seems feather light compared to that one. I had every issue that he mentions above including having to have one wheel replaced (which they did) because it could not be trued up. They blame the shipper of course. The cable throw on the rear brakes is very long and no matter how you adjust it still you have to pull the brake lever really far before it engages the brakes. However, the price is great.


Very nice review! I’m currently seriously considering buying this bike as a commuting/touring bike but I’m a little puzzled by the fact that they include 2 sets of brake levers with the bike. There are the 2303 brake/shifter and the Tektro levers, and I was wondering if there’s a particular reason they put extra top levers? Is it because the Tektro Lyra brakes aren’t compatible with the 2303 Shifters/levers and so they can be only activated by the top ones or are both of them Compatible?

Flatlandcoder85 says:

Dare I ask, what happened to the seat post? And were you able to adjust it to your liking? Thinking of getting one of these. Still a lot of off-roading necessary by commuters in OKC.

teppichkopf says:

I’m using a different seat post that is shorter and doesn’t hit the water bottle bolts. For those using the bikesdirect seat post, it may require a hacksaw to take off some depending on their height needs.

Frank Wood says:

pit the bike together and ride it bro, and maybe stop by bike shop and by some zip ties

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