Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - How much offroad abuse can a cross bike handle?
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01-02-06, 10:51 AM
I have an 05 JTS that so far has handled like a dream everything I have thrown at it. I was just wondering, what are the offroad limits for a cross bike? Can a cross bike handle gentle XC riding? Thanks.
01-02-06, 12:06 PM
Sure, your bike will handle xc riding. I think you'll be surprised.
If you push things too far, you'll start getting pinch flats and maybe damaging your rims. That's if you're hitting rocks and big tree roots and stuff with those skinny cross tires.
01-02-06, 03:24 PM
THANK YOU!!! You just helped to solve a major issue for me.
lots of it is the rider too.
when i lived in Texas, there was a guy who showed for every off-road group ride on a cross bike. us MTB'ers were always breaking parts trying to keep up with him (on the bike and on the motor)...
I'm 205 pounds, 5' 9" and pretty solid....when not doing landscape masonry, I ride and surf. My '04 JtS has taken rediculous amounts of abuse. With the Krysiriums on the street my riding buddies just cringe when I bunnyhop potholes and curbs and offroad, the MA3's need occasional truing, but actually jump fairly well off road.
01-02-06, 08:04 PM
Like others pointed out, it's mostly a question of what the wheels will take and how you ride it. I'll go do single track as long as the roots aren't too bad. Here in Florida those are the major hazard. It's mostly the roots and rocks that'll mess you up. The rest of it the bike will take in stride unless you ride like an ogre, slamming it down on jumps and stupid crap like that.
01-02-06, 08:30 PM
I was wondering the same thing myself...I'm looking into buying an '06 Bianchi Axis and wanted something that could handle on and off road as equally strong as possible. This news is rather encouraging.
Unfortunately, however, in my area, most of the obstacles are in fact roots and rocks. Oh well, we'll see.
I'm in York Harbor Maine and do most of my riding around here (MT A) and a ton in the No Shore of Mass...All I know is roots and rocks.
01-03-06, 03:19 PM
I've taken my cross bike on some gnarly rides that have made others doubt my sanity. Bombing down hill on a dried up river bed with baby head rocks and 8 inch drops, and rocks and roots galore. It beat me up worse than the bike. After about a 5 or ten pretty abusive rides the wheels were only slightly out of true. <Open Pros 36h 3x with Kenda 35mm>
Like others said- answer depends on the rider & conditions. I've done some MTB races (not fast, but I have fun), & at one race last year we have several cross bikes used by some better riders on a few bets. The Midwest trail was considered beginner to intermediate in technical difficulty and ran 28+ miles (4 laps) for expert/pro riders. Lots of hard singletrack, but technical sections of roots & 6-8" rock as well. One drop of only 18" or so. Every CX bike flatted at least once, though I did not hear of any real bike damage. The semi-pro son of a friend of mine (with pit-stop style team support under the event's rules) flatted 6 (six) times & took a DNF. During social rides, CX bikes ride that trail without difficulty. At race speeds it was a different story.
01-16-06, 09:02 AM
from what ive noticed, its never whether the bike can handle it, its pretty much just the wheels. if you're doing serious off roading the wheels will probably need some trueing after a few rides.
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