Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Road/cyclocross?
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I am in the process of buying a new bike primarily for city road use, with a fair amount of distance riding as well. I had planned to buy a used road frame and put something together but a friend of a friend turns out to have some connection with a French (?) bike company and apparently has an unused bike in roughly my size sitting around. He says it's a road-cyclocross frame (not `pure' cyclocross); I haven't seen it yet. I don't know a thing about cyclocross. (When I was doing any offroad biking at all, I don't even know if there was such a thing. That was awhile ago and I have not been paying attention to things in the biking world for some time.) So: request for advice ... What's the difference between a standard cyclocross and a road/cyclocross frame, if any? Is there an advantage to going this route over just a road frame? I'll be riding it with high-psi tires anyway at least the vast majority of the time.
06-11-07, 05:33 PM
sounds like a road/cyclocross is more of a hybrid mtb/commuter frame with more of a road bike geometry. Without knowing what the model or make of the bike it makes it a bit tougher to say.
Lets just say this... compare this http://brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/voltage.php with your bike
(this is more of a commuter /road mtb hybrid, throw on a set of drop bars and it would be a faily decent cheap hybrid road/cross bike).
Now compare that with this bike by the same company http://brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ronin.php this is a cross bike.
If you look at the frame composition and the geometry you will realise what the difference is.
Now finally compare that wth a road bike and you can more or less figure what you would have.
All in all if you want a cross bike, build it or get a cross specific bike (as I'm learning with the help of others here). If you are getting a good deal from your buddy then all the better.
It'll take a bit more time to find out about parts and stuff but still you'll get the hang of it the more obsessed you get with fining out about your bike and its mechanics.
I think what you want to hear more is if you are getting a good deal or not, I say this, if its truely your buddy, he/she wouldn't want to make a fast buck off of you and if they do then not a good friend.
http://brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/frame_romax_b.php now THIS is a cross bike...
06-11-07, 10:44 PM
If you live in the USA good luck getting ahold of Brodie. I tried for a solid week with no phone calls answered or emails replied to. I was ready to buy the Ronin because it had everything I was looking for — but ended up building a Crosscheck instead. I'm happy with the CC so it worked out.
06-12-07, 09:55 AM
dude if you want broadie stuff tell me, LBS carries specifically broadie, look(special order) and devincci bikes. send me the cash + shipping cost and ill have the LBS shoot it to you direct
06-12-07, 10:01 AM
NOW THIS IS A CROSS BIKE THAT WILL PUT MOST OTHERS TO SHAME !!!
the TT model place for the IRONMAN triathalon, super durable, its something to definatly check out... its on my list of frames to buy.
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