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View Poll Results: Which bike to use?
Kona Dew Deluxe (Hybrid) 11 91.67%
Giant NRS Air (MTB) 1 8.33%
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Old 08-24-07, 12:29 PM   #1
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Trying CX: Hybrid or MTB

I am not going to miss another season, but I own too many bikes to buy another. Trying to figure out which bike would be better suited so a newbie CX racer (cat4 Roadie though).

In one corner I have a 06 Kona Dew Deluxe w/Nashbar Carbon CX Fork
And in the other corner, a 04(?) Giant NRS Air. Weird frameset I know, but it has good components.

I'm leaning towards the Kona, because it's lighter, simpler and the brake levers are already switched. If I put back on the trail tires it came with (no mud in NorCal during Sept-Dec), it's not so unlike the Kona Jake I used to own for commuting, just heavier (mainly wheels) with flat bars. Oh yeah, and the Dw can stop, unlike the Jake.
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definitely the dew deluxe. it's a pretty nice bike. We sell them at the shop where I work and I often think about cross when I see them. Once we did a Dr. Dew up with cross tires and it just looked ready to roll! you could probably do a whole season on it.
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Do the dew!!
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Ahnold accent: "DEW It!"
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Excuse my ignorance, but why not just buy a cyclocross bike? They're the best suited for cross racing, no matter what level you're at. Also, given that you're a roadie, the position would be more natural for you.

If, on the other hand, you want a bike to cross train in the winter, get a mountain bike! Hybrid bikes are always compromises: you cant race mountain bike races with them, and you may not be able to race in a true cross race with them due to the bar configeration.
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Mtn Mike, I have one too many toys. Before I put down the money on a CX bike, I want to try a few races an see if I'm into it enough.
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Mtn Mike, I have one too many toys. Before I put down the money on a CX bike, I want to try a few races an see if I'm into it enough.
Sorry I misread your post; I thought you were looking to buy a new bike. Ride what you got. I guess I'd vote Dew.
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