I started 3 weeks ago on my MTB. After 3 training races and 1 official race I see where the MTB has certain weaknesses and am looking to get a dedicated cross bike. Heavy, front suspension to mushy in grass and hard pack, etc. I have a trek 520 touring bike with a 52-42-30 crank and bar end shifters that I could put cross tires on and race.
My question is should I quit mucking around, sell the 520 and just go ahead and buy a "real" cross bike?
Will the bar ends be a liabilty?
Any input is appreciated. Thanks.