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Old 11-20-11, 10:15 AM   #1
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Rigid MTB vs. Touring Bike

So I've done two races so far (2 of 5 and 3 of 5) on my hardtail MTB. However, I want something a bit better suited for cylocross. I've got an older specialized Rockhopper (Rigid Aluminum w/ canti's). I have friction bar ends and drop bars that I could put on, as well as aero levers. I could get something like the Schwalbe 26" CX tires. My other option is to use my Bianchi Randonneur Touring bike from the early 80's. This is a steel frame with a bit of clearance and canti's. Currently I have fenders on it and it weighs around 22-23 lbs. I could keep my STI's or put bar ends. I've read that a touring bike's geometry will not be good for CX, but would it be a better option than a "monster-cross" bike?

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Old 11-20-11, 12:59 PM   #2
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I don't think that the rockhopper is going to have noticibly more aggressive geometry that the touring bike. If the Bianchi is tipping the scales at less than 23 pounds, that sounds like the better choice. Keep the STIs.
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Old 11-20-11, 01:46 PM   #3
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You can have fun with either..
though if the course has some off camber hillside sections
digging the pedal on the lower BB touring bike into the upslope will be more likely.
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Old 11-22-11, 08:32 PM   #4
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Either should be fine for first time. You could always build both up for CX and ride one for one race, and have the other for a pit bike. Next race, do it the opposite. You'll figure out pretty quick which will be your primary bike.
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Old 11-23-11, 02:14 PM   #5
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I got tires for the touring bike today and will be putting them on tonight. I was planning on using a Alex AT400 up front and an open pro in the back, but my open pro seems to be coming loose alot. It has an American classic hub. Will it need new bearings?

If that's not an easy fix, I'll probably use ALX 200 wheels. Will they be strong enough or should I opt for something with a higher spoke count (I'm pretty light)?
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I rode a touring bike in cross for years, they work quite well. I also had a Schwinn Paramount ridged MTB. It was ok but I preferred the feel of the touring bike for cross.
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