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Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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Originally Posted by incanus
I live in a city with lots of cracks and bumps in the streets. I am thinking of buying a new bike, and i want the feeling of a road bike with the strength of a mountain bike tires. Is a cyclocross bike the best option for me?
Thanks for answering!
A CX is at least a very good choice, but it's best to evaluate the kind of riding that you'll be doing short and long term, and where you'll be riding, before you settle on a style of bike.
I live in New York City and I bought a Cannondale Cyclocross. While I've always wanted a 'cross bike and one day I might just try a 'cross race, the bike seemed to be the perfect fit for the riding I pictured I'd be doing. My rides in NYC take me along smooth roads, gnarly chewed-up roads, rough cobbles, rough dirt trails, gravel, up and over curbs, and in between taxis, trucks, buses, and pedestrians. The 'Dale is perfect for this varied riding, and enjoyable at low and high speeds. I swapped out my 'cross tyres for some 700x32c slick tyres, though 28c's will work just as well.
Overall, the bike is solid, responive, and fast when I need it to be, and a joy to ride. It has a nice "road bike" feel since I was custom fitted on a fit-kit, and it handles very well in the dirt. Choosing to go with a CX bike is an easy choice, but which CX is another choice. Some bikes like the Bianchi Cross Concept are race bikes, while bikes like the Bianchi Axis are more of a 'cross/touring/commuter/road bike. Do some research before deciding on a specific CX bike.