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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 10-16-05, 07:43 AM   #1
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I have an older GT Karakoram and somewhat newer Giant TCR2. I am tossing around the idea of converting one the bikes to cyclocross. Any opinions on which one would be the better choice? - Thx
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Old 10-16-05, 11:05 AM   #2
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Take your pick mate. I converted an old Sanwa road bike to cross/trails
use and it came out OK so go for it.
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Old 10-16-05, 11:25 AM   #3
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It depends on what you really plan on doing with it. If you are going to pound it hard on rough trails, then probably the GT since the frame on the Giant frame may not be able to handle it. If you are just looking at trails that are reatively smooth and dirt roads, then either one would work. My only concern with the Giant is if the frame will be able to handle the stresses of rough riding.
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Room for some knobby tires may be a deciding factor as well.
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Old 10-17-05, 07:42 AM   #5
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Guessing this is a troll but nevertheless:

You most certainly CAN'T convert a Giant TCR2. Where do you propose to put the cross tires? On your back? What about brakes?

The GT needs only slightly smaller tires which are intermittently difficult to find and a drop bar.

Converting over to road controls normally daunts anyone converting a road bike because it's a larger than expected expense (bar end shifters are like $80, brake levers, handlebar, and tape will run close to another $75 unless you have the parts laying around.)

Why would you think that converting the GT over would be preferable to using it the way it is? The only real difference is that flat bar and many people prefer those.
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