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    Concept

    Ok, I am trying to visualize what Cyclocross is really like. From the pictures I see spread accross the web, it seems to be mainly a smooth off road event. Really I am just curious what percentage of the race is on paved roads, dirt path, and grass or whatever?

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    it ain't easy

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    The percentage of varying terrain changes between each event. What makes cyclocross hard is the dismount - remount and the run ups, not to mention the fact that the races vary between 45 min and 1 hour. It's just shy if a sprint.

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    Last edited by RacerX; 09-16-02 at 10:03 AM.

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    So do the rules require the use of a drop bar? I just do not see any other reason to use them in this type of conditions!

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    Originally posted by Kustomz
    So do the rules require the use of a drop bar? I just do not see any other reason to use them in this type of conditions!
    Nope - but if you use flat bars, bar ends cannot be used. I raced cross last year on a mountain bike with a rigid fork - I was at a disadvantage to the guys with cyclocross bikes.

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    Do you think the disadvantage was in the wheel size? With the industry view that 29 or 700 rolls over things easier.

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    Originally posted by Kustomz
    Do you think the disadvantage was in the wheel size? With the industry view that 29 or 700 rolls over things easier.
    No - I think the advantage is in the weight, frame size (cross bikes are easier to shoulder), tire size, riding position. I won and usally placed in the top 3 of most the cross races I did last year, all on a mountain bike - this year I've got a cross bike, but with only one gear, so I still have an excuse to lean on.

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