I'm new to CX and am building an experimental CX bike from the Bianchi in my sig. I will buy a "real" CX bike if I find that I ride this CX enough and convert the Bianchi to a SS.
The question I have is concerning gear ratios. I have a 14-28 cassette and a 42-53 chain ring. I think that 53 may be too high for CX but might keep it as it would be good for my winter commutes.
Should I get a triple/compact chain ring? What drive train ratios are you running?
Also, where do you ride your CX? I suspect that most ride CX bikes on dirt roads, commuting and mild single track. Does anyone ride thier CX bike on really gnarly (wish I brought the FS MTB) single track?
Any other suggestions that help me get this bike in shape for CX is greatly appreciated.
Thanks & Cheers,