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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 10-27-06, 04:33 PM   #1
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cyclocross instead of mountain biking

I just purchased cyclocross bike built up with mountain bike componants and a flat bar.I intend to use it on the same trails as where I mountain bike, should I be concerned about damaging my frame and fork on the single track, it's rough in spots but I seldom leave the ground on my mountain bike.
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Old 10-27-06, 05:06 PM   #2
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I used my my cross bike in a NORBA race last year (had 700 by 45's on it). I think you'll be just fine.
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What kind of a bike is it? Some manufacturers have better Frame guarantees than others. I often use my Salsa Las Cruces on single track. Recently PTAG and Dirt Rag and others built a wicked trail in Frick Park with banked turns, off camber turns, jumps, 18” wide wood bridges, and see-saws. The SLC handles it pretty well, with the following issues—

1) Look out for steep angled jumps or heading down into a steep angle dirt mound. Seems like you could snap a fork on something like this if you hit too hard.

2) I have flown the SLC about 8 feet. Not a whooping jump distance. I’d avoid going to heavy on the aerial maneuvers.
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Old 10-31-06, 07:52 AM   #4
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My Salsa Las Cruces is pretty much all I ride in the woods around here. I beat the dog out of that thing and have never worried about it breaking.

700x40 on front and 700x38 on rear...

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I think the bigger worry will be your wheels. Depending on how big a tire you can fit, and what kind of lines you take, they may see quite a bit of stress. I've got a nice flat spot on my Gunnar Crosshair's front rim after taking it singletracking (admittedly, with 28mm road tires)

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I think the bigger worry will be your wheels. Depending on how big a tire you can fit, and what kind of lines you take, they may see quite a bit of stress. I've got a nice flat spot on my Gunnar Crosshair's front rim after taking it singletracking (admittedly, with 28mm road tires)

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Good point. Who really knows what is under all of those pretty leaves. I use 32s in the front and a 45 in the back. A good rock or root could do some wheel damage.
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