Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Bikes: Haro V2 [rip / stolen], PEUGEOT '93 SELECT
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sounds like a road/cyclocross is more of a hybrid mtb/commuter frame with more of a road bike geometry. Without knowing what the model or make of the bike it makes it a bit tougher to say.
Lets just say this... compare this http://brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/voltage.php
with your bike
(this is more of a commuter /road mtb hybrid, throw on a set of drop bars and it would be a faily decent cheap hybrid road/cross bike).
Now compare that with this bike by the same company http://brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ronin.php
this is a cross bike.
If you look at the frame composition and the geometry you will realise what the difference is.
Now finally compare that wth a road bike and you can more or less figure what you would have.
All in all if you want a cross bike, build it or get a cross specific bike (as I'm learning with the help of others here). If you are getting a good deal from your buddy then all the better.
It'll take a bit more time to find out about parts and stuff but still you'll get the hang of it the more obsessed you get with fining out about your bike and its mechanics.
I think what you want to hear more is if you are getting a good deal or not, I say this, if its truely your buddy, he/she wouldn't want to make a fast buck off of you and if they do then not a good friend.