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    What's the diff. btwn. Cyclocross frames and Mountain bike frames?

    Some of you may think this is a dumb question but I don't know anything about cyclocross, I thought I'd peak in at this forum and find out a bit more. I was looking at some pics of cyclocross frames and they looked kind of like mountain frames with drop bars. Is this the only difference?
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    Actually, cyclocross frames are much more similar to road bike frames. In fact from what i've read, the first cyclocross frames were road bike frames. The main differences are just some minor geometery tweaks (i.e. higher bottom bracket for ground clearance) and forks/seatstays/chainstays that can accomodate wide tires.

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    The modern CX frame itself is a tougher version of a road frame with more upright geometry since an aerodynamic position is not necessary. Beefier forks to handle the cantilever brakes.

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    mountain bikes are designed for suspension forks and more heavy duty. some cx frames are the same weights as road versions. mountain bikes also have much more tire clearence.
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