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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 11-10-07, 11:27 PM   #1
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versatile CX bike...???

so...i'm still shopping for a cyclocross bike. i originally asked if i could use my roadbike for cyclocross...but i guess that wasn't really recommended. but i have another question...is there a bike that i can use for mountain biking AND cyclocross?
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Old 11-10-07, 11:47 PM   #2
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Any cross bike can be used on mountain bike trails, just not as well as a mountain bike.

The cross check isn't a fabulous racer, but it will take pretty huge tires, so it might make a decent mountain bike substitute.

I take my cross bike on some pretty gnarly tails, but with the exception of fireroads and the like I'd be a lot faster on a cross country mountain bike.
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You could get a 29er mountain bike and run cross wheels/tires on it for cross, then mtb tires for mountain biking... It's not the perfect solution, but I would say that a light 29er rigid would be better for cross than a cross bike would be for mountain biking.
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You could get a 29er mountain bike and run cross wheels/tires on it for cross, then mtb tires for mountain biking... It's not the perfect solution, but I would say that a light 29er rigid would be better for cross than a cross bike would be for mountain biking.
can you recommend any decent 29ers that aren't too expensive? road and tri are my real loves in cycling...so i don't want to spend more than $1000 on a mtb/cx bike, used or new.
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can you recommend any decent 29ers that aren't too expensive? road and tri are my real loves in cycling...so i don't want to spend more than $1000 on a mtb/cx bike, used or new.
You could probably build up a surly karate monkey for that price. YOu wouldn't get super components unles syou really shop around. But if you run shallow flared dirt drops it could be a very servicable 'cross bike and cross country rig.
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