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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 07-27-08, 10:25 PM   #1
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Cross with the most bounce!

I know it has to do with stiffness - but I don't know the technical word for it.

My commute to work involves about a mile long downward slope riddled with uneven pavement and potholes. This is why I'm getting a cyclocross.

While test riding several bikes, I noticed that some were more fun than others.

Whenever I make for the long descent - I've notice that some bikes respond more pleasantly. They have a 'bounce' which make for an awesome fun ride - whereas some bikes cause unpleasant vibrations and feel brittle and fragile.

Please enlighten me if you know what I'm talking about. To date, the bike that was the most fun through all the potholes and uneven pavement was the cannondale XR7.

If you can help me figure out what to look for when looking for a fun ride (weight considerations be damned) please respond to this post, and I will love you forever. Are aluminum frames better than steel frames for this type of riding? Was cannondale more fun because of higher quality aluminum? or what was it?

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Old 07-27-08, 10:36 PM   #2
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Did all of the bikes have the same tire width and pressure? I would expect the all-aluminum cannondale to be on the stiff side of things.
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Old 07-27-08, 10:48 PM   #3
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Nope definitely not. The cannondale RX7 had wider tires. I guess that has a lot to do with it.
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Old 07-27-08, 11:29 PM   #4
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"Spring" is a somewhat ephemeral ride quality, and there's lots of debate on the different components that go in to that. I'll say only 2 things.

First, tire width and quality has a lot more to do with it than anything else.

Second, the boys and girls at Cannondale do have alu pretty well dialed in. Not sure what it is, but I felt a similar snappiness with my CAAD7 road bike, when compared with other aluminum frames set up similarly.
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