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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 08-05-08, 03:21 PM   #1
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What's the worst my tricross can take?

I just ordered an '07 tricross comp, it's my first cyclocross bike. It's going to be my commuter, my trainer, my winter bike, and I'm going to kill myself on some trails too. I wish we had cyclocross around here...

So: how much do you think it'll be able to take, trail-wise? How rough should I be able to go?
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Old 08-05-08, 03:49 PM   #2
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I've taken my Tricross Comp down some pretty root nasty single track. I can't say it was fun though. With the proper tires and tire pressure, you should be able to go down some fairly technical trails if you choose the right lines. The lack of a front suspension fork makes it pretty bone jarring. Doubt you'd break anything on the bike though.
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Old 08-05-08, 04:57 PM   #3
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It will handle any XC trails. Rock gardens and roots are fine, you just have to slow down some to keep from pinch flatting. Stay away from dirt jumps and drops to flat over a couple feet.
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i'd slap on the widest tires that'll fit as well. you can take it on any trail, it's just a matter of how much you ride versus how much you hoof it. i bet you'll find that you can ride most of it, and that you'll be able to ride more and more as you learn the trail.
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And ****, hop off and shoulder it on those rough sections and get ready for the cyclocross season.
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I think I'm going to end my road-riding season early, throw the knobbies back on, and do some XC with a bit of hoofing as training for the fall.
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30s into this one ... I wouldn't push it much further than that: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/162768...massive_crash/

Edit: Aside from Bender crashing yet again, I really enjoy this clip of a guy doing however big a gap OFF A TEATER TOTTER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi9wJ...eature=related

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