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    Is a 29er a good starter bike for CX racing?

    Basic Noob question. Is a 29er a good CX racing bike for a Noob that justs wants to finish and doesn't care about winning?
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    Yes.

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    Totally. Plus you can run narrower CX tires if you like:


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    Especially if it is rigid but either way if you just want to get out there then yes.

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    I thought disc brakes and tire3 over 35 were illegal in most organizations ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunFlower View Post
    I thought disc brakes and tire3 over 35 were illegal in most organizations ?
    Troll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    Basic Noob question. Is a 29er a good CX racing bike for a Noob that justs wants to finish and doesn't care about winning?
    If you have one, then yes. If not, then no.

    Good bike for 'cross = whatever gets you out there this week

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    Man, riding a pugsley for cyclocross. Wow! How did that work out?

    I use my 29er for cyclocross right now, it works out pretty well. If I put lighter parts on it, the bike would be veeeeeery similar to a cross bike.

    Here's a photo me on my setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunFlower View Post
    I thought disc brakes and tire3 over 35 were illegal in most organizations ?
    The exact opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbotron View Post
    Man, riding a pugsley for cyclocross. Wow! How did that work out?

    I use my 29er for cyclocross right now, it works out pretty well. If I put lighter parts on it, the bike would be veeeeeery similar to a cross bike.

    Here's a photo me on my setup.
    That front triangle looks like it might make for a tough shoulder.

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    It would be, but heck, I end up carrying on almost all courses anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    It would be, but heck, I end up carrying on almost all courses anyways.
    You use a briefcase on your carries? That is real popular these days. Seems like the old 5 step rule for deciding between a shoulder and a briefcase is out of the window.

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    Yes, but granted few if any of our local courses have long run-ups. Also I suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonestr View Post
    That front triangle looks like it might make for a tough shoulder.
    I've shouldered worse bikes. It isn't terrific, but I don't really care, so it's okay by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flargle View Post
    Troll.
    Good question/observation and no reason to call him a troll.
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