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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 11-17-08, 08:54 AM   #1
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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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Old 11-17-08, 09:03 AM   #2
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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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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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The exact opposite.
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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.
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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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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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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Troll.
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