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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 05-19-09, 09:54 PM   #1
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can i use my cannondale caad5 r800 road bike as a cyclocross?

I managed to fit some 700x32 ritchey speedmaxs on them. Aside from mud clogging up my calipers, anyone see a problem with this? will i damage my road bike? Also, I have a pair of mavic cosmos with 24F/28R and I weigh about 165. Will that work out or should i use 32f/32r?
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no. mud will be an issue. the for is not designed to withstand the stresses of cross
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Other than the fork issue, you could probably do it. I saw a guy racing on a carbon Trek Madone with a 29'er suspension fork one time.
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I saw a guy racing on a carbon Trek Madone with a 29'er suspension fork one time.
How'd he place?
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Pretty well actually. The courses here in Florida are completely dry in the "winter".
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Not a good idea. If you want to have fun, just get a used rigid MTB and go at it.

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