Originally Posted by JayHoe
Thanks, the more I've been looking into cyclocross bikes, the more I really want to get into cyclocross itself. A couple other questions: what should I be looking for in frame material? ie which is fastest and which is best for cyclocross etc? Also do I want a two or three ring chainset? From what I understand a true cx bike would have two while a closer to touring bike would have three? Also, I have seen carbon fiber forks but not carbon frames. Is there a reason for this?
Finally what kind of pedals do cx bikes typically have? I would like to not have to buy special shoes but just wondering.
Hmmm....I'm not the expert in the materials field but here goes. There are many aluminum bikes out there, Trek, Kona, Bianchi, Cannondale, & Giant (frame only), Empella, Ridley, Redline, Fuji, Felt, comes to mind. Likewise there are many steel ones, Lemond, Surly, Steelman, Seven (Tsunami comes in titanium as well), Independent Fabrications. I hope I did not offend anyone if I forgotten a manfacturer or model. If you want the exotic stuff, in titanium, Seven & Moots, or carbon fiber, Aegis & Ridley which usually equates to very big $$$$ & major budgetary concerns. If you wreck badly enough.....
More to point, from a buyers standpoint as well as a manufacturer's, we are back to the personal budget & how many super-duper high end bikes does the manufacturer want to sell in a very small niche market compared to a lower cost al unit for the rest. If you have the budget, you can trick out a rig with the latest CF or ti frame (per your like), all cf components, Campy or Shimano 10spd per your liking, and the fastest wheels/best tires that you can think of. In this view, you should come out with a very fast & light rig.
I have not personally seen a CX bike outfitted with a triple chainring as the racing technique is such that if you are in the granny ring going for all you are worth up a hill, chances are you could shoulder the bike & run/walk up faster. Thus negating the requirement for a triple. I personally changed from an Ultegra 53/39 double to a FSA compact crank 50/34 (non carbon version) as I wanted lower gears. I could never push 53x12 on the road to begin with & needed more than 39x25 for climbing, so I figure by going with a compact crank, I get the best of both worlds, I think. It works well for me on the road & hilly duathlons so far & I am looking forward to fall for CX.
I think most riders are using mtb pedals of one kind or another for mud shedding capabilities. Most use mtb shoes with toe spikes so they are able to run, through mud/snow, during the dismounted portions of the race. Though, I will readily admit that I use platform pedals with my good old running shoes, old being the operative word. As far as I know, I was the only one in last year's CX season with running shoes & I can count on 1 hand the number of people I have seen with platform pedals in 4 duathlon events too. For me, I am a bit of a 36yr old chicken when it comes to being bolted to my bike, whereas everyone else finds it absolutely normal. I will never be able to bunny hop due tio the same reason either.