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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 04-13-10, 10:53 AM   #1
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Focus Mares 'cross bikes

How is the Focus Mares line of cross bikes? They offer several price points with alloy frames, carbon frames and various components.

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Old 04-13-10, 01:15 PM   #2
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I saw the Expert when I went to the Performance the other day. I love the color scheme and their prices are not bad for an Ultegra bike. It also comes with pretty decent wheels which is what most manufacturers tend to skimp on to keep the price low. Not many companies are making carbon cyclocross bikes because they take a beating if you are racing and I just don't see a carbon bike lasting as long as an alloy one.

One thing I have noticed with cross is that having the fanciest bike does not make you the fastest. I went to a cross race a while back and everyone was racing in alloy bikes and 105/rival components. I got to talk to some people that have been racing for a while and they said that it's a waste of money to have fancy components because they take a beating.
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They're good bikes, radar UK has reviewed a couple mares models.
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I have the basic 105-equipped Focus Mares and really like it. I have put old cantilevers on instead of the Mini-v's but aside from that it works great. I am amazed at the way the frame soaks up uneven forestroads and light singletrack.
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