Just recently have been enjoying haring around on an old road bike I rescued from a friend's trash, but I'm always wishing I could take a forest trail or dirt track to make a more interesting route. Could it be that a cyclocross bike is what I need?
Coming from the world of mountain bikes, CX frames look awfully fragile. I know they're made for use on grass and mud, but can they withstand trundling down a rocky track, or bumping over a dry furrowed field? I'm not talking about very steep or rough terrain, but the kind of tracks that an ordinary 4WD car could get over.
Is there a preferred frame material for this kind of use? All other things being equal, I'm inclined towards the Scott Addict carbon-framed bike.
Thanks for your thoughts,