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    MTB for cross racing...?

    I am going to going to enter a my first cross race in about a month from now and I am wondering if a person can expect to be competitive on a mountain bike, at least for cat c? I am doing this first season basically to have fun and learn how. However I would like to at least be finishing better than last next season. suggestions?

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    It really depends on how bulky your bike is. I race for fun, I own a litespeed road bike and have a f600 Cannondale mountain bike. The idea of now buying a cross bike is unlikely. Considering there are only 8 fall races for cross - and the struggle of how I would use it for the rest of the year that my road and mountain bike cant do. My cannondale is very light, I have conti cross tires that work very well for the races, nice tread, narrow 1.5 I believe. The only drawback is the carry of the bike on the climbs. I suppose if cross racing was a full season, I would consider a cross bike - who knows.

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    i raced my first season on a mtn. bike. i never won...but i was never last. the following season i bought a cx bike and now i'm typically in the top 1/2 of Cat C.

    the cx bike makes a HUGE difference...for me at least. plus...it's so much more entertaining while riding the trails.

    you can win on a mtn. bike. i've seen it in C's and B's. haven't done it, but seen it.

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    You know,if you have the training and the dedication to race competitivly, you could do it on any bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amahana1
    I am going to going to enter a my first cross race in about a month from now and I am wondering if a person can expect to be competitive on a mountain bike, at least for cat c? I am doing this first season basically to have fun and learn how. However I would like to at least be finishing better than last next season. suggestions?
    I did my first cross race on my mountain bike just last week. Finished close to last place (25th out of 33 or so riders), and I worked pretty hard.

    My bike isn't very svelt, it weighs about 26 lbs with kinda fat tires and has a suspension fork. I think a lighter bike with smaller tires would certainly help, but I don't think it would push me up 25 positions. So for now I'm going to concentrate on my training and not worry about the bike. It'll just be a plus later on.

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    I saw a guy last year win a B race on a mountain bike. You can do it but I believe you are at a slight disatvantage especially on the pavement. Like others say the way to finish better is to train. I've never seen a pro on a mountain bike so I guess that is saying something. But in mens c you'll see a lot of guys with them. Most importantly have fun...

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    I've never seen a pro on a mountain bike
    From what I understand pro and elite classes are REQUIRED to ride 'cross specific bikes so you won't see pros on them.
    "You handle it like you handle a bicycle" - Jacques Rosay, Airbus A380 test pilot

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    I'm interested in the cyclocross thing, but can't get a cross bike just yet. I'll be doing exactly what your thinking and others have done. I think the big thing is to have fun, and train (which will lead to more fun - you know not spitting up your lungs during the race ).

    I'll probably just get some "road-like" tires for the bike. The gearing is actually already road-like, since I never got around to changing the chainrings out, and the bike is quite light so portage shouldn't be too big an issue (hardtail). Good luck to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KleinRider
    I'm interested in the cyclocross thing, but can't get a cross bike just yet. I'll be doing exactly what your thinking and others have done. I think the big thing is to have fun, and train (which will lead to more fun - you know not spitting up your lungs during the race ).

    I'll probably just get some "road-like" tires for the bike. The gearing is actually already road-like, since I never got around to changing the chainrings out, and the bike is quite light so portage shouldn't be too big an issue (hardtail). Good luck to you!

    I am actually looking for a decent hardtail frame to build up for next year, I have a couple of Cannondale road bikes but dont want to trash them cross racing. I will probably like you just stick some cross tires on there and have fun with it.

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    This to is my first year racing cyclocross, and as a back of the pack rider I resisted the urge to purchase a cyclocross bike for my fist year. I have a great mountain bike that I have been riding; a hardtail Klein that has great suspension and much needed disc brakes. I decided that even though riding a true cross bike might move me up two or three places on the finishers list, I am going to wait untill I crack the top ten before I make the move to purchase a cross specific bike.

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