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    Flat bars bikes for CX

    Im goiong to go to my first CX race this year (as a spectator).. I was wondering, do people run flat bar bikes at these races too? Like Trek FX lines or Specialized Sirrus??
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    Yes and you'll see mountain bikes out there as well.
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    wouldn't the flat bar bikes have an advantage??
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMJS View Post
    wouldn't the flat bar bikes have an advantage??
    No.

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    From my short time racing cross, I've found that the drop bar is far superior to flat bars. Lots more positions to suit the terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMJS View Post
    wouldn't the flat bar bikes have an advantage??
    Maybe as a warning to others who race cross.

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    It really depends on the course.

    On a technical course a flat-bar bike could be a definite advantate. It also depends on the rider as well.

    After today's race (lots of slippery off-camber and rooted sections), I am very seriously considering building one.

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    coming from mountain biking, at least back when i was 16, i tried CX once with drop bars and thought it was ridiculous. It was hard to hang on tight enough while on the brakes.

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    then again, they do have clamp on drops for the flat bars.
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    I think you could go either way. I spend most of my time in the drops for better control and I would get that same thing with flat bars. Only disadvantage would be more wind resistance, but my cross races are pretty slow paced - at least for me!!

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    On some tracks it makes a huge difference

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    Bianchi now offers a flat bar version of their San Jose. The spec is wrong! It wouldn't have cost that much more to spec with an Albatross bar. If they're going offer a flat bar, a straight bar isn't the way to go.

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