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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 10-13-04, 10:52 AM   #1
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Cyclocross bike questions

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Can someone explain to me the difference between a cyclocross bike and a roadie? At first glance the cyclocross looks "beefier."

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Old 10-13-04, 11:20 AM   #2
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cyclocross bikes generally have a slightly higher bottom bracket, slacker geometry, slightly shorter top tube, cantilever brakes, sometimes beefier frameset, and clearance for tires up to 35's or so.
oh...they're also just cooler...
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You can make a cross bike pretty mean looking with some big, beefy tires, linear pull brakes, and a big 'ole carbon or steel fork... In my experience, most cross bikes have a little bit longer top tube (effective top tube length in a sloping TT design...) for a given size. Somewhere between a road bike and a touring bike.
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