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    Using a rigid MTB as a 'cross bike...

    OK, first things first, I've never done any cyclocross, but I'd describe myself as reasonably capable on an MTB. I've been thinking about getting into 'cross racing, but I don't really want to spend money on a proper 'cross bike at this stage, as I'd have no other use for the bike if it didn't work out. I figured I'd ask you guys, what would you say to using an old rigid Saracen MTB for my first few races, just to get a feel for the sport and see if it's my sort of thing?

    Thanks in advance...

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    Would work fine. If you like it, you can always pick up lightly used cross bikes cheap. They don't have as good a resell value as road bikes so you can usually get a great deal on them off-season.
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    horribleeeee photo, but I took an old 90s Trek Mountain Track 800 from a neighbor, painted it the black I wanted with decals, and then put some drops and STI's on it. I honestly dont think I will actually upgrade to an actual CX bike for quite a while. With some upgrades, I plan on getting this down to around 22 lbs....from about 35. Nashbar even has a carbon mtb fork. Plus it's steel so it's a smooooth ride. I say stick with yours for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airburst View Post
    OK, first things first, I've never done any cyclocross, but I'd describe myself as reasonably capable on an MTB. I've been thinking about getting into 'cross racing, but I don't really want to spend money on a proper 'cross bike at this stage, as I'd have no other use for the bike if it didn't work out. I figured I'd ask you guys, what would you say to using an old rigid Saracen MTB for my first few races, just to get a feel for the sport and see if it's my sort of thing?

    Thanks in advance...
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    heck yeah, i saw plenty of new and quite old school mtbikes this season...and old Giant ATX did pretty good i remember. and you could sort of monstercross it a bit and throw drops on it eventually. just get out there and get a feel for what it is and soon, what you think you need to change/modify will rear it's rabid head
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    Schwalbe has skinny 1.35" knobbies. I often think about one of these in back and 1.95 in front as being a good setup, but never tried it.
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    I'd like to try it some day with my SS 29er. I'd swap a few parts to get it race-ready.


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