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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 01-08-11, 03:02 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-08-11, 04:39 PM   #2
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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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Old 01-08-11, 08:29 PM   #3
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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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Old 01-08-11, 08:35 PM   #4
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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?

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Old 01-08-11, 10:42 PM   #5
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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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