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    Cross bike setup - specifically saddle height

    This weekend is my first cross race and I'm trying to nail down the setup of my bike. Right now I have it so my saddle height and reach is identical to my road bike. However I've read that one typically runs about 1 cm lower saddle height to help with mounts/dismounts.

    Thoughts?

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    One of the better writeups for CX positioning written by an experienced racer is here;
    http://www.cycle-smart.com/articles/...clo-cross-bike

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    Great article above, I found that 5mm works best for me - not so much for mounts and dismounts but for absorbing the various terrain. Being your first cross race, a 1cm saddle difference will be the least of your concerns. Lower the seat slightly and go out and have fun. After a few races, you'll know better if you need to raise or lower your seat.

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    Another good arcticle I found covering CX positioning and equipment choice is;
    http://www.madcross.org/JPE_Cyclocross_Bike_Tips.pdf

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    Simon Burney's Cyclocross book is in it's third edition..
    he has coached the top UK racers for years,
    so includes physical training exercises for the Racer fitness, too..

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