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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 10-03-11, 07:20 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 10-03-11, 05:29 PM   #2
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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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Old 10-13-11, 12:14 PM   #5
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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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