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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 10-21-11, 11:03 AM   #1
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Do I need a Monster-cross bike?

So tempting;



and so cheap!

...but a already have a CX bike that can take 700x42 in the front and 700x38 in the rear.

Should I get a Zilla for winter/gravel/utility and continue to baby my CX bike? Of should I put bigger tires on the existing bike and ride her as god intended.
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Old 10-21-11, 11:11 AM   #2
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Since you have actual winter there, it might be a good fit for you. I had a 29er that I converted to monster-cross mode, and it was fun to ride but just not nearly as much fun as my CX bikes, so I eventually stopped riding it. Mine was heavy (~35 pounds). That one may not be so bad.
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Since you have actual winter there, it might be a good fit for you. I had a 29er that I converted to monster-cross mode, and it was fun to ride but just not nearly as much fun as my CX bikes, so I eventually stopped riding it. Mine was heavy (~35 pounds). That one may not be so bad.
I'm really impressed by the Zilla.

My Soma is ideal on the road, but will begin to show some rust if I use it on salty roads this winter. Installing studded tires and fenders on the Soma will be a tight fit and the gearing will be too tall for bigger tires and the slower speeds of winter.

For the price a nice frame, I could preserve the Soma as a mild-weather rain/trekking/light-touring bike for many years.
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Old 10-22-11, 12:11 AM   #4
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You're certainly suffering from N+1 syndrome. Sorry, but there is no known cure.
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Everyone needs one harmless addiction.
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There's no cure for N+1, but it can be treated. Buying a new bike usually relieves the symptoms for several weeks.
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The TEKTRO LYRA disc brakes get poor reviews. Replacing with Avid BB7's will push the price up... :-(
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