I had an awesome day trying out my first cyclocross bike. I'm very pleased with my decision to go this route over a hybrid. I did a 50mile road ride a few days ago and today I took off the slicks and put on a set of Kenda Quickers. I road a gravel road that branches off into endless logging roads. Most were rocks and packed dirt with gravel also. I rode through a few creeks and even down a creek bed to avoid a washed out road.
The tires performed very well. They had plenty of traction on some big gravel hills but were smooth enough with good speed on the hard packed stuff and pavement. The bike performed well. It is a Jamis a Nova Sport with nothing done to it other than a different saddle. I'm pleased with my purchase and can't wait to explore some more tomorrow. I'm off all week and will be putting a lot of time in on the bike. Here are a few pics from my ride.