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    I originally posted this in the MTB forum but started getting recommendations for a cyclocross bike so I also am posting here. I was thinking I was in the market for a lighter mountain bike and some suggested i look at a cyclocross.


    My major area of interest with riding right now, is still to ride in the boonies. I like to go where they aren't. If you know what i mean. I basically do a couple different rides on a normal daily basis.

    Country/City

    About 7 miles of rock roads, 4 miles of gravel bike path, 1 miles of grass path, 10 miles of pavement. I normally end up riding this route on weekdays because it is a faster ride and gets me to home, showered and to work on time. (sort of )

    Country/Country

    4 miles pavement. 6 miles unmaintained dirt/mud, 16 miles of rock.

    Country/Country 2

    30 miles of dirt and gravel with virtually no pavement.


    These are all general guidelines for how i ride. Obviously it varies, but i wanted to describe my riding to see if a cyclocross bike really fits my needs. Maybe the more i look into this, the more i need two different types of bikes?

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    Yeah, I think you might like a cross bike. I'm a red blooded mountain biker, but I'm liking my 'cross machine. A lot.

    I took my CX on some technical, steep rooted singletrack that I usually ride my MTB on. I could basicly ride it all without too much difficulty. You do have to be a little more careful about where you put the rubber than on a MTB, but it is not nearly as bad as I expected. When the trail smooths out, you will walk away from a hardtail MTB. It is really fun too.

    When the trail turns into pavement-then things really start moving fast. It will *dust* a MTB on the road. No comparison. Like a sports car vs. a dumptruck.

    Take one for a test ride and see what you think.

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    The question is, do you only want one cross bike

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    Yes you do wan't a cx!
    My english is so bad so i only say that i ride my kona jake the snake everywhere.
    MTB is boring on the road and the roadbike is useless in the woods...

    CX rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Z.
    Yes you do wan't a cx!
    My english is so bad so i only say that i ride my kona jake the snake everywhere.
    MTB is boring on the road and the roadbike is useless in the woods...

    CX rules.
    Yes, CX bikes are a true"do it all" bike more so than any other type. I see the
    value in them that I'm converting one of my road bikes into a light duty CX bike
    for gravel trail riding.

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    Last weekend I did a 100km challange ride (60km road, 40km off-road) on my cyclo-cross bike, whilst the majority of people were using MTB's. The only area where I was slow was on the descents.

    Details of the event can be found here http://www.cc-cc.co.uk/hotnc.asp
    Prerace, I use a misplaced faith in my innate ability, with a dose of needless optimism. For recovery, I use self-delusional techniques.

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