Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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Smart-***** answer: Unless they've risen with the value of the Loonie, last I checked there aren't any mountains in TO. Plenty of roads though. So why would you need an MTB?
Serious answer: For those of us who prefer road bikes to MTBs, I think CX bikes are just about perfect for urban commute duty and foul weather. It's hard for me to explain, but the fairly minor geometry changes are just enough to make me pick my CX bike over my roadie for around town. I like the handling better in traffic and the extra cm or two of front-end height helps too. I still prefer my roadie for open road riding, BTW, but if I could have only one bike, a CX bike would be it.
Three or four other roadies I ride with have come to the same conclusion, and have switched from MTB to CX for their commute rigs. Specialized Tricross seems to be most popular on this side of the lake, closely followed by the LeMond and Trek offerings.
I like the flexibility in tire choices CX bikes provide. I run 28mm road tires in the good weather, switching to 35mm studded snows for below freezing. I keep a set of CX tires around for occasional off-road forays and in-between days like today, where we're supposed to get snow, but the temps should stay above freezing. The CX tires are only a 50 grams more than my road tires, but only 40% of the weight of the snows.