Old 07-10-18, 02:48 PM
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Bikes: too many of all kinds

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Originally Posted by RJM View Post
So, I've been checking out the differences lately and think you have pretty much hit the nail on the head with your description. Although, with Kona who changed their cross lineup to be slacker, longer, lower this past year the lines are truly blurring. My own Kona Jake the Snake which is only a few years old but still not the newer geometry gets a little squirrelly when getting fast on steep descents. It's hella fun on a cross course though.

I kinda like how a cross bike can be a blast to ride in a grassy city park set up to be a race course and on some single track mtb trails where the quick handling really comes into its own...and no pedal strikes.
True - some cross bikes are becoming more gravel like - with more gravel like geometry and the ability to carry 40c tires. Shoot, just a few years ago the original gravel bikes were designed for 35c tires max. Some newer cross and gravel bikes are even using a mountain bike like "forward geometry" (long top tube with shorter stem) which apparently helps with the stability and really helps on smaller frame sizes (below 54m)
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