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Old 08-07-15, 09:26 PM
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Best Cyclocross for commuting on a $1200 budget.

I am not sure where to start on selecting a bike. I want it primarily for commuting but also want a good bike for long weekend rides and even some road races and light touring. I have been looking at cyclocross bikes because of their versitility. Does anyone have any recommendations? I was almost sold on the Trek Cross rip but saw some reviews that there are better bikes for the money. Thoughts?
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I've been extremely happy with my Cannondale CAADX - it is comfortable, fast, and solid. I use it for commuting, gravel grinding and general road riding. I just changed the tires ti something more amenable to the pavement (Clement Xplor USH).
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Are you 100% deadset on a cyclocross bike, with proper cyclo geos and looks? Because if not I'd look for an REI coupon and get a Novara Mazama. It's very solid specs-wise, especially the TRP Spyre brakes and versatile gearing range, and it can tick a lot of boxes people usually look to things like Cross Checks, Double Crosses, Wolverines, etc. for.

Just my two cents, and REI is an easy company to deal with returns-wise in my experience.

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Consider disk brakes, chainstay-located, on a frame with rack/fender eyelets
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Originally Posted by jcaugie31
I am not sure where to start on selecting a bike. I want it primarily for commuting but also want a good bike for long weekend rides and even some road races and light touring. I have been looking at cyclocross bikes because of their versitility. Does anyone have any recommendations? I was almost sold on the Trek Cross rip but saw some reviews that there are better bikes for the money. Thoughts?
My understanding is that cyclocross bikes as a category are defined by large main triangles, since cyclocross requires shouldering your bike for part of the race course, narrow middle range gearing, knobby tires and cantilever or disc brakes.



Trek considers their Boone and Crockett models to be their Cyclocross bikes, while the Crossrips, despite the name, are considered their Fitness bikes, same family as their FX series.

So really, what you want is a good all around bike for commuting under $1200, not a cyclocross bike per se, right?

Phrasing it like that might avoid some confusion if people try to recommend bikes that can actually race cyclocross for you.
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Few folks want to race CX.

Most people just want to hit the trails for fun.

Gravel road/adventure bikes have a more relaxed geometry than CX bikes and they come with braze-ons to mount fenders and racks.

The former have exploded in popularity, for good reason.
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