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Old 10-25-16, 11:07 AM
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Buy CX Specific Bike

Quick background I'm 59 started riding again 3 years ago, about 2500-3000 miles a year, started racing cyclocross last year, my ride is a stock steel cyclocross bike from Nashbar with Shimano 105 groupset all stock. I am slow but love the sport, competition, the CX community and want to be faster. I do train for CX and for the fast men and ladies here I manage to stay out of the way of the faster people in my group, cat 5 obviously.

I have a chance to get a good/excellent correctly sized CX bike with a fixed 40T up front, SRAM Rival gears and carbon frame CX specific bike, hydraulic discs at a good price 30% off.

What do you think? Is it worth getting a CX specific bike with the above grouping with my ability age. The LBS selling it did let me take it out and practice on a course with them for an hour and a half(its a demo model only ridden by one other person) and even though most of them were Cat 1-3 racers it was very nice.

Not really looking for opinions on brands (know that we all have our favorites) just pros and cons from CX racers as to the benefits of getting specific bike like this as I am not sure if its worth the 2K for something that has a more or less specific use.

Thanks for reading my rambling and appreciate any comments or advise.
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Tubies or clinchers?

Tubies are (supposedly) faster, but clinchers you can fix flats and change tires for conditions (think deep muck vs hard dirt + grass).

If money is limited, perhaps a coach, LT testing, a trainer with metrics, some online services (zwift, et al) and a season of structured training might make you much faster than the bike will.

My opinion: If you have the money to do both, then get the better bike. Your old bike can be a B bike for pit changes.

But if you don't, and you really do want to enjoy getting faster, perhaps the training investment has a better payoff.
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I'm your age and just bought a CX bike myself. I don't race or anything but do enjoy getting out on all types of roads/paths/single track etc and these CX bikes can do it all. I'd say, if you can afford it why not? I love my bike due to it being very comfortable and a heck of a lot of fun. That alone is worth it to me. For you, racing it is a bonus to getting a new bike... :-)
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Sure. Get a new bike.
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is the steel cx bike canti or disc? I hate shouldering my steel gravel bike, so that might be a reason to upgrade. I have a CX specific bike and a steel gravel/cross bike, not because I necessarily need a separate bike but because the CX bike need cleaning/maintenance after every practice and race
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Same situation here. 52 yo. and been racing cross a few years. I just upgraded to a Spesh Crux Expert. Wow! What a difference from my old rig. Not a whole lot faster but a much smoother ride and 1x drivetrain is much better. Love the hydro disc brakes too. Fun factor just went way up.

For me the upgrade was worth every penny.
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Gentlemen Thank You, as was mentioned by all I guess its not the speed I was looking for but better ability to shoulder, better brakes especially in the wet and just better ride overall.

1242 Vintage that's the bike I am most likely purchasing.
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