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Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 08-08-06, 03:17 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a new bike

I posted this on the road riding page and thought I might get more response here:

I am seriously considering placing my old Bianchi in semi-retirement and replacing it with a new machine. Most of my riding is on the road but I like the sturdiness and general utility of cyclocross bikes. I have been looking mostly at three different bikes: the Surly Cross-Check, the Kona Jake the Snake and the Trek XO as possible candidates.

I would be interested in the views of any one who owns any one of these bikes. Opinions about similar machines is welcome as well. Right now, I am leaning heavily toward the Cross Check as I am a big fan of steel frames and bar con shifters.
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I test road a Felt and the Specialized- ended up ordering the '07 Tricross. I'm not used to the ride of a road bike coming from a mountain bike so the plusher ride of the Specialized was very welcome.
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