Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-15-04, 11:37 AM   #1
Sarcastic Member
Thread Starter
Urbanmonk's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 482
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Difference: cyclocross and touring bike geo.

Can anyone tell me if there is a great difference in the "geometry" in a cyclocross bike and a touring bike? Can a cross be used as a touring/road/cyclocross? Any suggestions on make? I apologize for the closely repeated question. Looking for best bang for the buck.

Urbanmonk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-04, 01:03 PM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '97 Gary Fischer XC hardtail, '98 Bianchi Campione, '02 Ellsworth Specialist, '01 Brisa B20, old Trek 2000 stripped down and single speeded, '70 Huffy tandem
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The first thing that comes to my mind is that touring bikes have long chainstays so that you don't hit your heels on the panniers, and therefore sluggish handling.
dcfordo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-04, 02:58 PM   #3
roadfix's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 18,593
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
A CX bike would make a decent tourer but a touring bike would be lousy as a CX bike.
roadfix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-04, 02:44 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Posts: 12,954
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
People do race CX using stripped down tourers. Whilst specialist expedition bikes may be a bit sluggish when unladen, a typical club touring bike works just fine. I do a lot of off road riding on mine.
The main difference for off-road riding is the bottom bracket hight. CX are high for clearance, touring are low for stability.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-04, 03:57 AM   #5
Senior Member
late's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 8,493
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4769 Post(s)
yes. If you don't need a third ring, a cross bike makes a dandy all rounder.
My experience with cross bikes is very limited, but I have tried a Kona Jake the Snake, and it's a very nice bike. I recently became a big fan of Gunnar, but the frame with a decent paint job costs as much as the Jake.
late is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-04, 12:15 PM   #6
Tiocfáidh ár Lá
jfmckenna's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The edge of b#
Bikes: A whole bunch-a bikes.
Posts: 5,442
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 165 Post(s)
I use an old Nashbar touring bike for cross racing and it works just fine for me. Note though I don't have anything to compare it to however, I have'nt raced on anything else. It is a large 62cm steel frame so it's got a bit of weight. I took the old down tube shifters off and put a barcon for the rear and a single speed 42 up front. It used to have a triple so I just removed the inner and outter rings and replaced the mounting bolts. I dropped the front derailure down low over the ring to keep the chain on. Also the bike already had center pull brakes. Please don't think I have a big head saying this but just last week end I won 1st place in the Mens C Winter Cup cyclocross series in North Carolina on this bike so yes a touring bike will work I suppose at least on a beginners level. The good thing about this bike is that in the summer all I have to do is put all that stuff on again and she's ready to hit the road fully loaded. Makes a great commuter as well. I have heard you can go the other way w/ a cross bike but a fully loaded bike at least here in the mountains of virginia really needs the triple. So a cross bike I suspect would need a triple conversion as well as the proper braze ons for racks.
jfmckenna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-04, 08:50 PM   #7
Miyataphile's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Morontown, USA
Bikes: Why do you care, fool
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nashbar Lovin'

I love old Nashbar tourer. I use to know a fella with a Nashbar 5000 tourer. Very beatiful bike. Not too shabby with the Tange 2 action tubing. Had all the necessary mounts for racks and plenty of tire clearance. He upgraded it with a Columbus chrome fork from a destroyed Bottechia frame that he ruined from one of his buddies!!!

Well, I agree with most of the posters here, touring bikes makes OK to good cross bikes while Crossbikes make good sport touring bike, but poor loaded touring bikes.
Miyataphile is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:33 PM.

  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.