Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

Advice on Cross bike model to choose.

Notices
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 : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Advice on Cross bike model to choose.

Old 05-29-14, 08:04 AM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Advice on Cross bike model to choose.

Hello.

Im trying to help my father buy a new bike, and looking for any advice i can pass on to him, so he can get the propper bike. I know my roadbikes, but i have no expirence with Crossbikes or suspension systems, so need all the help i can get.

The bike we are looking for is to be used for cycling year round, on dirtroads and forest trails. Its not ment for propper offroad or gravelbiking.
My father is 185cm high and weight around 140 kg. so the cycle must be strong enough to hold his weight and dont break down under it.
Budget we are looking to spend is around 1500 USD.

Key words in this search are.
- Comford
- Durability
- Easy to maintain.

I had a look at the models mainly couse i can get em at local dealers.
- Merida Crossway 300.
- Specialized Crosstrail
- Specialized Crossover

Any advice would be helpfull.
Modelo is offline  
Old 05-29-14, 07:53 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Colorado Front Range
Posts: 116

Bikes: Giant Anyroad

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Are you looking at new?

i started my search at the local bike shop. Small town one man business. Learned a lot but not a lot of inventory. I went to two more shops with more inventory to jump on and try. Found what I liked and then I went back to the LBS and told him about what I had zero'd in on. This was much different than when I first left his store. He ordered in a bike to try comparable to what I liked at the previous store and I bought it.

Good luck!
TinkerinWstuff is offline  
Old 05-30-14, 04:33 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 948
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 287 Post(s)
Liked 265 Times in 129 Posts
Originally Posted by Modelo
Hello.

Im trying to help my father buy a new bike, and looking for any advice i can pass on to him, so he can get the propper bike. I know my roadbikes, but i have no expirence with Crossbikes or suspension systems, so need all the help i can get.

The bike we are looking for is to be used for cycling year round, on dirtroads and forest trails. Its not ment for propper offroad or gravelbiking.
My father is 185cm high and weight around 140 kg. so the cycle must be strong enough to hold his weight and dont break down under it.
Budget we are looking to spend is around 1500 USD.

Key words in this search are.
- Comford
- Durability
- Easy to maintain.

I had a look at the models mainly couse i can get em at local dealers.
- Merida Crossway 300.
- Specialized Crosstrail
- Specialized Crossover

Any advice would be helpfull.
When you say not meant for proper off road or gravel biking, I'm assuming you mean he won't be using it on single track mountain bike trails (got it), but I wouldn't be surprised if he rides it on a gravel road. That being said, dirt roads and forest trails are harder on a bike than most gravel roads, so I would say a bike for everything for technical trails (and I guess, paved roads...though I'm guessing he may be on them now and then).

Can you extend your range of dealers to see if you can find other brands: Surly, Salsa, Kona (all three make great bikes for this type of riding), and there are many others. He may not need a cross bike per say, but more of a road bike that is beefy, with ample clearance for wider tires, so that he can enjoy the dirtier stuff.
Noonievut is offline  
Old 05-30-14, 02:51 PM
  #4  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,598

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,357 Times in 863 Posts
What can you walk into your favorite Bike Shop and test ride? do that first .

I think Merida is also making the bikes sold as Specialized. Contract Manufacturing..

Taiwan is the Bike maker to the world.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 05-30-14, 03:59 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,737
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Bianchi San Jose.

I miss mine. Fantastic single speed CX bike. Light and fast.
NormanF is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Journey20
General Cycling Discussion
14
06-21-19 03:26 AM
m2244
General Cycling Discussion
49
12-16-18 10:12 PM
Effex
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
10
04-22-15 09:14 AM
Zadok
Road Cycling
15
11-01-10 11:16 AM
NathanL
Road Cycling
2
06-22-10 08:46 PM

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
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.