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Cyclocross or Flatbar bike - looking for something different for road and trails.

Old 12-27-14, 10:17 AM
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I prefer a CX bike for many off road uses and crappy road conditions.
I ride a Redline, and have for several decades.
You can tailor the tires for the roads/conditions.
Variety of hand positions and the brake levers on the flats are nice.
I add full fenders to mine as I ride mainly on roads or unpaved roads and don't like getting crap all over me...also protects the bike.
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Old 12-27-14, 02:11 PM
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I went to Stillwell park today and this was mountain bike only. The "easy" path was not back but you really needed to have a front suspension and the controls at your finger tips. I then took the intermediate trail and there was a number of technical climbs and descents including rocks, gravel, down trees and "steps". I few of then I decided to walk since I still have a lot to learn. I then went back to Bethpage park and did a loop. The trails there are all well worn and a rigid fork is not a problem.

For now i'll use my son's bike and think which way i'll go.

If i'm going to drive to the trails, I might as well get a MTB.
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Old 12-27-14, 02:34 PM
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I think I like the flat bar for handling in the tight twists vs the drop road bars.
that makes a Hybrid the choice , same wheel type 700-32+ish . now decide Suspension fork or Not.
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Cyclocross

I take the cyclocross bike all the way, more hand positions, I think they handle every bit as good as a mountain bike if not better have you seen the tight technical courses they ride I have seen riders in the drops and on the hoods thru very technical turns. Better for the road slap road tires on you can ride just like a road bike, lighter weight, more versatile all the way around. MHO
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The LBS where i'm getting my Emonda suggested a Trek 8.5 DS. It's a "hybrid" that leans toward the MTB. It has a front suspension and 700cx38 tires. It can take narrower tires and the frame can handle 29 wheels.

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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
The LBS where i'm getting my Emonda suggested a Trek 8.5 DS. It's a "hybrid" that leans toward the MTB. It has a front suspension and 700cx38 tires. It can take narrower tires and the frame can handle 29 wheels.


I dunno if I would go for that. I think it's more of a pig than your son's bike, weight-wise.
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Consider an "adventure, touring, gravel" bike like the Salsa Vaya. I find the bars very comfortable and the 40mm tires forgiving. The geometry feels good on the road and off.
I don't normally care for drop bars but these ones are great. It took a while to get used to the bars on single track but riding on the horns seems to be the best in rougher conditions.

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As usual virtually all the advice, including mine, is subjective, based on our individual preferences/prejudices.

You know where you will be riding. Go with your gut feeling - you will not go wrong.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I dunno if I would go for that. I think it's more of a pig than your son's bike, weight-wise.
It's about the same weight. I would hope the 38mm vs the 50mm on the MTB would be easier on the road. The LBS offered to let me take one for a extended ride, but I took a rain check. I think they'd be pissed if I took it to the trails and brought it back muddy.
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