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Buying 1st cyclocross bike

Old 12-11-16, 06:33 AM
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Buying 1st cyclocross bike

I'm looking at buying a cyclocross bike on the cheap. I looked at bikesdirect and I have no idea what the difference between their good, better, and best bikes are. I have a friend that will help me assemble the bike. This is a little background of what I am looking for:

I am a beginning rider, I want a bike that has drop down bars but I can use on crushed stone trails. I plan on taking the bike for 15-30 mile rides a couple of times a week but planning on a few long rides including a 4 day trip where I want to put on around 75 miles a day this summer. I was hoping to cap the budget at $1000 or less, preferably less. I don't intend on racing or care about trying to maximize wind resistance or the sort. I typically ride alone for fitness.

Any help or recommendations would be appreciated.
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Try putting the cyclocross bike question in the Recreational Cyclocross and Gravel Biking forum, probably give you more input to go with the suggestions you'll get here. Best of luck on making your choice.

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You can get a great bike for under $1000. I admittedly know nothing about cross bikes but I'm sure that's the case.

You're welcome for all the help.

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Difference is in the cost of all the parts used to make it into a bike.

know what size is right for you? are you already a mechanic with skills?

Answer No? , I'd go to a Professional Bike Shop for bike 1.. to not get the wrong size, and have you putting it together wrong, it will be less safe..

Learn that background, then maybe you can be more self reliant.

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From your post, it sounds like you'd be better served with a gravel grinder/all-road type bike, as opposed to racier cyclocross geometry

Something like this Mongoose from Nashbar ($630 today, 2x10 drive train, clearance for 40c tires) would fit the bill nicely
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From your post, it sounds like you'd be better served with a gravel grinder/all-road type bike, as opposed to racier cyclocross geometry
Absolutely. A cyclocross bike is a racing bike, period, designed to excel at cyclocross racing. This means it will present challenges for people looking for a compromise bike. (Cyclocross bikes will have racier geometry, and higher bottom bracket, generally 1x gearing, one-to-none bottle cage mounts ... None of these helpful on a 75-mile ride where you will probably want to bring a little gear.)

I am pretty well sold on Nashbar bikes because they have an excellent, no-hassles, no-questions return policy, so if you mess up ... wrong size, wrong bike, whatever ... they will take it back for a minimal restocking fee.

Also, as far as I can tell the bikes are well-made, just a few years' old technology---in other words, perfect for most general riders who don't plan to seriously race and don't want to spend the price of a small car on a bike.

Gravel bikes seem to be the style which best fits your needs.

EDIT: That Mongoose has Tiagra and Sora, which I can attest are reliable, and lugs for a rear rack. I have Alex wheels on my Raleigh--they aren't light, but they have held up well once trued the first time. The tapered headset should provide a marginal increase in strength, and the carbon fork should help a little with bumps. On the whole it looks like a decent bike and for sub-$700, I'd jump on it.

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Most cross bikes these days have bottle cages, there may be some high end CX bikes that don't, but most do.

Cross bike geometry is fairly middle of the road and works well for touring. Even "race" bikes are typically mild and don't have geometry that is inconsistent with touring and goofing around.

I like the options from Soma and Surly, typically a bit more than your budget, but you can find some good deals, like this:

Soma Double Cross Complete Bike - Claris/Sugino Build

Apparently Walmart has Soma now, who would have guessed, this is a good deal:


A lot of the newer steel CX bikes also have rack / fender mounts. I'd find a frame that has two eyelets on the fork and two on the rear dropout, makes it easier to do racks AND fenders, although with some creativity, you can do both if the frame only has one set of eyelets front and rear.
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But a Lot of stuff is Marketed as a "Cross Bike" Is really not much different than a Hybrid Built up with Drop bars From the Get Go ..

Touring bike but a little shorter and a skosh lighter but still has rack & Mudguard mounts to use as a Commuter, or 'what have You'..

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