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Old 11-06-04, 09:11 PM
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i have an 2005 axis and man i'll bet it becomes your favorite ride. i've used mine on single tracks and fire roads but watch the drop offs, not sure about the 04 but my 05 has a 16 spoke front rim. anyway congrats on joining the club.crossers are the best do all bikes around.
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Old 11-08-04, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
I just stopped by the shop where I help out. I walked in and saw her. A Bianchi Axis.
Ms. Bianchi gives me wood. Oh wait, she's a bike not a babe. Oh well, I'd still hit it.
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Old 11-08-04, 01:39 AM
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Bianchi makes some beautiful bikes, that's for sure.
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Old 11-08-04, 08:26 AM
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Congrats vic on the new bike! looks sweet!

I am a traitor as well got a road bike recently
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Old 11-08-04, 09:03 AM
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I'm convinced that if you love cycling, and don't live near any trails, then its okay to get a road bike, just for the sake of riding. I use a singlespeed road bike, because I am just that cool . Climbing with it is fun, and beefs up my legs for the trails.
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Old 11-08-04, 09:04 AM
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Ok fellas, someone tell me. What exactly is the appeal of the cyclocross bikes for offroad? I can understand a road bike with a little more beef to it for the bigger guys out there, but why take those onto the trails when you have a mountain bike? Remember, curiosity killed the cat, not the squirrel.
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Old 11-08-04, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by hooligan
Whats the diff between a CX and a Road. I can see something different but I can't put my finger on it.

I suppose their frames are pretty strong.
A classical cyclocross bike looks very much like a road bike, but there are significant differences between the two. The rear triangle and fork have more clearance to allow for wider tires, and to help reduce mud buildup. 'Cross tires are wider than road tires, though the tyres a rider chooses will depend on the course and how wet, muddy or sandy it is. 25-35mm is more or less the common width range, still less than the 1.5in that's a common minimum for mountain bike knobbies, and have small knobs.

'Cross bikes have cantilever brakes for mud clearance and control in messy conditions. The handlebars are road-style drops * it's arguable whether these affect control one way or another, but they reflect the sport's origins as off-season training for road racers as much as anything else. Historically the gear shifters were fitted to the end of the handlebars and known as 'bar-cons', but STI and Ergo have become popular recently. They're significantly more expensive and somewhat heavier, though, and purists claim they're not as mud-proof or crash-resistant.

Cross bikes are usually somewhere in weight between a road bike and a light XC mountain bike * they need to be as light as possible because of the significant amount of lifting and carrying of the bike that is required over the course. Front shocks are very rare, since most courses have very little in the way of rocky or rooty sections, and they would add too much weight. Often the brake levers are set up opposite from road bikes, so that the left lever controls the rear brake. This is to allow for better speed modulation during a dismount, where the racer is still moving quickly, has already swung their right leg over the bike and only has their left shoe clipped into the pedal and has their right hand on the top tube (or down tube) ready to lift the bike. Using the left hand to brake the rear wheel allows for a smooth deceleration without the risk of locking the front wheel or making the rear wheel pop up.

It's not uncommon to see a 'cross bike with only have one chainring, sometimes sandwiched between "rock rings". This allows for shorter chains, and therefore less chance of the chain bouncing off, as well as reduced weight from the elimination of the front derailleur and shifter. Pedals are often double-sided clipless SPD style, used with off-road shoes that sometimes have spikes or knobs under the toes to improve traction in slippery running conditions.


I have been trying to figure out what Cyclocross is for a long time. My best answer right now is "carrying your bike a lot!!""
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Old 11-08-04, 09:19 AM
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To me a cyclocross bike is a true hybrid. It's a road bike that can be ridden off-road. It's a thrill type thing. When you ride the same trail as your mountain bike, on a narrow tired bike it's a completely new experience. Plus your body position is different.

The road bike roots provide decent speed when traveling on the road, yet the knobbies provide confidence if you see a trail and want to hit it.

It's a versatility thing. My road bike is fast on the pavement, but too fragile for off-road. My mountain bike is incredible, but is a slow pig-dog on the road. The cyclocross is a fast bike on-road that can handle some sweet singletrack.
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Old 11-08-04, 10:34 AM
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for me cross bikes keep it real. i find mountain biking has turned into something else. call me a luddite or retro or whatever but to me full susser mtn bikes today have more in common with motocross than cycling. some of these rigs look like a honda 250 w/out the motor.
on a cross bike i still feel like it's the riders skill that gets you up and down rather than motorcycle technology.
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Old 11-08-04, 11:12 AM
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cx bikes also have lower gear ratios, sometimes disc brakes and all that madman2k said.
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Old 11-08-04, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
for me cross bikes keep it real. i find mountain biking has turned into something else. call me a luddite or retro or whatever but to me full susser mtn bikes today have more in common with motocross than cycling. some of these rigs look like a honda 250 w/out the motor.
on a cross bike i still feel like it's the riders skill that gets you up and down rather than motorcycle technology.
Agree completely. And they are used like that too. No keepign the rubber side down as it were.
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Old 11-08-04, 11:55 AM
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I picked up a CX bike this year too, a 2005 Kona Jake the Snake. So far I'm loving it, fast on the pavement (from someone who has never ridden a real road bike), fun on the easy trails, and great at CX events... which was some of the hardest racing I've ever done! The only thing changed thus far is I've removed the dork disk and the extra brake levers, will pick up a set of slicks to put some more road miles on next summer. Might have to pick up a new set of peddles, stock 505's blow, and the cheapo headsets Kona specs on their bikes are pathetic, might replace that too next year.

I've heard a lot about people riding their CX bikes on techy trails... maybe I just suck but I couldn't imagine riding my CX down some of the steep twisty log hopping singletrack I ride. (Note to Maelstrom: we do have valleys in Sask!)

Here's some pics... don't mind the dorky guy who somehow made it into all of them!

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Old 11-08-04, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by KrisA
(Note to Maelstrom: we do have valleys in Sask!)

No fair bringing in other comments from other threads. I was trying to troll there not here....sheesh ...

I know...you guys have nice flowing hills and the kind of thing. I couldn't imagine actual FLAT land that stretches across a provine. Imagine the water problems haha
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Old 11-08-04, 12:03 PM
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That's what I liked (sold it recently) about mine--it was simple, agile, and demanded some skill--you couldn't just bounce over everything! I guess I'm a bit of a retro-grouch too--a lot of bikes just seem like a motorcycle without the motor.

Anyway, I just put a deposit down on a steel hardtail! Can't wait!

PS--I LOVED my cross bike, I ended doing all my riding off-road, and the terrain out here was starting to take its toll.
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