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Old 11-01-10, 05:24 PM
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Roadie with a tip on a bombproof cross bike for mountain riding...

A guy at my LBS who is a mtn cat 2 and races pretty frequently tells me that the Felt Breed is f'in bombproof and can handle just about anything on a typical mountain race course (other than multiple foot drops or ridiculous jumps, but that's not my cuppa).

Can anyone here verify this or offer other suggestions? I'm not of budget to get my new roadie AND my cross bike AND my hardtail all at once, so a cross that can take some REAL abuse would be seriously valuable. I'd like to do cross and a few mountain races next year (or this year, if I get my ducks in a row). Any guys happen to do both?

BTW, I prefer SS for riding in the dirt...so the more of those, the better.
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I am amazed at what the CX bikes are capable of. I find my security in big fat tires. Felt makes good products, but have never ridden CX bikes, they scare me.
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is CX pretty much really fast mtbing?
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Originally Posted by Johnny Law
is CX pretty much really fast mtbing?
No - it's really slow road riding on rough, slimy, dirty surfaces. (and the occasional dismount)
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Originally Posted by sscyco
No - it's really slow road riding on rough, slimy, dirty surfaces. (and the occasional dismount)
That's actually a pretty good interpretation.
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i guess it wouldn't make sense to use a mountain bike for cx is because somewhere while you're racing you gotta pick the bike up and carry it on your shoulder(s)?
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Get the hardtail first and race CX with it. Lock out the fork and just ride it.
Find out if you like it.
Then decide if you want a road bike or CX next. Unless you race road, the CX will do both just fine with a quick tire change.
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the breed is sick. Just ride.
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I carry my mountain bikes from time to time. Sometimes I make better time climbing a tight series of switchbacks. It also makes for a better workout. My heaviest bike is 31 pounds, lightest is 25. I like a Mountain bike because the whole world is open to you. You can put slicks on it and "almost have a CX bike." I recently rode a Century and saw a number of MTBs with slicks. They were just casual riders, but they enjoyed the experience.
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To the OP, get a 29er MTB and mount cross tires on the MTB wheels...DONE!
Specialized and some others also have eyelets to be run SS or geared, very versitile. Happy hunting!
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