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Old 01-02-06, 12:16 PM   #1
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I know that the shorter chainstay length could be a problem with panniers, but what about using a cyclocross with a bob trailer ? Is stability an issue ? Seems like a good bike to consider for paved/dirt touring rather than a dedicated touring bike.
For pulling a trailer is the LHT noticably superior to the Cross check or
Kona Sutra really that much better than Jake the snake ?
Cyclocross just seems more versatile and I'm looking for a bike my son can use also.
Tours will probably not exceed two weeks, so I'm not sure I need a full-blown touring bike if 90% of the time it will not be pulling a load.

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I've heard that the Xcheck handles just fine with a Bob (with a beefy rear wheel). If your tours won't extend 2 weeks, i'd definitely go this route over the touring bike, because imo the CX is lighter and smoother on unloaded rides at home.
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Just get the Jandd Extreme rear rack. It allows you to mount the panniers further back so that your heels don't hit. That's what I have on my Crosscheck. I've heard tales of trailers getting out of control on descents and causing crashes - my Crosscheck is rock steady when fully loaded and flying downhill. The Crosscheck is a better touring bike than the LHT is a cyclocross bike. The lower bottom bracket and longer wheelbase of the LHT just don't work as well offroad.
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I did a fixed gear tour using a Bob Coz (heavier then the Yak) and a Surly Cross Check.

Absolutely no issues with the bike or the trailer. Compared to my Trek 520 the frame seemed to flex a bit more but not enough to cause me concerns.

When starting out make sure you work up to high speed descents carefully so that you can see if you have a "wag the dog" kind of issue. Highly likely that having gear well balanced in the trailer will reduce the chance of problems.

Having said that I have to admit using saddlebags is also a nice option since it gives you fewer wheels to worry about having to fix. Schwalbe makes a good trailer tire that for me anyway hasn't had any flats yet.

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Cyclocross with a Bob? Who ever would think of such a thing?

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