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The Specialized will be fine in the Elite trainer. The one problem you'll find is that knobby tires don't work well on trainers such as this. If you plan to primarily ride on the road I'd strongly suggest investing in some road tires. A cyclocross bike can take some fairly wide tires so I'd suggest running 28-32mm wide tires. They'll be MUCH more ...


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Most trainers on the market today can do 26", 29" and 700c. Specialized's cyclocross bikes are 700c, your trainer will likely be able to handle it fine, but check the manual (*). A trainer won't help you gain confidence riding in traffic though -- you'll just have to practice riding in traffic, which is the bigger problem here. (*) Your trainer may have ...


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I had tire busts when I used tubes that were pre-filled with Slime: they burst within an hour to a day of installing them. When I switched to standard tubes and then added Stans No Flats liquid they were fine. This happened twice to me: very strange. I always use Stans in my wheels: either MTB tubeless or commuting/road bike tubed. Is a bit of a hassle with ...


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Not sure what you mean by "popping", are you talking about literally exploding or just getting a cut/pinch/slow leak/etc? Knowing what the hole looks like could help point to some cause. If you've had 4 flats while hanging I would guess something is cutting into the tube. I'd try a different tire or pick up a tube from somewhere else and try it out.


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It's probably not a great idea, although they might not be a terrible option as pit wheels (where the choice is finishing in less-than-ideal conditions or DNFing). The Equipes I've seen have fairly low spoke counts (20 or 24) and are narrow by contemporary road wheel standards (19mm). There's no reason to go with such low spoke counts for CX even if you're ...


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I put a good number of miles on a set of Ksyrium Equipes, and got weary of paying my LBS to replace broken spokes. Mavic uses a proprietary spoke, meaning my LBS does not keep them in stock, so I ended up buying them and kept a supply of spokes. After three broken spokes-- always rear wheel, always non-drive side-- I had enough. Admittedly, I weigh around ...



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