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Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing consisting of short laps over many differing terrains, typically including grass, sand, mud, pavement, rocks and anything the course designer finds at the race site. Each lap also usually includes steep run-ups, barrier obstacles forcing the rider to get off the bike. Cyclocross is not to be confused with gravel riding or gravel bicycles.

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Are wider tires on a road bike a good idea?

I live in a city but also like to go into a cross-country areas as well. I've also noticed that there are rare models of road-bikes that offer an option to install wide tires: Oh, and you can fit a ...
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Should I buy a CX bike or a Road bike? [closed]

I'm looking at two specific bikes. Motobecane Fantom Cross Trail cyclocross style bike Motobecane Turino Elite road bike I'm just really unfamiliar with bikes as I haven't bought a new one since I ...
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How does the frame geometry of a cyclocross bike affect its performance in off-road conditions?

The frame geometry of cyclocross bikes aims to offer a responsive and agile feel while providing stability and control over mixed surfaces. It allows riders to handle the demands of cyclocross racing, ...
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Can I use a cyclocross bike for regular road-biking purposes?

I want to race cyclocross, and I also want to ride some longer rides out on the road. Can I buy a cyclocross bike and use it for both cyclocross and some serious road rides (I'm talking century type ...
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Road Fork: Curved vs Straight?

I found a frame I'm interested in building up, but it doesn't include a fork. So I've been looking for carbon 700cc forks... with disc tabs. I've found a few, but ran into a new dilemma - curved vs ...
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Hydraulic sub brake lever as primary lever

I can see answers for this question with cables but cannot find an answer for hydraulic brakes. I am looking for a 31.8mm clamp hydraulic disc brake lever for my fixed gear commuter, and have seen the ...
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Cross (also called in-line or sub) brake levers compatible with SRAM Apex

Does somebody know of cross/in-line/sub brake levers compatible with SRAM Apex? Could the Shimano GRX sub brake levers perhaps work? See https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/grx-11-speed/...
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Are these Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels suitable for cross riding / racing?

I have a set of Xero Lite XSR-3 road wheels with 20/24 straight spokes. I tend to ride dirt, gravel, and some singletrack on my cross bike and sometimes some cross races. Would I be able to swap this ...
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How to train for Cyclocross Races

I bought a Cyclecross Bike last year because I wanted to race. I did not get the bike in time to participate in any races last year though. The training course is closed near me for now so I can't ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

With cars, and above a certain latitude, it's common to own one set of wheels (with fancy/light rims) for summer and another set (with ugly/heavy rims) for winter. So far I stop cycling from mid-...
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What should I look for in a cyclo cross bike

This will be my first cyclo cross bike and I am already using the same techniques with my mtb. My question is what should I look for in it. Since the country I live in does not have any official brand ...
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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

In the market for a bike Novice/Beginner skillset Looking to spend a decent chunk of money on one bike that can be used for commuting, fire roads, and standard road riding Riding location would be ...
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Dealing with very juddery cantilever brakes

I'm a commuter with a ~13m daily round-trip. I've been riding this on an MTB for 8 years, but I'm looking to upgrade. I recently tried out a 2012 model Specialized Tricross; this having been ...
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Fork done for? Has slight cut on the steerer that

Got this cyclocross frame with a fork, didn't see the cut in the steerer tube until much later. Has a 1mm? deep cut on half of the steerer tube. Is this fork done for? Or am I just paranoid. Aluminum ...
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Road bike to CX/Gravel conversion

I have a Cinelli Experience 2016 road bike with rim brakes that allows up to 28c tyres as per Cinelli's specifications. Somehow, Cinelli keeps mentioning it's fit for gravel as well. I'm looking ...
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Shimano GRX groupset with mechanical brakes for CX/Gravel

I'm going to upgrade my cyclocross bike with new 1x11 dedicated components. Currently bike has old 105 5700 groupset and cantilever brakes. Those mechanical brakes are the main problem - I don't want ...
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How to clean a bike after muddy/sandy cyclocross race (or mountain bike ride)

What do I need to be concerned with when cleaning my bike after a typical muddy and sandy cyclocross race? (Probably also applicable to mountain biking.) Particularly, what can be done (in the field) ...
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Chinese Hub identification help?

I bought some carbon cyclocross wheels in 2014 on ebay from seller diybike. (listing long gone). After 13,000km the freehub body has seen better days. Trying to source a replacement without swapping ...
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If the original lube that comes on new chains is so good, why don't we all just have a unified perfect chain lube?

See the following link to read about peoples opinions about new chain wax/lube (and when to remove it): New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it before use? Can we buy this chain wax/lube that ...
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Is cyclocross tire (CX) taller than normal road bike's?

According to the specialized website, the 54cm crux 2021 comes with 700x33c cx tires. https://www.specialized.com/us/en/s-works-crux/p/171342?color=271648-171342&searchText=91420-0046 And, its bb ...
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First Cyclocross Race - Riding a Mountain Bike

I'm participating in my first ever bike race this weekend. It's a cyclocross race, and I'm riding a full suspension mountain bike, because I started looking into races late this season and a fully is ...
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Why should I prioritize top tube length over stand over height on a CX bike?

I purchased a 50cm CX style bike from an online retailer. After assembling the bike and filling the tires, I found only had around 1" of stand over in bike shorts. Since I will be commuting on ...
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Shimano Compatibility

I'm quite new to upgrading parts, and trying to put together a Cyclocross / Touring bike and getting quite confused about compatibility. Can I use 10 speed Tiagra Sti shifters with triple Deore 10 ...
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Are Deore trekking / MTB groupsets compatible with cyclocross frames for touring conversion?

I have a pre-disc-brake vintage 10 speed cyclocross bike that has already seen me through some tours, however, I find the compact chainring is sometimes not geared low enough. I'm also growing ...
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Geometry question: shorter stack with same reach?

I'm planning on building a new bike soon but I'm quite conflicted about choosing a frame. For now I'm riding a GT Grade AL 2015 that I use everyday to commute but since I'm planning on doing some ...
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Cheap Carbon Fiber Wheels

Right, I guess inserting where they're made in the title would be a little politically incorrect but essentially the link below would give you the exact product that inspired the question :- Cheap ...
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Building a 700c bike. Hub sizes

Trying to build a bike on a cyclocross frame. So the wheel will be 700c. Need hubs. Fork size is 100x15 with thru axle. Rear drops size 142mm x 12mm thru axle also. So it means I need any hubs which ...
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What are UCI categories for cyclocross events?

Having more than 10 years of MTB experience, I want to try my first CX race. However when I google for CX events in my country, the results contain some scary codenames called UCI C1 and UCI C2. In ...
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Using cyclocross tires for winter riding

I've currently got a fixie road bike with some stock road tires. They're fairly low-profile, as in, they aren't knobby, and have low-profile treads. Because my fork and stays have enough clearance ...
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What pannier rack for Cube Cross Race?

I am trying to find a suitable pannier rack for my Cube Cross Race, but due to weirdly placed eyelets I can't find any. Can you recommend any that would fit?
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How seriously should I take the maximum pressure rating of my cyclocross rims?

I own a very nice cyclocross bike that I use for daily commuting. It is currently fitted with relatively wide cyclocross tires (Continental Cyclocross Race 35-622) that I inflate to 4 bar (58 psi). ...
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FC-RS510 Crankset compatibility

I've recently acquired a cyclocross bike (Stevens Prestige) with aforementioned FC-RS510 crankset. I am thinking of exchanging the 50-34 gearing which is currently mounted with a 46-36 set because ...
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Ghost shifting with a nearly fully rebuilt drivetrain

I’ve got an old Surly Crosscheck that’s been ghostshifting for awhile now. I’ve rebuilt most of the drivetrain to try to fix the problem to no avail. I replaced the cassette, chain, rear derailleur, ...
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What crankset/chainrings on 1990's cyclocross

I am doing a small project on my secondary bike. It's 28"/700c steel 1990's rigid mountain bike frame and I am converting it to a dropbar bike. The theme is to make a "gravel" bike with 1990's tech. ...
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Smart trainer & CX bike compatibility

I have a Kona Jake the Snake Frame (2001) and is currently mounted with Continental Gatorskin 700x32c tires and Shimano RS010 622x15c rims. I was hoping to use this on a smart trainer. This setup will ...
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Tweaking a Giant TCX Advanced

I'm planning to buy a TCX Advanced SX, this one: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/tcx-advanced-sx-2017 All is cool, I simply would like a 10/42 instead of the stock SRAM 11/42. What is the less ...
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Long stem influence on cyclocross handling

I want to introduce myself to the cyclocross world, I'm looking for my first bicycle. I found a great used bike with a frame at size 54 (54 seat tube x 54,5 top tube), which would be slightly small ...
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Generally can I fit 650b wheels on a modern CX frame?

I know this depends a lot on the model and the shape of the stays and fork, but on the average CX disc frame would it be possible to use 650b wheels with thicker tires, for a more comfortable offroad (...
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How do I know what brake rotors to get for my bike?

In the next month or so I plan on getting the 2019 Trek Crockett 5 as a cyclocross/road bike. I will also be getting some nicer road wheels for the bike so I can swap out the wheels whenever needed. ...
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Upgrades to Carrera Crixus [closed]

Recently had my Tifosi bike stolen so need to buy a new bike and preferably want cyclocross. I am considering buying the cheap Carrera Crixus and modifying it, but what upgrades would be recommended ...
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Can I run a 10 speed cassette on an 11 speed wheel, but also keep running 10 speed on a 10 speed wheel?

I bought a second hand cyclocross bike (running Shimano 105) and I ... love it. I've been doing some short commuting on it as well, but the nobbled tires are copping a pounding. I've got a spare set ...
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Can hybrid bikes be as fast as cyclocross bikes if we use an aero position instead?

Can hybrid bikes be as fast as cyclocross bikes if we use an aero position instead? There's quite a lot in common for both bikes. People claim that CX bikes are faster. It seems like the main reason ...
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Correct frame bike for me

I’m trying to measure a cyclocross bike. I’m 172 cm, leg length 77.5cm. Some websites like ebicycles say that my bike frame size is 53cm. I’m already looking for this bike with seat tube 54cm. A ...
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Monster-cross build on the road, will it be fun? [closed]

Don't ask why, don't ask how much but this is what I'm aiming at: 29er entry level MTB with light Al frame stripped down Carbon rigid MTB fork (for clearance) Carbon drop-bar handle bars 35c tires ...
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How serious is the dent on alu frame?

I have crashed on my cyclocross bike and got a dent on it's alu frame. I don't see cracks. How serious is this dent? Can it lead frame to suddenly fail?
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Tires for cyclocross bike

I have cyclocross bike with alu frame (Focus Mares). It is currently running on Continental Cross tires which are around 400g. I mostly ride it in city and sometimes go for weekend tours in ...
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Cyclocross bike as a touring bike

I am planning to get a new bike specifically for touring purposes. Though there are special one out there (like TREK 920), I was wondering if anyone has experience of using cyclocross bike for this ...
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9 speed SRAM shifter for dropbars?

Does anyone know if SRAM makes a 9 speed compatible shifter for dropbars? What's the best option for shifter/derailleurs for a 2x9 cross bike?
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Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?

Next year i would like to commute by bicycle. I need to buy a new bike, but i don't know if to buy a roadbike or a cyclocross bike. I live in a more rural area where not every road is tarred perfectly ...
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Which type of bike is the right for these conditions?

I want a bike that is fast on the road but can also go offroad. By offroad I mean mostly gravel and a little dirt but no mud or very little. Cyclocross bikes caught my interest but they seem expensive....