Questions tagged [cyclocross]

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.

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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 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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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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How to train for Cyclecross 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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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....
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Can double chainrings be used with a clutch-type rear derailleur?

I've been reading up on Sram's CX1 1x11 cyclocross-specific group. It hinges on two technologies to minimize the potential for dropped-chains/chainslap. The CX1 clutch rear-derailleur keeps the chain ...
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Size of old road frames compared to new ones

May I use an old frame (pre 1990) of same size as a modern road frame? For example by using a long stem and long seatpost. Or would I have to size up a lot? Concrete example: I ride a 56 cm Merida ...
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Converting my old mountain bike to a cyclocross

I have a 1992 Bridgestone MB-4 that I am converting to a cyclocross bike. It is a 3 x 7 (21 gears). I am going to put down bars on it and to change the older over shifters and brake levers. As it ...
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Can I ride a Trek Crockett (CX/gravel bike) in a road race if I have a road wheelset and tires on it?

I’m looking to buy a Trek Crockett and I am wondering if I could use this bike year round, even as a race bike for road criterium.
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Ideas for consistently popping tubes

I ride a cyclocross about 50 miles a week. About half of the mileage is spent on roads, the other half on single track trails. In the space of 3 weeks I have had the tubes pop 5 times. Once the back ...
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Anyone have issues using cx tires on the road when its wet?

I have a cross bike and i love the feel the fit and the response to steering that comes with cx bikes but im having a repeat issue. Using it as my daily rider when roads are wet it never fails that ...
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What would be the best bike frame to build a gravel bike? [closed]

This handsome devil road bike is what im kinda looking for but i want some suggestions of what is the next best thing to start with, any ideas? I was looking for a good bike or bike frame that ...
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How should a good CX riding position “feel” (alternative to highly scientific measurements…)

I'm switching from MTB full-suspension down-hill riding to something more flat - at the moment I'm looking at a CX for 80% road, 20% offroad usage. Unfortunately, I've never, except for short test ...
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Could a road bike be used for cyclocross?

So i have a cyclocross bike, but most of my friends have road bikes. I am interested if people think that a road bike could be used to race cyclocross. I'm thinking that with a pair of nobbly tires ...
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Cyclocross frame size vs. road bike frame size

I'm in the market for a used cyclocross bike to use as a winter bike, and so I've been browsing craigslist. I generally ride a 56-58 cm road bike frame, so I turned down an otherwise good deal ...
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Comparison of flat bar road bikes, cyclocross and hybrids for city and occasional dirt roads

I am looking for a new bike with following properties: comfortable for commute, promenades and fitness in the city and outside with occasional bad roads (dirt roads with some tree roots, bumps) and ...
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Cross tires on a road bike

I want to buy a road bike for commuting, fitness, leisure, etc. and not for professional racing. However, because I live in a "wet" country, I would like to be able to change the tires into cross ...
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Cyclocross suspension

I would like to know if there is any brand that sells cyclocross bikes with front suspension. I would like to buy the Specialized Crux E5 but I also like the Trek DS 4 but this one is flat and I want ...
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What sort of SPD pedals should I use for cyclocross?

So I do cyclocross and have recently got some SPD cleats, the problem is my pedals are eggbeaters which isn't great. I was thinking in investing in some half and half pedals (like enter these) or ...
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Can this frame be saved?

I had a little accident and went over the handlebars. I'm okay, I was able to ride the bike home, but it is obviously bent. Everything else on the bike seems to be fine, the wheels are true and ...
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Replacement brake pads for SRAM Force 1/CX 1

I'm looking to replace the default pads that come with the SRAM Force 1/CX 1. I can't tell if they're metallic or organic. I ended up purchasing the organic version https://www.competitivecyclist.com/...
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Cross top Levers as primary brake

Has anyone ever tried to use Cross Top levers as your only braking method (ie not just as an interrupter for the drop levers)? I'm guessing it wouldn't work as you need the cable to go straight ...