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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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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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What are the differences (and their practical implications) between a 29" mountain bike and a cyclocross bicycle?

I am considering the purchase of a bicycle for riding off road, and have heard a lot of buzz about 29" mountain bikes. However, I am not particularly interested in technical riding - although I would ...
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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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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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Can I do cyclocross if I've never really been very athletic?

I've never really been very athletic - I started cycling around the city a few months ago, did a 30 mile ride recently (and felt great after it - could have done more, although the pace wasn't very ...
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Can I modify a slightly too big bike?

A couple of months ago I went for a professional bike fit on a jig. They were struggling to find a bike to fit me perfectly (5ft1 female). They ended up ordering me a cyclocross bike. The bike has ...
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Front suspension on a cyclocross bike?

Is there a reason why no companies are manufacturing front suspension for cx bikes? Is it limited by the UCI rules? Would weight mean it would offer no additional value? I would like to know if a ...
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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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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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Should I buy a cyclocross bike or road bike to do Triathlons and CX?

I have a mountain bike and used it in my first triathlon without slick on. Now I'd like to get into doing triathlons just for fun, not competitively. I'd also like to get into doing cyclocross. Here's ...
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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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How often should I change brake cables and housing?

Seems like every year towards the end of cyclocross racing my brake cables start to get 'sticky'. The STI shifter is fine for changing gears, but when pulling on brakes it feels like I'm breaking ...
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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 I fit road tyres on a cyclo cross bike?

I've been considering purchasing a Boardman Pro CX Cyclocross Road Bike Large 2010. (Broken link replaced with Google search) The spec says the wheels are 700C and that it comes with 700 x 35C tyres. ...
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How do Mini V-brakes compare to cantilever brakes for Cyclocross bikes?

I've got a surly cross check with straight bars, v-brakes, and mountain shifters. I was considering a switch to a drop bar setup for cyclocross racing so I have an alternative to my single speed cross ...
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What is the difference between race/road and cx bikes?

The only differences I know is that road bikes are often lighter and uses different set of brakes. But what else are the main differences?
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mountain bike vs. cyclocross bike

I've recently started trail riding on my mountain bike and i love it, but my bike is really old (circa 1992 steel Trek with Deore LX). I really want to get a new one, but I'm also really attracted to ...
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Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?

I am 33years and just moved to belgium. My work commute is about 25km (16miles). I plan to buy a bike mainly to commute to work and get the exercise and decompress after work. I am new to biking but ...
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Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?

I've been using tubeless tires with great success on my mountain bike for a year or so, and the time is here to replace the wheels on my cross bike. I was thinking of getting another pair of stan's ...
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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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Disadvantages of using QR->Thru Axle Adapters?

I have a 100x15 front 142x12 rear cyclocross frame. I'm considering getting mid range wheels with quick releases that come with thru axle adapters. The wheels are lighter and better than most options ...
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Ease of servicing disc vs. rim brakes

How easy is it to keep a mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brake system working at home with a set of "normal" (not bike-specific) tools, especially compared to rim brakes? Discs seem to be currently ...
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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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Converting an existing cyclocross bike to disc brakes

I have a bike (Surly Crosscheck) that is used for commuting and cyclocross. As it's a bit older and disc brakes were not legal for 'cross until recently, it has cantilever brakes for optimal mud ...
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Whats the difference between a cyclocross and cyclocross-commuter

Could someone please tell me the key differences between the what people would call a cyclocross bike and a cyclocross-commuter? I have seen people saying bike x is not a true cyclocross bike etc.
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Cyclocross bike frame considerations

I'm considering putting together a cyclocross type bike together for fun and variety. Is a typical road frame suitable for this? And, what do I need to consider in terms of sizing? On sizing, it ...
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How do I get rid of weird rubbing noise on my cx bike?

Recently I got the Giant Revolt 3 and have been riding it for a few days now. I have lately noticed that there is some rubbing noise when I apply the brakes. If you look at this picture (might be a ...
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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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Are there any reasons why you would avoid going disc (other than cost) for racing cyclo cross?

Why (if you had the choice) would you stay with cantilever brakes and forgo the opportunity to change to a disc set up for racing cyclo cross?
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Can I 'toe in' these cantilever brake pads?

I'm riding a new bike (new to me) and I am unfamiliar riding with some of the components, specifically the cantilever cross brakes. On my road bike, I toe in the brake pads to help with noise, feel, ...
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what should my training schedule look like if I'm racing every sunday?

I plan to do as many cyclocross races as I can until the season ends in early march and the next few weeks have at least one race every Sunday for the next six weeks. How should my training schedule ...
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How can one remove this chainring?

I have a crank and chainring setup pictured below, running as a 1x with a chain guard where the outer ring would be. I am trying to remove the chainring from the crank and am having trouble. The ...
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How does the geometry of cross bikes affect on-road handling?

I'm planning on getting a cyclocross bike for commuting because my road bike is suboptimal for riding in rain and snow. A bike shop employee told me that cross bikes have worse geometry for riding on ...
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Is it worth converting a steel frame Trek Roadie to a Cyclocross?

I have a Trek Elance 330 from the 80s and love it! However, I find myself needing something that can handle fire roads (gravel jeep paths) and am wondering if it is worth the effort. Also, if it ...
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Post cyclo cross race bike cleaning and lubrication for you bottom bracket?

If I wash down my bike after a muddy race cross race or training ride I usually dry everything off and then begin lubricating the chain and sprockets back up once it has dried. The only place I don't ...
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What does “Electronic Ready” mean on a Giant Frame?

I just purchased a 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2, and noticed in the spec sheet that the frame is "Electronic Ready" What does this mean? http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-ca/bikes/model/tcx.slr.2/17669/73500/...
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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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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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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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Cyclocross racing with fixed gear road bike with cross tires

I would like to take part in three local cyclocross races in the coming weeks but have a bike dilemma: Should I convert my track frame to a new fork and put one cantilever brake on it and change the ...
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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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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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Building a city/trail bike with a CX frame, what should I consider? [closed]

What would be a good build for a 80% city / 20% trail bike? I recently purchased a Cinelli Mash CXSS frame, I will be mainly riding in the city but wanted to also take it to the trails every couple ...
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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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Will carbon fork make a huge difference when commuting?

I am considering a hybrid commuter bike, in particular I like Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc. This model however does not sport a carbon fiber fork. Only the more expensive model does, which I do not ...
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How to remove play in cantilever pivot point?

I have been working my way through issues with noisy front cantilever brakes. After running through many different ways to solve the issue including new pads (Kool Stop Dura2 Duel Compound), setting ...
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How to calculate bike stand-over height using frameset geometry and wheel radius?

While it's best to buy through fitting a bike in store, it's not always possible (discussed here). On some websites, the stand-over height of a bike may not be listed as part of the specifications. ...
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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 (Also probably applicable to mountain biking). Particularly, what can be done (in the field) ...
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Cantilever brakes for older narrow fork bosses (55mm)?

I have an 80s cyclocross frame I am restoring. The fork's cantilever bosses are spaced at 55mm - much narrower than the modern standard (around 70mm I believe). I tried to fit a pair of Tektro CR-...
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Is a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?

I have been riding about 150 km a week commuting and on the weekend. I frequently do rides over 80 km. I'm riding a carbon cyclocross (Ridkey x-fire) with slicks. My latest ride was on the ...