|MTB for cyclocross racing?||MW|
Jul 1, 2001 8:15 PM
|I want to race cyclocross this fall. I've race sport mtb before, and want to be competitive.
Any thoughts on whether riding a fairly light mountain bike (cdale w/headshok, xt/xtr, chris king wheels) that my body is used to will be a big disadvantage as compared to something with 700c wheels and drop bars?
(I'd run 46/34 rings with narrow WTB allterrainasaurus tires that go up to about 70psi)
The alternative: spend about $500 and switch everything over onto a Surly crosscheck frame, which is much much cooler, and would be great on longer road rides...
Is it worth it?
|yes, it's worth it||climbo|
Jul 2, 2001 10:11 AM
|if you have the money to spend, yes, it's worth getting a CX bike if you plan to race a lot. MTB is fine but much harder to shoulder and jump barriers with, plus, it may be a little bit slower on the flat stuff and road sections. And a CX bike is just plain great fun and something different from riding your MTB all year.|
|Think the answer is in your question...||muncher|
Jul 2, 2001 11:25 AM
|If you want to be competitive, then yes. Assuming you get out of the lower levels fairly fast, then you will need to be on a CX to progress much further. That said, we have a guy in our club who races CX on a MTB and he is reasonably competative, but then he is a very fit road racer who trains a lot on his on/off performance and just does it for fun in the winter - only a handful of races a season. So you could start on your MTB, get the hang of what's what and what you like the look of, then move on later?|
|also depends on the course||bn|
Jul 2, 2001 2:47 PM
|if the race promoters/course designers know what they are doing, a cx bike will always have the advantage... however, with the increased popularity and occasional difficulty finding appropriate venues this is not always the case|| |