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MTB for cyclocross racing?(4 posts)

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 itclimbo
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 coursebn
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