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Why Cyclocross?(5 posts)

Why Cyclocross?Chris Zeller
Aug 21, 2001 11:53 AM
This is probably a pretty stupid question, but I've been watching people cyclocross in comps and recreationally and I still can't figure out what the advantage is over mountainbiking. Why do you choose cyclocross over MTB? I can see a slight advantage of going light and fast over fireroads. Realistically, the cross bikes I've seen don't weigh significantly less than top end hardtails, seem less controllable over technical terraign, and are much less durable than the average MTB. In fact people seem to carry them quite a bit. So what is the attraction?

Really this isn't a rip. I just purchased a touring/cyclocross bike (to be used as a touring bike) and wounder if it is worth it to buy cyclocross rims/tires, or just use my MTB offroad. Can someone help me get it?
Don't you ever want to have stupid fun?MB1
Aug 21, 2001 11:59 AM
It hurts, it is hard, it's dirty and yes it could be dumb. Ahh....the perfect sport.
the challengeseamus
Aug 21, 2001 12:23 PM
With cross there's zero suspension, a third of the traction, half the braking and yet equal speed. Going fast and smooth on a cross bike requires more skill, and the margin of error is very slim. It's a challenge, and when you do it well, and pass a rider on a mountain bike mid-corner on a rough descent, it's gratifying. No offense to mtb'ers (I race expert mtb) but cyclocross, on a 700c bike takes more skill.

It's the equivalent to mafia hitmen killing someone face-to-face with a knife, instead of just blowing up their car.
re: Why Cyclocross?greg n
Aug 22, 2001 6:50 AM
If you're going to do cyclo-cross racing, a cyclo-cross bike is what you do it on. To do cyclo-cross on a mountain bike, is like mounting a horse. They are higher off the ground and you have to hop up to get back on. If you lower the seatpost, then you compromise you're full range of pedal stroke. On the flip side, I've seen guys try to do mtb races on technical courses with cyclo-cross bikes and it was a complete joke.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that it's not a matter of choosing cyclo-cross over mountain biking. Mountain bikes are for mountain biking. Cyclo-cross bikes are for cyclo-cross and everything else. Yeah, you can use a mountain bike for cyclo-cross, but there's so much more efficiency and finese on a cyclo-cross bike.
re: Why Cyclocross?Chris Zeller
Aug 24, 2001 12:58 PM
It seems from the posts above that cyclocross is really about competition and the specific category of racing. Are their specific rules that require you to use a cyclocross bike rather than a MTB in these comps?

Also, it seems that not many people do cyclocross (as in off road) purely recreationally, except as training for comps. I can see the value of a cross bike as a commuter but that's more about the bike setup, not the style. Hmmmm. Thanks for the info. Maybe I am better off using my MTB offroad instead since I ride exclusively for fun not for cometition. (not that some of you don't find competition fun)