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newb ?s about road to cyclo-cross conversion(3 posts)

newb ?s about road to cyclo-cross conversionskidmarks
Jan 15, 2002 1:42 PM
I've got some newbie questions about road to cyclo-cross conversion. I'm curious if its enough to just exchange the slicks for knobbies, provided it has enough clearance on the frame and fork.

Also, I noticed that if you buy a new cyclo-cross bike, many come with a mix of road drive train components in the front with mountain bike components in the rear. Can someone explain the benefits of this to a newbie. And is it that dramatic.

Also, are cantilever brakes a necessity for trails?

I am asking these questions because I would like to buy a road bike and keep slicks on most of the time. And I'm hoping I can just switch the wheels out and take it on some light trails. I'm also probably never going to race cyclo-cross.

thanks guys.
Best bet may be a cross bike with road components.buffalosorrow
Jan 15, 2002 4:14 PM
Here is my most recent experience with road brakes off road.
I was trailing in VA on my single speed motobecane with a front brake only, there was so much ice and mud build up the my brakes did not function, I found my self grinding my shoe into the fornt tire and ground to slow down.

-Cantilevers/ mini- V's offer clearance for mud, ice and what ever mother nature intended for the woods.

-If you have plans to only ride compact dry trails on occasion, switching to Vittoria Tigre Cross 27c will suit you fine.

-Regarding components, it is purly rider/ buyers choice.
A MTB rear derailer will aid in chain tension and clearance. Mine happens to be Campy Daytona and my chain has not fallen off.

If you are in the market for a new bike, you might look into a more road orientated cyclocross bike, a some what touring/ winter training and slight off road machine.
re: newb ?s about road to cyclo-cross conversionjrm
Jan 16, 2002 3:06 PM
Most cross bikes are OE'd with road components, with the exception of MTB hubs, BB's, canti's and crankarms.

In swapping slicks for knobbies on a road specific bike you biggest nemesis is going to be the lack of clearance at the stays and the seat tube. Doing to opposite works but a cross bike doesnt make the best road bike and the road bike doesnt make the best cross bike.

I went the cross bike route after owning road specific bikes. Mostly cuz most my time is spent in the dirt on a MTB. But i use the cross bike as a mud bike, commuter, and general flogger. But in the same token i remember riding trails on slicks on the road bike.