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Cons of using a cyclocross bike as a road bike.(8 posts)

Cons of using a cyclocross bike as a road bike.fender4
Mar 26, 2002 9:05 PM
I am in need of a bike to do some road riding, but I would also love to get into cyclocross. So, I am thinking about building up a cyclocross bike and slapping some 23mm slicks on it for road work.

My question is: What are the disadvantes to doing this?

I'm coming from the "world of dirt", so I am fairly naive when it comes to the road business. Would a cyclocross bike slow me down on the road (for fast group rides, and maybe a Cat 5 race or two)?

Thanks for your input.

re: Cons of using a cyclocross bike as a road bike.atpjunkie
Mar 26, 2002 9:48 PM
The only cons are gear ratio and aerodynamics. Cross bikes tend to have smaller Chain Rings on the cranks. (Road Doubles are 53/39) Cross Rings are more like 50/34 and Road cassettes go from 11-21,12-23,12-25 mainly while cross use 12-27's sometimes. You'll lack overall big gear mashing for flats and downhills which will hurt you in long rides with a fast group. A cross bike geometry sets you up higher (up angle/short stem, higher BB, wider bars) which hurts overall aerodynamics but helps in a cross setting. You may suffer on fast group outings but the smaller gear ratio will improve you spin. I have both a cross & a road bike & have done group rides on the crosser with semislicks. You'll get some strange looks but it's fun to hold pace & then peel off onto a dirt path. I also use my x bike for rainy road training as x bikes are a little more weather proof. If you can afford only one bike, go get a cross rig,
otherwise start searching ebay for cross bikes, you can get great deals (you don't need hi Zoot components, bikes run under a grand) and have enough left over for a roadie.
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Mar 27, 2002 7:05 AM
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GET THE X-cross bike.BlairKS
Apr 5, 2002 8:22 PM
I bought a used road bike, and it was cheap enough to be a great deal and a lot of fun.

I also just bought a X-cross bike, and realize it is super versatile. Currently, I have slicks on it and am racing CAT 3, because I still haven't done the winter overhall on my road bike. Yes it is less flickable through the corners of a tight crit, but the motor is still the weak link.

Yes, on road rides people ride road bikes. However, I'm not the only one who rides a X-cross bike and does well.

If you have the dough, buy both
If you can buy one, buy x-cross. and when/if you love road you can drop big bucks on a dream ride.

good luck, tell us what you do.

GET THE X-cross bike.atpjunkie
Apr 9, 2002 4:54 PM
Speaking of keeping up. I dropped two roadies on a climb today. I was running 35 c knobbies. Rock on Blair
Knobby Pride
re: Cons of using a cyclocross bike as a road bike.fender4
Apr 13, 2002 9:19 PM
Thanks for the input, everyone. Well, I just finished building up my new (new to me) '99 Kona Jake the Snake frame and fork. Nice! Right now, it is basically built up as a road bike, but that probably won't last long. I want to get this thing dirty! As a road bike, though, it rides just as good as my last road bike. I haven't done any long rides on it yet, but I don't think I will experience any serious downgrade in on-road performance.

Next stop: knobbies and new gears!

Thanks again,
Apr 15, 2002 5:12 AM
I have the same frame as you. I would add to the above that in comparison to a roadbike, it beats the hell out of you, mainly due to that fork and the seat stays. I have 36x3 OPs on mine, and it's very very harsh with a 23 tyre on - very waring on longer ridea. It's better with a 25, but still not nearly as forgiving as my roadie. Also, you might consider a layer of rubber under the bar tape for the road - it's buzzy throught the bars.


Apr 15, 2002 7:05 AM
Thanks for the tips, muncher. I haven't done any log rides yet (tommorrow will be me first on it). If I notice any harshness, I'll try a 25mm. My tape is pretty thick as it is.

Thanks again!