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Only Bike -- surveyCycloChap
Aug 25, 2002 5:20 AM
I have an opportunity to get a great deal on a Specialized M4 CX. If I buy it, it will be my only bike. I'm wondering how many of you ride exclusively on a CX. I will ride 90% road, but I do like to ride off-road once in a while and my former road bike would only fit CX tires if I cut off the inside tread -- and then it was only good in dry conditions due to clearance. Thanks for your input.
re: Only Bike -- surveyferrul
Aug 25, 2002 8:34 AM
I ride exclusively on a cx bike. I was in the same boat as you. But I never owned a road or mountain bike, though I wanted to do both. When I discoverd cx, I thought keul. I use it for both, about 50-50. I dont put slicks on for the road, (though I probably should cause I noticed my tires are balding). Though,Im starting to like riding road and am looking into getting a road bike soon.
I would suggest that if you your going to ride 90% road, then get a road bike. What happened to your former road bike?
90% CX, 10% MTBSteve_O
Aug 26, 2002 6:29 AM
If it was only going to be one bike then the CX bike would be it!

I am fortunate enough to own two mountain bikes, a road bike, and a CX bike. I use the CX bike for my daily commute to work and have 2200 miles on it this year. My commute is 20 miles round trip. Depending on the route I can also incorporate 4-5 miles of singletrack into the daily ride. The CX bike makes the choice easy!

I don't air out any jumps and I am much more cautious on logs and slippery roots but the CX bike is pure enjoyment off road... Later on in Sept I will be doing a century on the CX bike. Swap out the tires and I'm good for all day road riding. There is simply nothing more versatile!

Steve-O (link to CX trail riding....Link to daily commute)
90% CX, 10% MTBatpjunkie
Aug 26, 2002 4:39 PM
one bike, yes definitely cx. Have 2 actually 1 I'm setting up as a race bike, the other is a back up racer / commute / adventure bike. Have a 40 mile round trip commute that I get to add single track, fire road and grass (rolling hills) and I do it on a cross. If you plan to commute then yes cross all the way. Have an S Works and I adore it. By all means get it!
Alternatives ?GreenFan
Aug 26, 2002 6:07 PM
You may want to consider an the 'cross bike and splurge for an extra wheelset, keep 'cross tires on one set with a large cassette on the back for offroad, and a second set with road tires and a normal cassette. I mention this only cause most of the treaded 'cross tires get really squirrely on the road over about 25 or 30 mph never mind the fact that asphalt tends to wear down those mud slinging little nubs pretty quick too.
re: Only Bike -- surveyjrm
Aug 30, 2002 4:31 PM
No it's not my only bike. But it's the one that i ride the most due to the convinence. I commute on mine as much as weather permits and do some pretty nice road rides on it too. Not to mention the dirt excursions...

Fit is critical. because you come from the road your going to find that TT's are going to be short in comparison and the handling is going kinda touchy due to the higher BB.