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advice for roadie going to crossscruffyduncan
Oct 18, 2002 3:29 AM
I'm thinking of racing the cross season this year, I've tried a couple of bikes and need some advice. Should they feel alot more upright and shorter than my road bike?, what are the big differences in set up compared to the raod?.


re: advice for roadie going to crossatpjunkie
Oct 18, 2002 1:30 PM
yes, they should feel more upright and a little shorter. This is for dirt descending. Usually your stem will be about 1-2 cm shorter and either neutral or positive rise (vs. negative rise for your roadie). Cockpit shouldn't be cramped, TT length should be about the same or the same with more standover (for mounts and dismounts) usually choose frame 1-2cm smaller in seat tube length for this. CX bikes have higher BB's and bigger tires which eats into standover I ride a 60-61 roadie with a 59 TT. My cx bike is 58 with a 59 TT. Differences are more room for wider knobby tires, canti posts, a little beefier frameset, higher BB and different cable routing. On cx bikes no cables are routed under the TT as they would dig into your shoulder during portage. good luck
re: advice for roadie going to crossweiwentg
Oct 19, 2002 5:16 PM
I have no advice on position since I just started out myself. but I do want to say GO FOR IT! chances are you will not regret it. this is not to say it will be easy, though.
re: advice for roadie going to crossscruffyduncan
Oct 21, 2002 1:54 AM
many thanks, If the deal is right I'll be going for it.