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Road performance of cyclocross frame on road wheels(5 posts)

Road performance of cyclocross frame on road wheelsPT
Jun 30, 2003 6:46 AM
I essentially asked this question of the "General" board and really didn't get the sort of insight I had been hoping for.

How does a high-end cross bike with road wheels (i.e. - 700x23 tires on a good wheelset) stack-up with a good road bike?

I know it may not be a straightforward answer -- I'm sure it depends on the individual and the intended use. My goal is to get a single bike that can be outfitted for long rides with about a 50/50 mix of pavement and gravel/dirt. But I also want to throw road wheels on it and take it on group rides with the local roadie racers and be able to do the annual local road race without too much of a loss in performance. It's probably important to note that I generally perform at a level considerably below what my Merlin road, Dura Ace equipped bike could do with an average to good pilot.

Has anyone tried this? Anyone's riding partner try this?

Thanks for your insight,

Works fine for meDale Brigham
Jun 30, 2003 7:44 AM

I have used my cross bikes (Kona Jake and Steelman EC525) extensively for road rides, training races, century rides, and randonnee/ultra distance rides, and they suit me just fine. Yes, my Colnago is a bit quicker in the fast-guy rides, but for the long hauls, I prefer the longer wheelbase, slacker angles, and more upright position of the cross bikes.

A good cross bike and two wheelsets (off-road and on-road) is, in my opinion, the all-purpose bike.

Best of Luck!

Just fineHillman
Jun 30, 2003 9:33 AM
I ride my Jake on the road with a spare set of wheels. Works just great.

Some say the higher BB is bad for corner stability, but to be honest if it is, I haven't noticed (I race cat 3, but haven't on the Jake).

The only difference I notice is that I sit a bit more upright - which is fine, as I'm usually riding it for a commute/rain ride. It's nice for a change/rest from the balls-out racing position, and for longer rides.

Of course, all that assumes that you have some sensible gearing to hand - a 32/16 fixed cross wouldn't be a whole lot of fast fun on the road....
Crit, Velodrome, Roadie Group Rides...TFerguson
Jun 30, 2003 1:52 PM
I've raced mine, complete with top mounted levers and V-brakes, in a criterium and at the track on stock bike night. I actually won a couple of races at the track with it.

I still ride it on the race team group rides. Only had a couple of comments and that was by those not keeping up. Ride straight and do your share of pulling and nobody cares.

It's my ride of choice for Breakfast rides, really fun on limestone/gravel bike paths (change tires), and riding a paceline while in the tops (top brakes)is great for invitationals.

re: Road performance of cyclocross frame on road wheelsMShaw
Jul 1, 2003 11:56 AM
I went and bought a bunch of 110 bolt pattern rings for my JtS. I have a 50t on the front now (non cross-season gearing) so that I can ride it as a "road trainer" bike.

If you look at a gear progression chart, you'll see that a 50t front ring is about the same as a 53t ring, but one tooth smaller (physical size) on the cassette. The 50x12 combo feels about the same as a 53x13 on a normal road bike.

That help?