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cx vs road bikejimmygroove590
Jul 28, 2003 3:38 AM
Can a cx bike be as fast or faster than a road bike on the road? If so, why would people use road bikes when cx bikes are more versatile?
Why do you think most people are looking for...Dwayne Barry
Jul 28, 2003 4:54 AM
versatility when they by a road (or cross) bike?
re: cx vs road bikearctic hawk
Jul 28, 2003 8:45 AM
Yes, a CX can be as fast or faster, depending upon the person, & the equipment available (on the CX). Most CX rigs are setup with a 48 up front & you give up some top end on the road.
I have personally maintained pace with a fellow on a Trek 5200, exchanging drafting & all (pretty cool stuff), but that in itself doesn't mean anything, with the exception of the weird look you get. But, I think that if it came down to pure speed, he would have cleaned my clock, so to speak with a much lighter frame, aero rims & fast sticky tires.
Why by a road bike then? Pure speed, a chance to own cutting edge technology, keeping up with the Jones, looks great, ... If you are never going to be on the trails, then why...
Availability is a big factor, I believe. Most of the LBS do not carry CX bikes in stock. So, a new buyer walks into a store looking for a bike, what does he see? Latest, greatest road bikes, a hybrids & a huge assortment of MTB of all kinds & usage. If they don't know what they want, the sales person will make a recommendation based on their conversation & what's available on the floor or in stock.
I would suspect that a person who really wants a CX bike would have done thier homework, checked out the company sites, this website too (I hope) & then make an informed opinion before ordering what he/she wants.
Happened to me. I nearly bought a Giant TCR2, which was available on the shop floor. Throw a leg over it, felt great, if I was a little more impulsive, I would not know now what I would have been missing out on.

Arctic Hawk
Proud owner of a 2001 Trek XO1, ultegra yak, yak, yak...
re: cx vs road bikelaffeaux
Jul 28, 2003 11:05 AM
With road tires on the bike, a CX can be just as fast as a road bike (depending on gearing).

After owning a CX bike for several months, I came to the conclusion that there was no point in owning a road bike. I sold my road bike within 6 months of buying my first CX bike.

At the absolute highest level of road racing, there maybe some differences in drag etc, making a road bike more efficent. However, for the average person (that's not interested in winning the TDF) the differences will not matter.

As was already pointed out, CX bikes are generally geared lower so that the top speeds will be lower. However, if this is a problem, you can run higher gears if need be. I'm not a racer, so a 48/12 high combo suits me fine - there are few hills where I will actually run out of gears.

Why do people buy road bike and not CX bikes? Hmmmm... I have no idea.
re: cx vs road bikecritmass
Aug 24, 2003 9:48 PM
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re: cx vs road bikeERoman
Jul 30, 2003 1:23 PM
With road gearing for the summer training rides, 118 miles yesterday in under 6 hours was fine and leaving my ride partner in difficulty at times. Fall comes and I'm super used to the bike. Spare tires, tubes, and rear casset and it's ALL good. My Independent Fabrication PlanetX is a dream on the road. Good luck.
re: cx vs road bikeatpjunkie
Jul 30, 2003 7:25 PM
in general higher BB, shorter reach, less aero, twitchier handling, & lower gearing. (48 vs 53). I agree with most posters that in most cases you can keep up on a cx. I've done it many times. In certain groups and on certain rides I do sadly you'd get murdered. You'd lack the big gear /long flat mashability to keep up with guys hammering 53/12's for long periods. Seriously for your average rider a cx is all you need (with an extra set of road ready wheels, changing tires stinks). If I had to have only one bike that would be it. Instead I get to have 2 road, 2 cx and a fully MTB. Variety is the spice of life.
cx <b>I</b>S road bike!GlowBoy
Aug 2, 2003 5:46 PM
Basically a 'cross bike IS a road bike, just a specialized type of road bike. Swap out for 700x23 slicks and there's little difference. IMO, the difference in speed between a 'cross bike and a "road racing" bike at the same price level is infinitesimal and is only going to be noticed by top cat racers.

Why would people use road bikes when cx bikes are more versatile?

Why would people buy sedans when wagons are more versatile? Why would people buy coupes when hatchbacks are more versatile?

Beats me.