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CX Bike vs. MTB Hardtail(6 posts)

CX Bike vs. MTB Hardtaillexington476
Dec 7, 2003 8:20 PM
Are CX bikes faster on the grass then an MTB hardtail. Today, I was getting passed by all the CX bikes (I was using my MTB hardtail). And these are people I can keep up with on the road with a road bike. Do the drops help a lot in power and speed?????
re: CX Bike vs. MTB HardtailCrank-a-Roo
Dec 7, 2003 8:58 PM
It is not the drop, but Cx bikes are genercally lighter than a Hardtail. You can also accelerate faster with the skinny and bigger diameter tires.
just curious...what does your cx bike weigh?jtferraro
Dec 8, 2003 5:50 AM
I installed the Hutchinson Cross Comp (26" x 1.3") cross tires on my hardtail mtb this weekend and the bike now weighs 22.4 lbs. Is APPROX. 20 lbs. the average cx bike weight?

-Jeff
just curious...what does your cx bike weigh?lexington476
Dec 8, 2003 7:02 AM
My HT has the same tires front and back, the Hutchinson Cross Comp (26" x 1.3") cross tires! They get a lot of attention, don't they, 1.3 inch tires on an MTB. The last time I weight the bike was before I put these tires on, ~22-23 pounds (the old tires were the stock Hutchinson Pythons). It is a 2003 Giant XTC2.
re: CX Bike vs. MTB HardtailSunnySideUp
Dec 8, 2003 11:19 AM
I raced my first cross season on a Cannondale F2000. Last year I switch to a Connondale Ultra and it made all the difference in the world. I had to switch to my mountain bike in the middle of one race and could easily tell the difference. Some diffences are cause by the tires, some by the gears... In cross, I don't think two or three pounds make that much of a differnce. But the geometry of the bike does.
re: CX Bike vs. MTB Hardtailsnwbdrhoon
Dec 8, 2003 12:05 PM
this may not be the right answer, but i find that 700c wheels (29") are a lot faster on smooth surfaces, grass, dirt trails and yes, pavement.

by having a 26" wheel, you're missing that extra rolling momentum. definitely a negative in the tight terrain, but gary fisher swears by 29ers (700c)