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Cyclo-Cross Bike for Triathlon/Road Racing?(3 posts)

Cyclo-Cross Bike for Triathlon/Road Racing?willieT
May 3, 2001 2:32 PM
I am doing my second triathlon this summer and need to purchase a road bike. (I used my mountain bike for the first one). I am anticipating doing a couple of tri's a year as well as training and recreational riding. I have the opportunity to purchase a 2000 Trek HO-1 Cyclo-Cross bike set up with road tires and RXS components for $600 (lists at $1200). Any thoughts on whether this bike will work well for my intended use – or should I look at equivalently priced road bikes (i.e. trek 1000). Is there a noticeable performance difference between "good" Cyclo-cross bikes and "low-end" road bikes?
re: Cyclo-Cross Bike for Triathlon/Road Racing?BQ
May 3, 2001 3:31 PM
A cross bike may be a false economy. It will cost you performance because it doesn't put you in a good aerodynamic position. My guess is it could knock 3 to 5 mph off of your pace speed.

Suggest you try one of each for a 20 mile ride and compare your times. Then decide.
re: Cyclo-Cross Bike for Triathlon/Road Racing?Nixon
May 4, 2001 1:55 AM
I think it depends on how seriously you take your racing. I run a bianchi axis for road as well, and it works fine for me. I'm not after the top spot. Generally I think a cyclocross is more comfortable than a road bike and at least more versatile. For recreational riding and occasional racing I'd go with the cyclocross and for tru competitive roadracing a road bike. The Trek should work fine for your use.