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Difference between CYCLOCROSS and a regular road bike.(8 posts)

Difference between CYCLOCROSS and a regular road bike.crackmunch
Aug 3, 2001 4:50 AM
Whats the difference. Is the cyclocross just as good on the road as a road bike? I noticed that they have bigger wheels. Is the geometry different? Thanks for the help.
re: Difference between CYCLOCROSS and a regular road bike.Rich Clark
Aug 3, 2001 5:02 AM
Clearance for fatter tires; longer chainstays. Mounts for cantilever/V-brakes. Bottom bracket higher off the ground.

Just as good on the road? For commuting or recreational riding or touring, sure. 'Cross bikes have touring bikes in their immediate ancestry. For road racing, all other things being equal, a racing bike wins.

re: Difference between CYCLOCROSS and a regular road bike.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Aug 3, 2001 5:13 AM
'Cross bikes have touring bikes in their immediate ancestry...

BZZZT, wrong! Cyclo-cross began as a way for road racers to compete/keep fit over the winter. While the bikes evolved into something that may resemble a touring bike to the uninitiated, they definitely are not offspring of tourers as you imply. Cyclo-cross bikes may even have preceded the development of loaded tourers. The roots are in road racing.
re: Difference between CYCLOCROSS and a regular road bike.Breezydz
Aug 3, 2001 5:35 AM
Touring bikes feel better with low bottom brackets and often have wider range of gears, otherwise much the same geometry. The best road use for cyclo-cross bikes is urban commuting. The high bottom bracket makes curb climbing a little easier and keeps toe clips off the pavement when traffic calls for riding on the bottom of the pedal.
Many differences....Cima Coppi
Aug 3, 2001 5:07 AM
A cyclocross bike is very different from a road bike in many ways. To start out, the geometry on a cyclocross frame is specially designed for its purpose. The setback of the seat tube greater, the wheelbase is longer (to accomodate larger tires and give clearance for mud), and the bottom bracket is higher off the ground (again for clearance). The frame is built with cantilever brake bosses on the fork and seat stays, and typically the derailleur cables are routed across the top tube then down to the deraileurs. Gearing on a cross bike is also different. Typically, the crankset has chainrings of 38/46 to provide for easy spinning over rough terrain.

This is not to say a cyclocross bike will not make a good road bike, but the other way around will not work.
cyclocross and pseudo-cyclocrossRusty McNasty
Aug 3, 2001 5:29 AM
In the last couple of years, there have been several manufactureres who have built "pseudo-cyclocross" bikes. These bikes are made more like a touring bike (heavier stays, rack mounts), with a higher BB, mimicing the cyclocross geometry. These bikes should not be confused with true cyclocross bikes. a true cyclocross bike is lightweight, and is built for competition.
In my area, most of the cyclo-heads are riding on flip-flop setups, with bull-horn bars and only front brakes. This setup seems to work well in the snow we get locally. Others in the cyclocross world prefer derailleurs, full brakes, and drop bars, depending on the type of riding they do.
Hmm...That Sound's Like A Cool Set-upGreg Taylor
Aug 3, 2001 5:51 AM
I did a couple (two) last year, and most folks had the "traditional" cross bikes (lots of Redlines) with 2 x 8 gearing (cheap, disposable Shimano). I could see where a singlespeed set up would be killer -- are the front-brake only dudes riding fixies?
the heads are prob riding fixed gearJack S
Aug 3, 2001 6:05 AM
from the sound of it