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Cross vs. Road...(4 posts)

Cross vs. Road...chewbacca
Oct 7, 2003 9:59 AM
Hey everyone

I have a Surly cross check which I currently use on and offroad here in the hills of the Bay Area (berkeley, ca)

I'm moving to Austin,Texas at the end of the year and I don't really see myself riding the cross bike offroad there...i'll be on my MTB.

so my question is should I just throw a set of road wheels/tires on my surly and ride it as a road bike, or should I swap out the frame for a true road bike frame...will it make that much of a difference?

I'm not going to be doing centuries or competative riding, just for getting out and working the ole legs here and there...

Thanks for any input, by the way, I've never owned a road bike and never thought I would (skinny tires scare me!)...

Ride it.Stampertje
Oct 7, 2003 10:15 AM
I ride my cross check on group rides and have even done the occasional race on it. It's not as nimble as my old road bike but it's quite comfortable and no problem even on our hammer rides.

- and ride it on the trails as well :)
hey bryan..._rt_
Oct 7, 2003 10:34 AM
congrats on the move! enjoy Austin.

i'd stick with the cross bike & just put road tires on it for now. see how you like riding road and then decide whether you want to switch out the frame.


What's a road bike?ChazWicked
Oct 7, 2003 2:54 PM
'sup chewwy,

Here's my 2c. Everyone talks about how road bikes are soooo nimble in comparison to crossz. Well when riding the crack, we're often bombing down some steep, and wicked twisty pavement. I cut it up with the only other descender. Most people on their pure road bikes don't even try to rally. chicken.

Another angle is that I'm *much* faster on the steelman than the steamroller. The 'roller is a track bike which should feel much more nimble. Yes the steering angles are steeper and thus it's kinda twitchy and fun to ride but ... In any given situation, I'll ride better smoother faster on the cross.

Then again, hills? Texas? hmmmm. nevermind

Zaphod, um I mean ChazWicked