Hmmm....we just had this discussion on my running club's boards. From one of our cyclists:<br><br>
"A cyclocross bike is like a mountain bike with bigger tires. Kind of.<br><br>
The cyclocross has the brake system of a mountain bike-cantilever or disk giving more clearance between the tire and frame/brakes but uses the 700 mm wheels/tires of a road bike instead of the smaller diameter 26" mountain bike wheels and tires. The cyclocross also has the drop style handle bars of a road bike instead of the straight bars of a mountain bike.<br><br>
Plus, the frame of the cross bike is a little beefier, to take some offroad abuse, than that of a road bike<br><br>
So, if a road bike and mountain bike were able to have sex <img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif"> , I guess this is what their offspring would look like."<br><br>
JR or Ronbo will have more technical details.
No CO2 quickies? <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br><br>
Sorry to the OP for how this thread has degraded. Did the same on our running boards when we discussed the merits of road bikes dating/having illicit affairs with bad boy mountain bikes or the suave TT bikes.<br><br>
JRoden is our resident expert and races cross so he will be able to help you.
Well this thread sure went south!<br><br>
Ok, I'm no expert, I'll defer to JR but here's what I know...<br>
MY Cyclocross bike, which I bought last fall, is probably the best investment I've made in ages and I LOVE IT.<br><br>
It's a Giant OCX (OCX 1 I think) and I have the big knobby tires which will get flipped out in a month or so, once I'm done playing on the muddy trails for a while and have to get serious about tri training <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> in which case I'll pretend to be a roadie for a little while and use skinny tires. I even shaved my legs today!! It's spring eh? Anyway, I digress.<br><br>
The only thing that will really makes it seem different than a road bike is the brakes - they're shaped different to allow mud and crap in there and the 2nd set of brakes up on top. Other than that, looks and feels like a road bike.<br><br>
If you're gonna do Cross, get different pedals though. I don't know the name of mine - lollipop or candy something I dunno, but they are different in that I have to flip my feet IN not OUT which is backwards from my tri bike. However, doing cross, it makes TOTAL sense and you get used to it pretty quick.<br><br>
The shifters on mine are somewhat goofy, in that the "front" shifter is designed for a triple but my bike is a double. So have to do the "double up" or "double back" sometimes. Minor annoyance, maybe someday i'll do something about it - but for now, no worries. It's a GREAT investment.<br><br>
I LOVE playing out on the muddy trails and such
I use a cyclocross bike for about 4 months of the year, plus assorted odd races during the spring. Many people believe they are good "do everything" bikes and I don't agree with this altogether. If you buy a cross bike that fits as designed, it will be a little small acrost the top for road riding, a little overtall, undergeared, top heavy and handle sort of quirky and sluggish. I have raced criteriums omn mine (I changed out the large chainring) and it was ok, I've used it for many mountain bike races and won quite a few, but your tires are the weak point, plus with no suspension stuff is always breaking and you get exhausted from riding fast in the woods.<br>
So, they are good for cross racing, which is what they are made for. They can be ridden on the road, but a road bike will be a better choice. The make a decent communter bike, though i think my surly long haul trucker is a better bet.