daft question – strength of cyclo-x vs road bike frame
Geometry is very different I think… Cyclocross frames are deliberately designed for off / on road use so you can get your head up (more sit up & beg MTB stylee) as opposed to a racer which you are dropped into a streched crouch. The BB is higher A CX frame will have more mud clearance too and longer reach brakes.
I would suspect that CX frames are designed to flex wheras a road frame might not be so forgiving.
I would be wary of the carbon road forks off road as they may not be designed for the sudden shock loading you get say if you hit pot holes etc. They will be engineered to withstand a constant loading.
If its for the odd foray onto a dirt path or in snow then the CX tyres will be fine but if you are looking for a dedicated comp beast then there may be issues.
That said CX started as a form of winter training using road bikes with knobbly tyres.. so you may have no issues.Posted 5 years agoctznsmithSubscriber
I’d be surprised if you could get anything more than a 25c tyre in most modern road bikes. Also your brakes will clog in minutes if it’s muddy. There was a guy racing at temple newsam last year on an old steel road frame with calliper brakes and he didn’t seem to be enjoying himself!! (That was a pretty dry course too)
The other way round, light road wheels in a ‘cross bike is a much better idea imhoPosted 5 years agomattsccmMember
Doubt there will be a difference worth worrying about. Biggest issue will be mud clearance.Posted 5 years ago
No matter what your road bike is there will be a CX bike that is more fragile and capable of taking what it needs. (Alright maybe some million quid super light thing but if you had one of those you wouldn’t be asking)
Even angles are not a worry. Some CX bikes are tighter than some road bikes.
Yeah frames are frames all being equal. Of course if you are not comparing identical frames then one might be stronger.
Just go and ride the bike.
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