Is this bike any good for cyclocross?
I’m looking at getting one of these for all round commuting/touring/soft off-road/winter trails and could even try my hand at CX racing.
I’ve test ridden it and it seemed fine. Geometry wise it is very similar to the Cannondale CaadX, so I guess that is OK. The only two concerns I had were 1. It seems a couple of CM shorter wheelbase than most other cross bikes. I know this could be a pain for touring but is it a bad thing for CX?I’d imagine nippy handling would be good for that? 2. Tyre clearance. It comes with Continental Race Speed 35mms fitted and there is decent mud clearance on those, however are more winter suited CX tyres wider?
Anything else i’m missing that could make it a bad idea?
The other options would be a Cannondale CaadX disc 105/Ultegra or a Kona Jake the Snake.Posted 4 years agomattsccmMember
They looked very nice when I had a play. Thing is as far as I know it’s 54cm or nothing at Evans where they all seem to be. If you want to race I believe that regs say 33mm maximum although I doubt it would be checked at beginners level. Might be worth thinking of that. Wouldn’t worry though until those are knackered.Posted 4 years agobenjiSubscriber
Nice machine, infact you haven’t listed a bad one. Tyre width never seen it checked, but you don’t want too wide when it gets muddy you kind of want it skinny so it cuts through the slop to the firm beneath. Smooth top tube so comfy on your shoulder. Wheelbase is one of those funny things, some courses you want something short, others you want a bit more stability, but you won’t go wrong with any of those.
Yes this years Kona’s have a disc option, nice bikes the Jakes had an early one about 10 years ago, was very impressed with it.
Personally I own a Cannondale and love it, not ridden the disc ones yet.Posted 4 years agofibreMember
Have you tried the CAADX yet?. I’m loving my Caadx Disc Ultegra so far 🙂 (also a CX newbie).
My local stuff doesn’t really need an MTB so I’ve mostly been using the CX since I started riding it about a month ago, a lot quicker than the MTB over smoother trails until it gets to rutty rooty ground then you have to be a lot more picky about lines, it does make the tamer trails a lot more interesting. I’m enjoying linking stuff with road segments, even with 35mm Small Blocks it rolls well on tarmac, and it’s great for spicing up the commute. It has the usual eyelets and tons of tyre clearance, about 16mm either side on the rear and 8mm either side on the front. Great all rounder and loads of fun 🙂
I upgraded brakes, wheels, tyres, saddle\post so cant comment on those.Posted 4 years agoJamieMember
No amount of clearance is enough for that!
Yeah, they are quite extreme examples.
BMC do seem to have made the stays skinnier on the 2014 bikes, though. Maybe to help with this issue? The orange 105 looks very nice, as well as being sold as an allrounder, which is what I am also after, but £1600….ooof!
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