Road Bike = Cross Bike
I’ve stupidly entered HTN 3 in Feb with some mates and i’m wondering which bike to use.
I’ve got a Charge Juicer steel road bike and a Turner 5 Spot. The turner will be overkill with all the mud so i’m thinking of sticking some cx tyres on my road bike and use that. Will my road bike split in to pieces like my mates think it will? I’m thinking that with it being steel it should hold it up well.Posted 6 years agoneil853Subscriber
I’m having a similar dilema in what bike to use, I have a Boardman CX bike but to be honest my Blur LTc with mud tyres was OK last year. having only riden my CX bike off road a few times (bought as a commuter) I’m still not really used to its off road handling……..Posted 6 years agotraildogMember
If you do run cross tyres on the 5 spot, you might want to harden the suspension up, otherwise the bike will be so low that you’ll be bashing the pedals all the time.
I’ve never had much success with small skinny tyres on a mountain bike, I find it made the wheels feel so small that they didn’t roll over even simple bumps easily. I found larger tyres faster, even with the added weight.
I don’t know the frame, but I’m imagining that you’ll struggle with clearance on your road bike, as others have said. Even if the frame has clearance, you’ll struggle with the brakes unless they’re cantis. Clearance is an issue with real cross bikes when it gets probably muddy.
I’d go 5 spot with xc race mud tyres.Posted 6 years ago
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