- Show me your CX bikes…
I’ve got this on loan at the moment…
I’d never ridden a CX bike before yesterday, and now I’m totally in love! It’s our demo bike at work, and a rider we sponsor has it to race CX in the winter on, but as he’s not using it at the moment I asked to borrow it for HONC this coming weekend. Thought I’d better get on it and familiarise myself with it, and I’m staggered how good it is! I don’t just mean that it can do both road and offroad, but just how little compromise there is on both. Seemingly on road, my speed is only about 1-1.5mph lower everywhere than on my Carbon road bike (even on the 33c Maxxis Raze knobblies) and offroad, it’s faster almost everywhere than my MTB’s except for technical DH sections, but even then, it’s remarkably adept. On fast, flowing DH’s, I’m as quick on it, if not quicker than on my Hardtail, cos it’s ridiculously quick and capable. I’ve even found that because of how good the disc brakes are, I’m not bothering using the Cross top levers, but am braking from the hoods (as I would on my road bike) and still have plenty enough braking power to control for any situation, but more control because of the wider hand position.
Now I know the Whyte geometry upsets the CX purists, but by god it’s good! VERY much thinking of ordering one for myself…
So let’s see your CX bikes!Posted 5 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Rose Pro DX Cross 4400: http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/rose-pro-dx-cross-4400-compact-612199/aid:612230
(New. Only ridden it a few times so can’t really comment on the handling. Comes with Racing Ralphs, but Conti slicks on here for road duties)Posted 5 years agobigrichMember
if you want to be dead cheap the hong fu CX frames are mighty cheap, and mighty familiar.Posted 5 years agoeskayMember
I have several different styles of bike from full on time trial, road, fixed and MTB but my CX bike is my favourite.
Great for commuting on and off road(picture taken on the way to work last week!). Great for hacking around on and racing (I have only managed one event so far).Posted 5 years agoglobaltiMember
Not really a CX bike; more a cross-purpose bike but it’s faster than a mountain bike up hill and along the flat, terrible on downhills and superb for stooging around, carrying paniers and covering long distances in comfort on mixed routes.
Took this the day I bought it, hence the silly pedals.
Posted 5 years ago
Some great bikes so far guys. Keep em coming!
What’s the consensus for (clincher, preferably tubeless compatible) tyres for CX? This Whyte I’m using has Maxxis Raze 33c’s on and they seem pretty good in the dirt, if not the fastest tyre I’ve ridden on road. What do you run?
Also, anyone use their CX bike as more of an alternative to one of their MTB’s, rather than just race on it? I’m liking this Whyte cos it handles much more like an MTB than I was expecting (slack head angle probably helps), but most CX bikes still seem to have 72+ degree head angles.Posted 5 years agomanxambassadorMember
Not strictly a CX bike but here is a pic of my new Kinesis Tripster on its maiden voyage in CX guise. Still need to figure out the correct stem height etc hence the towering stack. Took it out with 28mm Road tyres tonight ant it feels planted compared to my old Kona Zing. Had a few issues in actually getting my hands on the bike but initial feeling is it was worth the wait.Posted 5 years agobenmanMember
With regards to tubeless CX tyres – currently running Kenda SB8’s tubeless – can be picked up for £35 a pair on ebay.
Haven’t raced on either of my CX bikes (yet, quite fancying the 3 peaks this year) and use them out of preference over the MTB on my local trails. Selling my hardtail has crossed my mind more than once…Posted 5 years ago
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