- Turning road bike into CX?
Had a bit of a bike cull which leaves me without a HT MTB for general fitness duties (which combined with a liking of nice ale is causing problems with my belly..)
Considering i’m really not feeling much love for getting out on the road in the middle of winter – how feasible is it to convert the road bike to more CX/general use? I know the obvious differences in geometry, but will i just destroy every part of the bike by doing this?
I’m not talking mad off road just canal tow paths and the odd XC route. Racy ally frame, ultegra group and carbon fork. Crap wheel set and I’m pretty sure there’s not going to be much chance of getting big tyres on it – road 25’s would be a push. Will I end up in a heap after the first rock with a snapped fork and a handful of spokes missing?Posted 4 years agoconvertSubscriber
A CX bike not only has space for bigger tyres it has a bit of mud clearance too inc no caliper brakes. IMO if this specific frame is tight for 25mm rubber it’s not really the right frame for the job. You are not really talking about turning it into a CX bike, you are talking about using a road bike off road as is..Posted 4 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
Hmm I thought the sticking point would be tyres if the frame would take it.
Really can’t justify another one in the stable so now thinking 2nd hand frame and forks and swapping bits for the winter.
Will 30-35 tyres go on 23c wheels happily or is it new wheels too?Posted 4 years ago
Also assuming the brakes are no go can cx canti style brakes be powered by ultegra road levers? Needs to be a cheap as possible conversion!
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