Why a Cyclocross?

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Re: Why a Cyclocross?

Postby Calvin27 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:40 pm

Mububban wrote:What's the gearing like on CX bikes? I love my granny gears on my MTB, and I just don't have the legs to push the bigger road gears up hills. Are CX bikes geared somewhere in the middle or do they lean more towards one end of the spectrum?

Usually 36/46 or similar up front, anything from 11-25 up to 11-28. This is rule of thumb though, some bike will come with a bigger casette at the back (up to 32) and/or compact cranks (34/50).

I'f you're worried about gearing, just buy 10 speed sram and stick a massive cassette at the back. My last frankenbuild ran 36 at the back with sram apex. Clutched RD is a bonus too.
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Re: Why a Cyclocross?

Postby BenGr » Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:51 pm

Depends on what bike you are looking at.

My not quite CX bike (Specialized Tricross) came with 50/34, 11-30 cassette, but its fairly common to see 46/36 at the front.

I've taken my tricross touring, changing to a MTB rear derailleur to fit a 36 tooth rear cog, but that is overkill for normal riding.

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Re: Why a Cyclocross?

Postby queequeg » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:58 pm

Mine is 46/38 with 12-32 at the back. SRAM Apex with BB7 Discs
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Re: Why a Cyclocross?

Postby cancan64 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:29 pm

Sunday was a perfect example of why a cyclocross bike... 130km road ride in the morning... Change wheels and hitting the trails in the afternoon


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