CX bikes

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Chevrolegs, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. Chevrolegs

    Chevrolegs Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield, ca.
    Name:
    Steven
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Question for those of you who own CX bikes..

    I don’t know much about geometry and I’m in the market for a new bike..

    Do CX bikes have similar geometry to road bikes?

    I want to get a bike that I can ride on the dirt and road.. and then get an extra wheel set strictly for the road for possible future racing. What, if any, are the negatives in doing this?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. riiz

    riiz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Redlands, CA
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Heckler/Killmaleon
    Usually CX bikes are more relaxed, so you get a more upright position and a slightly higher bottom bracket. I used a Surly Crosscheck as my road bike for over 5 years before giving up road riding, and turning it into a townie.
     
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  3. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    What riiz said is pretty spot on. Though bottom brackets have come down a bit on CX bikes in general. Nearly all CX bikes now are also disc brake. Hydro at that.
    Some people use CX bikes to race. I don't race road. Before I got a road bike I did exactly what you propose. Had two wheelsets and switched back and forth.
     
  4. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    I don't think there are any downsides. Other than crit racing and time-trialing, having a versatile bike that fits fat tires is amazing! Comfortable on long road rides. You see a trail going off the road you want to check out... go for it!
    Having multiple wheelsets is a big plus, but I've found I don't change them out, and instead leave on the more useful (And heavier, with fatter tires) set. Disc brakes make changes of different sized wheels doable. A 650X48B tire like the WTB Horizon is pretty amazing. But changes wheels of the same size (700C) is NOT a big deal with cantis/V-brakes.
    IMHO, the best bang for your buck right now is the Macho Man Disc: http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/archive/macho_man_disc_orange with the Straggler a close second: http://surlybikes.com/bikes/straggler (I like reasonably priced steel bikes). But look around for closeouts at Jenson and elsewhere, there are a LOT of good bikes out there right now!
     
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  5. Chevrolegs

    Chevrolegs Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield, ca.
    Name:
    Steven
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Thanks for the help guys! I'm going to try and make this happen!
     
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  6. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl MTB Addict

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    If you are still in Bako, I work at Sniders on Union and can help you out.
     
  7. kioti

    kioti MTB Addict

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
  8. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
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  9. Chevrolegs

    Chevrolegs Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield, ca.
    Name:
    Steven
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Thanks for the offer.. but I left Bakersfield a couple years ago. 4 years was enough for me :) I'm back in OC now! Yahoooo
     
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  10. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Bakersfield and the North Coles Levee Oil Field will always maintain a special place in my heart. I remember the billboards along SR 119 stating that if you lived in Taft, you’d be home by now.
     
  11. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    There will be blood!
     
  12. Chevrolegs

    Chevrolegs Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield, ca.
    Name:
    Steven
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    I miss the West Side Parkway.... NO. TRAFFIC. EVER.
     
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  13. BigTex

    BigTex Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Richard
    Current Bike:
    Pivot Les
    A dirt/gravel-capable road bike (but probably not a true gravel bike) is my choice to replace my current road bike. The BMC Road Machine is leading the pack at the moment.
     
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  14. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    SoCal Cross rents bikes for real cheap. Next race is in Riverside next weekend. That was my first cross race last year and I did it on my 1986 Bridgestone roadie with 23mm slicks!

    Honestly, if you're not all about being #1, any cross our adventure type bike of your choice will be great. I race cross for fun only, so mine is a low budget bike and it's a blast (used Cannondale CAADX). I've used the same bike going up Loch Leven, PO Loop, adds SART. A friend races a Van Dessel WTF.

    If you can, at least try and check out a race and see what people are riding. If you can ride a 54 you can borrow mine for a test. CX is very spectator friendly, and a little nuts.
     
  15. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl MTB Addict

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    Still no traffic on it
     
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  16. DBMX119

    DBMX119 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Rick McKee
    I have a Niner BSB9 CX bike that I use for cross, road, gravel, mountain biking, etc. I love it and it is the most versatile bike I have.

    I plan on getting a set of wheels that will hold more pressure and mounting up true road tires. I rarely ride my "road bike" anymore and instead ride the CX bike and mix in at least a little dirt.

    Here's a few examples of rides I've done on it:
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1230295552

    https://www.strava.com/activities/804929059

    I ran into J and a few others from here at 4 corners on this ride. It had rained for a few days before and it was wet and COLD:
    https://www.strava.com/activities/839847443
     
  17. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    CX bikes can do just about anything a MTB can... you just have to go a lot slower doing it!
     
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  18. DBMX119

    DBMX119 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Rick McKee
    Not gong up hill! Haha.
     
  19. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    Heading down "The Plunge"
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  20. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    I still have a KOM at Sycamore on a climb when I demo'ed a Pivot Vault :)
     
  21. OTHRider

    OTHRider Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Duke
    Current Bike:
    '14 Giant TCX SLR2 Cross Bike
    I didn't have to change much on sentiment. I ride a LOT more since I got the CX bike. To be fair I have made sure to ride the Heckler at least once a year. If I had to get a new ride, it would be the Salsa Cutthroat. I don't race, only ride and that bike was near perfection for me.
     
  22. Chevrolegs

    Chevrolegs Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield, ca.
    Name:
    Steven
    Current Bike:
    Bronson

    Thanks for the reply and I’m glad you’re loving your niner!.... because I just pulled the trigger on one! Jenson seemed to have a great deal that I couldn’t pass up!!! Can’t wait to pick it up!
     
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  23. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley V3, Ibis Tranny
    Which one did you get? I just picked up the 3-star steel version from them yesterday.
     
  24. Chevrolegs

    Chevrolegs Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield, ca.
    Name:
    Steven
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
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    I got this bad boy! I'll be hopefully picking it up in a few hours.
     
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  25. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I hate you all...you're gonna make me go buy another bike. The Salsa Vaya looks perfect.
     
  26. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS

    I think that except for roadie purists and racers....it is hard to argue not running a CX bike. It’s just so much more versatile.
     
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  27. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    This X 1,000... versatility is king. And that comes with the capacity for running larger tires.
     
  28. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    GREAT!!!
     
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  29. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley V3, Ibis Tranny
    Congrats, that's a nice ride! I swapped out the Schwalbe G-One's for some Maxxis Rambler 40's set up tubeless yesterday and did a quick spin around the area on some dirt. It was a blast.
     
  30. Chevrolegs

    Chevrolegs Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield, ca.
    Name:
    Steven
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Just called jenson hoping I’d be able to pick it up today, but they said it takes 3-5 business days from the order to assemble the bike. Bummer!
     
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