which cyclocross bike?

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stinger53
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which cyclocross bike?

Postby stinger53 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 19:24 pm

I am looking to buy a cyclocross bike soon as a winter bike and for when i want to do a bit off road. once i've sold my kite surfing kit.
but i dunno what to go for or quite sure on budget as it will depend on how much my kite surfing kit goes for..
But say up to £1000-£1100
I like the look of the cube cross race
but what would you suggest?

Thanks

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Re: which cyclocross bike?

Postby stinger53 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 20:09 pm


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Re: which cyclocross bike?

Postby nawty » Sun Dec 30, 2012 09:38 am

I have very little experience in this but I'll tell you what I was told when looking into these things:

"Not much point in getting a CX bike without disc brakes"

Like I said, I'm not in a position to pass much judgement but this makes sense to me having done a MTB event on a hybrid with rim brakes!

With that in mind, a friend has one of these and it seems to be a very nice bike:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... o-12-45407

Otherwise, if you're happy with rim brakes then the Kona Jake the Snake gets great reviews.
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Re: which cyclocross bike?

Postby arlowood » Sun Dec 30, 2012 09:47 am

Current edition of Cycling Plus has a comparison test of cross bikes all around the £1K price mark.

The one that came out on top was this:-

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pin ... e-ec039562

It was also one of the cheapest on test so give it some consideration.

Only drawback is that Evans are the sole outlet so your bargaining power will be a bit restricted. However they are currently offering £100 worth of accessories on bike orders.

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Re: which cyclocross bike?

Postby stinger53 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:14 pm

arlowood wrote:Current edition of Cycling Plus has a comparison test of cross bikes all around the £1K price mark.

The one that came out on top was this:-

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pin ... e-ec039562

It was also one of the cheapest on test so give it some consideration.

Only drawback is that Evans are the sole outlet so your bargaining power will be a bit restricted. However they are currently offering £100 worth of accessories on bike orders.


cheers. was thinking would it be better just to pick up a hardtail mountain bike instead?

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Re: which cyclocross bike?

Postby nawty » Sun Dec 30, 2012 18:41 pm

Depends entirely on what you're going to do with it...

If it's anything to do with going up muddy hills, down stoney hills, through mud pits then a mountain bike is DEFINITELY the way forward.

My Hybrid, which is basically a cyclocross with straight bars really really struggled with the recent Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus and I REALLY wish I'd had a proper mountain bike, as did my mate on his cyclocross. I used to think suspension was for pussies as the last time I did any mountain biking was nearly 20 years ago, pre-suspension, I take it all back (also fat tyres and LOW gears are a must).

If on the other hand you're going to be doing a fair bit of road riding with some summer trail riding then a CX could well be the way to go.
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Re: which cyclocross bike?

Postby stinger53 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 18:49 pm

nawty wrote:Depends entirely on what you're going to do with it...

If it's anything to do with going up muddy hills, down stoney hills, through mud pits then a mountain bike is DEFINITELY the way forward.

My Hybrid, which is basically a cyclocross with straight bars really really struggled with the recent Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus and I REALLY wish I'd had a proper mountain bike, as did my mate on his cyclocross. I used to think suspension was for pussies as the last time I did any mountain biking was nearly 20 years ago, pre-suspension, I take it all back (also fat tyres and LOW gears are a must).

If on the other hand you're going to be doing a fair bit of road riding with some summer trail riding then a CX could well be the way to go.


cheers yer i think i will go for a hardtail mountian bike and prob a cheap winter bike like the ribble 7005.


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