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    Anybody run a Cross on singletrack?

    I have been riding my cross on single track for the past couple of months. Just went HT but yet to ride? Benefits? Others with similar experiences (notes)?

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    By cross do you mean cyclocross or some sort of hybrid?

    I ride my cyclocross bike on singletrack all the time, but mostly if it's because the trail I want to ride to is far away, or just for a change of pace.

    On all but the tamest singletrack my 29er HT is faster overall. The increased traction and stability allows more focus on maintaining power and pedaling rather than concentrating on holding a line.

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    Sorry....yes I mean cyclocross bike. My HT is so much heavier...any different in getting over obstacles?

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    There is a girl I see quite often on local singletrack in my area on her cross bike. Not just the smooth rolling singletrack either. I see her on the trails with a lot of roots and rocks. It's impressive. Here I am with my 5" of travel thinking i'm doing good on some tough trails and see someone pass me on a cyclocross bike. It must take some focus and good bike handling skills. I've never done it.

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    Yes...

    Quote Originally Posted by tallaire1
    Sorry....yes I mean cyclocross bike. My HT is so much heavier...any different in getting over obstacles?

    Yes there's a difference. Typically, your upper body is stretched out over a CX bike, so it will be more challenging to get it over obstacles because there's more weigh over your handlebars.

    Specifically technique advise will depend on your gender.

    Obviously, you'll be more prone to pinch flatting with a CX bike and you'll have less traction.

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    I too ride my cross bike on the singletrack all the time. It's a nice change of pace on the local trail. The downsides have been covered, less traction, harder getting over some obstacles. I don't jump the cross bike much, but some of the root covered downhill slopes are still easier to jump than ride over without suspension. Last time it was out on the trails was on a new years day ride. Skinny tires and semi-frozen ruts did not work out so well, but I made the lap, and impressed some roadies.

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    I don't ride my Kona Jake cyclocross bike on single track much because it does not have brakes on the handlebars. Instead, the brakes are located on the stems of the handlebars which makes it difficult to go down steep, rugged hills. Our LBS said they would add a second set of brakes on the handlebars but we have been too lazy to do so.

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    I usually have one on the hood and one on the break. It seems to work the best this way, even if I do not have complete control over both brakes.

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    fully_rigid - did you buy your Jake new? They come stock with the normal drop bar levers as well as in-line cross levers along the top of the bars. They're cheap and don't take long to install.

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    we bought it new in fall of 2005 which I think was just before they started including two sets of brakes with the standard install. good to know that a second set is cheap to install.

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    When I had a cross bike, I rode it regularly on singletrack. Quite a lot of fun. Even would catch a little air from time to time. Did a couple of mtb races on it, too (mtb was out of commission at the time, and I still wanted to race, so...)
    A ride a day keeps the therapist away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fully_rigid
    I don't ride my Kona Jake cyclocross bike on single track much because it does not have brakes on the handlebars. Instead, the brakes are located on the stems of the handlebars which makes it difficult to go down steep, rugged hills. Our LBS said they would add a second set of brakes on the handlebars but we have been too lazy to do so.
    fully-rigid - you just need to ride in the drops on the steep downhills. The in-line levers on the tops of the bars are almost useless on singletrack - hands are too close together to steer well. You get best leverage for steering and braking while down in the drops. So stay off the hoods and get in the drops and you will be fine. I actually took the in-line levers off my cross bike because I never used them.
    A ride a day keeps the therapist away.

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    i have, but it's scary with crappy canti brakes. roots and rocks beat me up like crazy, but the flat hard pack is fast as all get out.

    it's fun, but I'm building a HT if that tells you anything

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