To be honest, we ride our 'cross bikes on most mountain bike trails. They are so much faster on certain things and if you're not a gnar-huckster rider (I am not), 'cross bikes can handle it pretty much anything.
i just learned that you're supposed to run tire pressure on cross tires at about 40-45 PSI...i had no idea...no wonder the tires on my first cross bike wore so quickly down the middle.
that said, it's amazing to me how much of the jarring properly inflated tires and a carbon fork take out of the ride.
the last time i an carbon bars on an MTB, i found that they helped to soften the ride a fair amount...would anybody here use a carbon bar on their 'cross?
Nice shot. That is usually the point I start thinking "will I taco my wheels this time...?"
Ariel went on to race Pro BMX, then recently (last few years) started back into short track and cyclocross. Still fast as hell.
Back at Santa Cruz High School, we started a MTB team which consisted of all the mountain kids (many of whom all went to become elite racers). Unfortunately, I was still busting 360's and BMX'ing my way to injury, so the "cycling club" wasn't my thing.
Looking back, I wish I would've moved on from BMX to MTB and cyclocross... but instead I quit bikes altogether (like an idiot).
Ariel has a few recent pics of him crossed up and table topped on his Rock Lobster from some races in Colorado. Like I always say... once a BMX'er - ALWAYS a BMX'er
Disc brake content forgiven. That looks like a real fun bike.
It is fun! Despite having minimal toe rub (running 700 x 42c tires in there...oops)...climbs like a goat and is surprisingly smooth in dirt roads and singletrack. It can keep up with it's fatter-tired brethren hehe.
Here's the creek crossing. Please excuse my annoying Kung Fu theater laugh and my horrible lisp speech impediment. As my brother was crossing, I was very uncomfortable knowing that I was going to have to do it. The water was above the BB in the deepest area - that's why at the end I was, like, "Ah man!".
There was another we had to do. The folks on MTB's were, like, "...on those bikes?!".
Looks like this now
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I've since routed the shifter cables through the bars, shifts the same and is much cleaner.
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Sun 36 spoke CR18s... RhynoLites for road bikes. Holy Jeebus, these things are teeth rattling stiff!!
Yeah... I wanna get me a carbon fork. Steel is better than alu, but not by a lot.
I'm in the middle of a major re-work. New unfinished fork with a longer steerer tube (also steel, like the last one) new Dimension flat-top bars, new 9 speed shifter/brake levers to replace the Dura Ace 8 speed ones.
I don't know if others have come across this before, but while daydreaming about riding some singletrack at work today, I found the "any bike anywhere" manifesto. Pretty cool, it talks about investing in technique and skill instead of investing in technology. My favorite quote: "a road bike is equal to or better than a mountain bike if ridden with skill like I have.”
My favorite quote: "a road bike is equal to or better than a mountain bike if ridden with skill like I have.”
You might insight a riot around here with remarks like that!
I like Kostman (and Grant Petersen) a lot and I've always agreed with that myself. The new AM bikes have opened up the biggest advances in terrain and technology in recent years and watching those guy's ride is amazing. However, for me it comes down to the sheer joy of being outdoors and the combined challenge of balancing my equipment, skills and excitement. Riding a cross bike on all types of trails just makes me smile a bit more for some reason.
Nice XCheck btw, that's the bike that hooked me on CX trail riding!
Riding a cross bike on all types of trails just makes me smile a bit more for some reason.
Agreed! I think it's cool to see people who really focus and excel in one discipline or aspect of cycling. for me, though, i dig the challenge of trying to take my bike as many different places as possible. i also think it's pretty cool to experience something like the type of riding most people did off road prior to the advent of MTB's.
One configuration of my Jamis Coda Elite (Steel Flat bar roadie) now has a Thomson cockpit, and clipless pedals in addition to the 37mm Sweetskins you see mounted on the wheelset in this older pic. There is enough bite to the tire's tread that I definitely take it on local singletrack, and it's a blast.
'If Wal-Mart sold parachutes, who would jump?' Frank Havnoonian (quoting his father) Drexel Hill Cyclery
I can easily keep up with my buddy on his brand new Specialized Epic. I'm on a stock Surly CrossCheck with the exception of FireCross tires and I weigh in at 250lbs. Nothing breaks, nothing gets tweaked. It's all about the line and your ability to flow. I have way more fun on this bike on the singletrack than my mountain bike. It's not the bike that makes things happen, it's the motor.
Damn, this thread is awesome! Lots of great shots, lots of sharp bikes, makes me want to be out in the woods right NOW!
Some of yous need to post better shots of the bikes though...Dion, Antonio...better pics, please!
Never thought I'd experience this, since I'm a roadie, but pick up a cx bike earlier this spring and now I'm full bitten by the bug. Even checking out cx bike shots more than road bikes...and about to trade out one of my road bikes for a second cross steed. Oh wow, my world is getting turned upside down, but in a good way!
well crap. This thread needs moar action.
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