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?!".
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.