• 08-02-2011
    heartland
    Cross Bikes on Singletrack - Post Your Photos
    Lately I've fallen in love with riding my cross bike (a more or less standard issue Cross-Check) on my local mountain bike trails, and I know there are many others on here who also take their cross rigs on singletrack adventures. So let's see your photos!

    Now, it's my hope that this thread won't have too much discussion about whether or not cross bikes are better than mountain bikes for trail riding. That's been beat to death already. Let's just say that it's a different experience. Are your everyday trails getting too bland for you? Try riding them with 32mm tires, no suspension, and drop bars. Riding a cross bike on singletrack will make you a better rider, I think. You have to pay attention to line choice and ride with as much finesse as you can muster. And bros on full squish bikes give you looks like this -- :eek: -- that are just precious.

    Also, letís please keep the ďthatís not a cross bikeĒ banter to a minimum. Iím hoping to mainly see (relatively) skinny tires, canti brakes, drop bars, and so on, but debating the semantics of whether a particular bike is actually a cross bike or a monster cross bike or a drop bar 29er with skinny tires is boring. Anyone caught doing so will be ridiculed thusly.

    Posed pics are good. Action shots will receive a hearty slap on the back.

    Here are a couple to start things off:

    mah beloved bike:


    a lil rock ride:




    a lil log:


    Aight, whatchu got?
  • 08-02-2011
    mikeb
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    yes, it's a cheap cross bike...but it's bad ass...mt tam, kirby cove, the 42's i was running for a while and a view from the bars on the many trails in golden gate park. alas, the frame is broken and i am waiting for word from the shop...
  • 08-02-2011
    heartland
    Nice!

    Sorry to hear your frame broke. Another fallen soldier... Good luck getting another one - any hope for a warranty replacement?
  • 08-02-2011
    tg
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    My La Cruz loves dirt
    Its 15 years old but still rolls the ST pretty good.
  • 08-02-2011
    mikeb
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Nice!

    Sorry to hear your frame broke. Another fallen soldier... Good luck getting another one - any hope for a warranty replacement?

    waiting for word from performance who is waiting for word from schwinn or whatever conglomerate owns the schwinn name nowadays...good thing i wash my bikes every once and a while or i might not have noticed!
  • 08-02-2011
    mikeb
    ahhh, the feel of steel...what i would GIVE to have a nice steel cross frame!
  • 08-02-2011
    pointerDixie214
    This makes me super excited about my Cross Check getting here this weekend!!!!!
  • 08-02-2011
    CHUM

    photo credit: Skyline35
  • 08-02-2011
    heartland
    tg - nice bike, and that trail doesn't look too shabby either. Bet that sage smells sweet.

    pointer - I think you'll like the CC. It's not the most exotic bike ever, but it's a solid, versatile workhorse of a bike. Puts a smile on my face, at any rate.

    chum - way to get rad. That's a great shot. A hearty slap on the back for you, good sir!
  • 08-02-2011
    ianick
    Agreed, cross bikes are great fun on trails. It certainly makes you appreciate fat tires and suspension.

  • 08-02-2011
    tg
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    One more shot of my LaCruz
    The best shot I think. Kinda hard to find a Salsa made in the USA.
  • 08-03-2011
    heartland
    ianick - I'm diggint that set up, man. It's a randonneur, it's a cross bike. It's a... randonnecross? Crossandonneur? It's rad.

    tg - That certainly gives you some bragging rights. Glad it's treated you so well for so long. Which Ritchy tire is that? I'm digging the looks of those sideknobs.
  • 08-03-2011
    dm1333
    heartland and ianick both have good taste in saddles.
  • 08-03-2011
    TwoNin9r
    i've considered turning my road bike into a cross bike, but can you do that?
  • 08-03-2011
    heartland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dm1333 View Post
    heartland and ianick both have good taste in saddles.

    My ass has very discriminating (and expensive!) taste.


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dm1333 View Post
    i've considered turning my road bike into a cross bike, but can you do that?

    Kinda sorta. Depends on the frame - most modern road frames (and most roadie brake calipers) don't have room for big ol' knobby tires. Most road wheels aren't going to take the abuse that off-roadin' is going to dish out either.
  • 08-04-2011
    heartland
    This is not my video, but I've posted it here on mtbr before. It's well worth watching - this guy is a certified badass.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/11695455?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/11695455">Local trails ala cx</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2018660">Andy Wardman</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  • 08-04-2011
    rjwall
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    A thread after my own heart! Singletrack on a cyclocross bike is a blast. i like the idea of finding the limits of a given bike. Depending on the day, when i find it's limit, i either shoulder the bike and hike through a technical part, or i take a little spill!
  • 08-04-2011
    wg
    Not me but this is from a few years ago.

    <img src="http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=576156&d=1288147727">
  • 08-04-2011
    heartland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rjwall View Post
    A thread after my own heart! Singletrack on a cyclocross bike is a blast. i like the idea of finding the limits of a given bike. Depending on the day, when i find it's limit, i either shoulder the bike and hike through a technical part, or i take a little spill!

    Hey, waitabloominsecond... that's Brown Co. State Park in your first pic, right? You in Indiana?


    wg - That's an awesome shot.
  • 08-05-2011
    rjwall
    good eye, yeah it's brown co state park. I'm in cincinnati, OH, which is about 2 hours from there. Great park, I spent two solid days barely repeating a trail.
  • 08-05-2011
    PAmtbiker
    Two people finished the Wilderness 101 last weekend on cross bikes. One was running more of a "monster cross" bike with fat tires, and the other a Moots SS cross bike with 34c tires. Both on disk brakes. I think the SS guy ran 34x16 or something stupid high like that... and he finished in 8.5 hrs... basa$$ mofo...
  • 08-05-2011
    Black Bart
    Don't have may pics of my CX on single track, but here's a "gnarcore" vid:

    <iframe width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VZqBEHs5AeQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 08-05-2011
    heartland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PAmtbiker View Post
    Two people finished the Wilderness 101 last weekend on cross bikes. One was running more of a "monster cross" bike with fat tires, and the other a Moots SS cross bike with 34c tires. Both on disk brakes. I think the SS guy ran 34x16 or something stupid high like that... and he finished in 8.5 hrs... basa$$ mofo...

    Just hearing that makes my thighs ache and my calves burn. Hats off to them, for reals.


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Black Bart
    Don't have may pics of my CX on single track, but here's a "gnarcore" vid:

    Videos are perfectly acceptable. That's a fun lookin' log pile. It'd be ultra-gnarcore if you crushed a can of Redbull on your head before and/or after riding the log pile. :D
  • 08-05-2011
    SlowerThenSnot
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    its fun but lotsa flats :D
  • 08-05-2011
    Zen_Turtle
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    Few shots, riding at night on singletrack is even more fun on a CX bike.
    Then you can tell this is my fav bike on snow...
  • 08-05-2011
    Andy Pancroft
    Being a roadie for 30 years and recently picking up a couple Niners, I do feel a little more comfy on CX bike than the mbt.
  • 08-05-2011
    Psycho Mike
    I don't have any photos hanging around, but spring and fall when the Cx bike has knobbies on it (it does commuting duty in the summer, so it gets the slick treatment) I hit the MUTs and ST on my Jake. It's mostly stock other than a custom set of wheels (Mavic A719's laced to Hope Pro III hubs), upgraded brakes (Avid Shorty 6's), an 11-32 XT cassette and LX rear derailleur.

    I used it for the Ride to Conquer Cancer for a couple years and road gearing wasn't doing me any favours on the big hills when I had the panniers loaded (I rode and was a medical volunteer)... and seeing as I prefer to run "my own" wheels, I took the opportunity to upgrade :)
  • 08-05-2011
    sbocher
    What tire pressure are you guys running? Ive been thinking about taking my cross check for a spin on some st but havent had the motivation until I saw this thread.
  • 08-06-2011
    heartland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sbocher View Post
    What tire pressure are you guys running? Ive been thinking about taking my cross check for a spin on some st but havent had the motivation until I saw this thread.

    For singletrack, I generally run about 35 lbs front and 40 lbs back. I tried going lower but got tired of patching snakebit tubes. If I'm mostly riding road on a given day, I'll go a little higher. (This is with Ritchey Speedmax tires, btw.)
  • 08-06-2011
    sbocher
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    For singletrack, I generally run about 35 lbs front and 40 lbs back. I tried going lower but got tired of patching snakebit tubes. If I'm mostly riding road on a given day, I'll go a little higher. (This is with Ritchey Speedmax tires, btw.)

    Thanks! I know what I'm doing tomorrow!
  • 08-07-2011
    RBowles
    One of my bike freinds took his cross bike down hemlock tunnel at carvins cove va. He said it was the hardest descent he'd ever made on a bike. He complained of his forearms burning from the v brakes. I thought it was pretty bada$$ of him to tackle such a steep trail on a cross bike.:D

    I have another friend that crashed on some singletrack with a cross bike and he's telling me he's never taking the cross bike up there again.:D
  • 08-08-2011
    ruylopez
    My cross bike before and after powdercoat, I ride this bike the most as I can ride it from the house to the trail. Single Speed 39x18, super fast rips up single track.
    Surly cross check frame size 56
    King hubs/headset
    Salsa delgado cross wheels
    salsa woodchipper bars
    panaracer firecross front 45cc
    wtb allterain rear 38cc
    thomson stem and post
    silverado seat


  • 08-08-2011
    heartland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ruylopez View Post

    I'm digging that paint, man. A really nice shade, and those red bits accent it well. Nice work!

    How do you like the firecross up front?
  • 08-08-2011
    jerry68


    A CX bike is the ultimate "do it all" machine.
  • 08-08-2011
    Mellow Yellow
    Like...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wg View Post
    Not me but this is from a few years ago.

    <img src="http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=576156&d=1288147727">

    I don't own a cyclecross bike, but I can appreciate them. great picture:thumbsup:
  • 08-08-2011
    ruylopez
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    I'm digging that paint, man. A really nice shade, and those red bits accent it well. Nice work!

    How do you like the firecross up front?

    The firecross has saved my ass time and time again, i push this bike hard in the corners and the firecross never lets me down. This is my superman bike.
  • 08-08-2011
    VA2SLOride
    guessing the trail.......
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tg View Post
    Its 15 years old but still rolls the ST pretty good.


    .....someplace off Hwy 20 around milepost 17 in Central Oregon??
  • 08-13-2011
    lawfarm

    vaya trees

    My trusty Ti steed...
  • 08-13-2011
    mikeb
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    not singletrack today but long, grinding fire roads. the carbon fork makes a big difference. it's the first time i've ever ridden one.
  • 08-13-2011
    heartland
    Good looking bike, mikeb.

    I guess that the frame warranty worked out for you after all, huh?
  • 08-13-2011
    251
    One of the first rides (winter 2006) on my Gunnar Crosshairs. These wheels didn't last too long. It was a learning experience.



    I've started racing it in actual cx races recently. Here it is yesterday at the PACC CX No. 5 in Adelaide, SA. The course included some singletrack.

  • 08-14-2011
    JSumner13
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DJ Sexy Beast View Post
    Which part of "Cross Bikes on Singletrack - Post Your Photos" is confusing for you?

    Being a mountain bike forum, it's expected that this will turn into a "post your cross bikes" thread. Who cares if it's on a fire road. Lighten up dude and enjoy the sweet rides being posted:D
  • 08-14-2011
    perttime
    I've never had a CX bike but here's a couple of old pics of local guys riding our local trails:



  • 08-14-2011
    mikeb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DJ Sexy Beast View Post
    Which part of "Cross Bikes on Singletrack - Post Your Photos" is confusing for you?

    chill pills for you and everybody else that carries that stick around up their ass...:thumbsup::nono::eekster::ciappa::devil::lol ::prft::yikes::drumroll:
  • 08-14-2011
    mikeb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DJ Sexy Beast View Post
    You're confusing me being uptight with me laughing. (insert inane smilies here!)

    Bring on more boring pics of bikes leaning again posts! Yee haw!

    kind of hard to do when you ride by yourself...:confused:
  • 08-14-2011
    heartland
    DJ, mikeb: Am I going to have to separate you two?

    As original originator and grand patriarch of this here thread, I say everything that's been posted so far is awesome. Just what I was hoping to see.

    Now, moar pichers!!1! Moar rad-getting!
  • 08-14-2011
    heartland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 251 View Post


    I'm glad to see that you've found a good recovery drink. Digging that Salsa stem too.
  • 08-14-2011
    JAGI410
    Fun day of riding today near Detroit Lakes, MN.









    Note the bar tape in the last pic. A tree branch decided bar tape wasn't welcomed in the woods and took a swipe at it.
  • 08-14-2011
    Dion






    Yeah, we crossed it. Get it? CROSSED IT?!

  • 08-14-2011
    Dion
    From today's ride.



    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.