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    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 -- -- 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?
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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...
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    Nice!

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

    Its 15 years old but still rolls the ST pretty good.
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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!
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    ahhh, the feel of steel...what i would GIVE to have a nice steel cross frame!

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    This makes me super excited about my Cross Check getting here this weekend!!!!!

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    photo credit: Skyline35
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    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!
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    Agreed, cross bikes are great fun on trails. It certainly makes you appreciate fat tires and suspension.


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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.
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    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.
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    heartland and ianick both have good taste in saddles.

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    i've considered turning my road bike into a cross bike, but can you do that?

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    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.
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    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.

    Local trails ala cx from Andy Wardman on Vimeo.

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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!
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    Not me but this is from a few years ago.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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...
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    Don't have may pics of my CX on single track, but here's a "gnarcore" vid:


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    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.


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    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.
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    its fun but lotsa flats
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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...
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