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    Is Your Cross Bike Your Go To Bike Now?

    I started on road bikes way back in the day...got serious about mountain biking a little over a decade ago and mountain biking is all I did..hardly touched my road bike...a few years ago I started messing with cross bikes..now it seems every time I go for a ride I grab my cross bike..where the road used to bore me..I find I am seeking out gravel roads to go explore...I ride it on xc trails around here even though I still have perfectly good mountain bikes...for the past year I have hardly touched my mountain bikes as I always grab a cross bike instead...maybe it is just me..maybe counseling would help...just wondering if anyone else suffers from this illness?

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    I ride my cross bike WAY more than my mtb...I've probably done at least 30 miles on the cx for every mile I've done on the mtb.

    But that's mainly because as much as I enjoy it, riding the mtb is just a PITA. Pack all my gear, load the bike into the car, drive 45 min to the trail, then pack it all back up and drive home sweaty and dirty. With the cx on the other hand, since it's basically a road bike, I just bring it down the stairs to the sidewalk, jump on it and go. I don't have any gravel roads or trails handy, but just being out on the bike is fun.
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    Yeah and since getting a 29er I keep finding myself wanting to put drop bars on it and ditch the front fork for a rigid fork..

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    It was my go to bike till I bought my Moonlander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    It was my go to bike till I bought my Moonlander.
    I REALLY want one of those! Looked at a Krampus the other day that was really cool too. I just have a hard time seeing what makes them worth the almost 2k they want for them.
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    Nah, these days I think I ride my MTB a little bit more than my CX. I'm still very happy to have my CX bike though for when the MTB trails are too muddy, or when I just want to ride without driving anywhere.
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    It is my go to bike when not riding trails. Although I do ride my cross bikes on trails sometimes as well. I started riding road and then got into mountain bikes about 3 years ago. I didn't even know what cross was until 2.5 years ago when I had friends that were racing. So I bought a used cx bike and raced for a season. Now I have 2 geared cx'ers and SSCX. I sold the road bike and just change wheelsets.

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    My CX bike is my road bike, so it gets more miles than either my MTB or my dedicated commuter since I also use my CX bike as a fair weather commuter and also for occasional light trail riding in addition actual cross races and training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    It was my go to bike till I bought my Moonlander.
    Picture!

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    Half and half with my Ridley and Mukluk. Ridley is faster but Muk is full of fat bike fun.

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    Probably half and half for me as well. I enjoy the cx for being able to ride all sorts of stuff right out of my garage, but my true love is still my ss mtn bike.
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    Wanted a cross bike. Tore down my road bike and built up a cross frame with most of the parts. Now my cross bike is my cross bike and my road bike. Couldn't be happier.

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    Therapy, my CX bike is my counseling. Where I live there is 130+ km of mixed-surface riding withing a 20 km radius. Everything from rail trail, old access road, farm lanes, singletrack, double track, crushed paths through conservation areas. That doesn't include dirt roads. The singletrack is fun, but unfortunately only comes in small sections connected by the other types of trails. Plus the singletrack is mostly clay based, hard packed and CX friendly. So while an MTB is fun around here, a CX bike rules the roost.

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    My mountain bike still gets as much use as ever (I have a world class trail system about 2-3 miles from my house), but the cross bike has certainly pushed the road bike aside. Lots of dirt roads where I live, so the cross bike quadruples the the riding I can do compared to the road bike. Plus, it is a lot more fun riding dirt roads than paved ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D0rk View Post
    Wanted a cross bike. Tore down my road bike and built up a cross frame with most of the parts. Now my cross bike is my cross bike and my road bike. Couldn't be happier.
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    First post and very similar to D0rk. Long time roadie now with no road bike and only a CX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXTony View Post
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    doing this from my phone so i hope it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    I REALLY want one of those! Looked at a Krampus the other day that was really cool too. I just have a hard time seeing what makes them worth the almost 2k they want for them.
    sorry to hijack, but I have a Krampus and I can tell you it is the most fun I have had on a bike. It begs to be ridden fast and thrown into corners.

    now I also use my 'cross bike as my primary ride all the time. I commute, do fast road rides, race cyclocross, do gravel rides and do some mountain biking. Although I do not do much mountain biking anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    Bike specs with pics

    doing this from my phone so i hope it works
    Dude that is a tight rig

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    Quote Originally Posted by clydeone View Post
    sorry to hijack, but I have a Krampus and I can tell you it is the most fun I have had on a bike. It begs to be ridden fast and thrown into corners.
    I'm sure it's a sh!tload of fun, but it's sure spendy! $1,950 for a rigid bike with mid-level components .... it's like paying a grand just for the wheels and big tires (at least IMO).

    That's cool you have one though...I can't say I'm not a little jealous.
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    I just did the dirt fondo race ( Dirt Fondo : Fire Road Cycling ) on my cross bike. I commute to work on my cross bike and my training rides are a mix of road, dirt roads and trail rides.

    I currently have mllly MTB for sale so I can buy the new Niner ROS 9 or a Moots Mooto X RSL frame. I'm also thinking about selling my road bike to pick up one of the new 2014 Cruxs ( Specialized CruX Cyclocross Bike Line-up 2014 - BikeRadar )
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    I'm sure it's a sh!tload of fun, but it's sure spendy! $1,950 for a rigid bike with mid-level components .... it's like paying a grand just for the wheels and big tires (at least IMO).

    That's cool you have one though...I can't say I'm not a little jealous.
    Yep I built mine from a frameset. And it was close to a grand for the frameset + rims + tires. Mine is primarily SLX except brakes which are XT hydros. I probably wound up under 2k with some smart shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clydeone View Post
    Yep I built mine from a frameset. And it was close to a grand for the frameset + rims + tires. Mine is primarily SLX except brakes which are XT hydros. I probably wound up under 2k with some smart shopping.
    Thats a nice build...I toyed around with the idea of getting one just for the fun factor but thing I am gonna build a drop bar 29er with a rigid fork...or may build up a WFO..

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    No way! Drop bar bikes are okay but never win my soul.

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    All last season it was my G.T.B. for trail riding and on the road. I rode my MTB maybe 10 times or less. Its been pretty much the same so far this season, but in the last month or so I have been doing more MTB rides. Enough rides in fact that when I got the chance to get a new 29" MTB I jumped on it. Now I doubt my cross bike will see dirt until the end of September when the racing starts. Its still my road bike.

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    Nice thread. I've been riding my cross bike more lately as I just moved to the Seattle area from SoCal. There's a lot of great mountain biking destinations in Western Washington but it's all load up and drive, but there isn't any decent out driveway stuff like I was used to in California. There are a couple of state parks nearby with 'ok' trails but they are pretty tame and you start to feel like a dog chasing it's tail going round and round trying to rack up miles and climbing.

    For rides during the week and when I only get an hour or two on Saturday mornings, my cross bike has been my go to and I've been putting together nice multi-surface loops out of the driveway. I'm getting my "fix" of around 20 miles and 2000 feet of climbing this way. I'm currently riding a 2005-ish Redline Conquest Pro. It's alu. with a carbon fork.

    I'm doing more and more road rides with it and I'm leaning towards getting a more race oriented, current gen. cross bike like a Ridley and an extra set of wheels so I can run slicks. I don't want to go full roadie and get a road bike as I prefer to have a cross bike and keep the mindset of always looking for new connectors (old railroad beds, powerline roads, foo-foo IMBAified trails) to use as connections. I love being able to do a nice road climb on a quiet street and then instead of having to take a busy road to get to the next climb or side road I can jump on a greenbelt path or powerline road. That's what's great about the cross bike. However, I'd like a little more racer/compact/modern frame as I do want to get a set of road wheels for the random road ride with folks from work. Any advice appreciated. I'm leaning towards an Alu. Ridley with carbon fork. Prefer to stick with V brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellyc View Post
    Nice thread. I've been riding my cross bike more lately as I just moved to the Seattle area from SoCal. There's a lot of great mountain biking destinations in Western Washington but it's all load up and drive, but there isn't any decent out driveway stuff like I was used to in California. There are a couple of state parks nearby with 'ok' trails but they are pretty tame and you start to feel like a dog chasing it's tail going round and round trying to rack up miles and climbing.

    For rides during the week and when I only get an hour or two on Saturday mornings, my cross bike has been my go to and I've been putting together nice multi-surface loops out of the driveway. I'm getting my "fix" of around 20 miles and 2000 feet of climbing this way. I'm currently riding a 2005-ish Redline Conquest Pro. It's alu. with a carbon fork.

    I'm doing more and more road rides with it and I'm leaning towards getting a more race oriented, current gen. cross bike like a Ridley and an extra set of wheels so I can run slicks. I don't want to go full roadie and get a road bike as I prefer to have a cross bike and keep the mindset of always looking for new connectors (old railroad beds, powerline roads, foo-foo IMBAified trails) to use as connections. I love being able to do a nice road climb on a quiet street and then instead of having to take a busy road to get to the next climb or side road I can jump on a greenbelt path or powerline road. That's what's great about the cross bike. However, I'd like a little more racer/compact/modern frame as I do want to get a set of road wheels for the random road ride with folks from work. Any advice appreciated. I'm leaning towards an Alu. Ridley with carbon fork. Prefer to stick with V brakes.
    I was in a similiar situation when I realized I was using my cross bike for pretty much 90 per cent of my riding. I ended up getting a Cannondale Super X. With road wheels and tires it will scoot along pretty good. I went from an aluminum cross bike to a carbon. Got a good deal on it on close out. I to have stuck with rim brakes so far as they have met my needs to this point. Kind of like you I find myself doing 30-40 mile loops with varied terrain.

    After getting the Cannondale I decided to use the parts from my aluminum rig and build another bike. Ended up building up a Surly Cross Check. I have to say I really like the way the bike feels. Have not really put it through anything hard yet. In road mode with skinny tires it holds it own. Gonna through some bigger tires on it and some gravel rides and see how it does. Not the lightest bike around but the more I ride it the more I am liking it. It is kind of nice having a bike that allows so many options in set up.

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    My Cross Check is ABSOLUTELY my go-to bike since I got it. Its fast. Its zippy. I can ride just about anywhere with comfort and speed with 32mm Paselas. I don't care that its a little heavier than a normal "road" bike - its light enough for me. Like all the rest of you stuck in surburbia, I'm not fortunate enough have singletrack out my backdoor. If I've only got time for a quick ride, I grab the Check and go. The LHT is my choice for heavy loads or kid-hauling, but I could set up the Check to handle that too, if I wanted or needed. Ditto singletrack - a quick tire change and I'm tearing it up. Don't think I could lavish enough praise on this bike.

    Yes, this is a fun thread. The CX forum must have mellowed out in recent times. Folks in here used to get pretty grumpy with you if you weren't posting strictly about racing. Glad to see that changed.
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    I ride my road bike on the roads, my cross bike on gravel and my mtb on singletrack. I split it up pretty even but always choose the right bike for the type of riding I do.
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