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    Pacer for racing CycloCross?

    Does anyone use a Pacer for CX? I had a CrossCheck a while back and raced it. It was stolen and I couldn't replace it till now. But now I'm thinking of using a Pacer. 32s are fat enough and caliper brakes are good enough for SoCal. I don't need the horizontal rear dropouts or braze ons for racks. The Pacer is real clean looking front to back, and I like the horizontal TT. So,,,Anybody use their Pacer to race CX?
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    Do it! Sounds justified to me.

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    I'd just be concerned about tire clearance. Not so much the width, just the possibility of the tops of the tires hitting the fork crown and seatstay brace. I used to have an old steel trek 760 I used as a commuter. Had plenty of width for cross tires, but they'd rub the aforementioned places. Brake clearance may be another issue, but long-reach road calipers might do it...

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    There's a Pacer with 35c tires on it over on the Pacer thread.

    I say do it. I've ridden side pulls in mud and gravel and rain with few problems. Braking isn't stong, but it's strong enough.
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    Why not a CC? I think the tubing is the same just the brakes and the geo differ. The CC is better suited to cyclocross. I have a CC and have lusted after a pacer (I think caliper brakes are simpler/cleaner) but I decided the CC was hard to beat.

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    Yeah, given that you are looking at a new frame, I would probably go with the Cross Check. The tubing is the same, and you can run fatter tires, better brakes, and even fenders if you want. I would just worry that you may find the Pacer somewhat limiting in the long run.

    But maybe not. It is just a bike after all: buy what you lust after and justify it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ugly_gramps
    Why not a CC? I think the tubing is the same just the brakes and the geo differ. The CC is better suited to cyclocross. I have a CC and have lusted after a pacer (I think caliper brakes are simpler/cleaner) but I decided the CC was hard to beat.
    I had a CC before. (It was stolen.) For me, the inbetween spacing was annoying. I don't have any mountain bikes anymore. I don't intend to go single speed with this bike or put racks on it. With the Pacer, I can get a taller bike with a level top tube. A size 58 pacer will put me in almost the same place as a 56 CC. But I did like that CC and the Blue one is very nice looking.

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    i had a tuxedo blue pacer and I fit 32 michelin cross tires on it. It's what got me into cross and it was also my road bike. Wish I had never sold it. Go for it.

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    I can relate to this thread because I have been considering a cross check to replace my current alum. cross frameset for a while, but I really prefer road geometry...which leads to considering the pacer. Road geo + 32's on or off road sounds like fun. Cross geometry is a bit sluggish when you're used to a pure road bike (which I used to ride). My cross bike however does trail duty sometimes, so it's hard to beat the versatility. Only issue for me is muddy cross races might be a bit much for the pacer, but that's only in the fall...Something to think about for sure!

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    I'd just like to add vertical drops on the cross bike are pretty nice for the fast change if you need to, plus they never slip even with lightweight quick releases.

    I just got a pacer....will have to see what kind of clearance there is for the little knobbies

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