Cyclocross

Cyclocross began about a hundred years ago in Belgium when local road racers would see who could get to the nearest pub and there were no rules: you could go through fields, over fences, etc. That turned into one of the largest growing types of bicycle racing in recent years. But cyclocross bikes are good for far more than just racing (though that’s very fun too).

Cyclocross bikes make great commuter bikes, some people buy them because of their great all-around nature. Ride to the coffee shop, on the local fire road, or take it to work, a cyclocross bike can handle it.

So what makes a cyclocross bike different? Only a few things:

  • knobby tires for dirt and mud (usually 700c x 30mm)
  • mountain bike brakes (cantilever brakes or disc’s are popular)
  • mountain bike pedals (easier to clip in and shed mud better)

As the sport of cyclocross has grown over the last ten years, the equipment has gotten quite high end. Carbon cyclocross frames and forks with carbon cantilever brakes and Zipp carbon fiber wheels are ridden by the pros. But don’t be put off, remember cyclocross harkens back to a simpler time in winter in Belgium with a bunch of mates that just wanted a good workout before their Trappist Monk ales.

As with all types of bikes, frame material is a big decision:

  • Steel: typically heavier, tougher to break
  • Aluminum: lightweight, cheap
  • Carbon: very lightweight, expensive
  • Titanium: less popular but Titanium offers many advantages of both aluminum and steel

The newest carbon fiber forks are made very well and do a great job of lightening a bike but also to absorb a lot of road vibrations. Many entry level cyclocross bikes come stock with carbon fiber forks now. Typically, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100-$200 extra for a bike that comes with a carbon fork over a steel or aluminum one.

2018 Specialized Crux Expert X1, 54cm. Carbon Cyclocross bike. Brand new.

$3,300.00
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Giant TCX Advanced Doom-wagon flat bar cyclocross bike

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Zen Fabrications handmade aluminum Cyclocross bike frame 52CM

$150.00 (0 Bids)
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Specialized Crux Pro Cyclocross Bike 46 cm

$500.00 (0 Bids)
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Chromoly Cyclocross Frame 58cm

$125.00
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2016 Raleigh RXC Cyclocross Carbon size 54

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Blue Norcross EX Carbon cyclocross Bike W/ American Classic And Sram

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Specialized Crux Full Carbon Cyclocross Bike + Reynolds Wheelset + SRAM

$1,295.00 (0 Bids)
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Shimano XTR M9000 29er MTB cyclocross gravel bike wheels

$575.00 (0 Bids)
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Squid Squidcross Cyclocross Frame CX Gravel Size XL

$1,200.00
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Single Speed Cyclocross Bike. Cyclocross. Nashbar.

$165.00 (1 Bid)
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Lemond Poprad Disc Bike Cyclocross

$800.00
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Rocky Mountain Solo CXR Cyclocross Bike

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Kona Jake The Snake 58, Cyclocross/gravel/touring

$425.00
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Litespeed Appalachian 64cm - Titanium Cyclocross Bike

$1,498.00
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2013 Wilier Triestina Cross Carbon Cyclocross Bike 58cm X-Large Shimano Ultegra

$699.99 (0 Bids)
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Kona Super Jake Cyclocross Carbon Fiber 11 Speed 54cm

$1,950.00 (0 Bids)
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58cm Carbon Cyclocross Bike with FSA KWing carbon bars, and 2 Dura Ace cranks

$922.00 (0 Bids)
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Surly Cross-Check cyclocross bike steel frame 56cm good condition

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Ridley X Night CX World Champion Cyclocross Bike 58

$579.00 (0 Bids)
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2018 Scott Addict CX 10 Disc Cyclocross Bike 58cm X-Large Sram Force 1

$1,640.99 (0 Bids)
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Van Dessel ADD cyclocross Frame, 58cm

$300.00 (0 Bids)
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Green Bianchi San Jose Cyclocross Single Speed 49cm

$499.00
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Trek Boone 9 CX Cyclocross Frameset 52cm

$650.00 (0 Bids)
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Early 2000s Single Speed Cyclocross Kona Jake The Snake Bicycle

$200.00
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