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.

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700c Schwinn Men's Cyclocross XC Road Bike Axios, Red

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Blue Norcross EX 700c Gravel Cyclocross Carbon Bike Shimano Ultegra 11s Disc NEW

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Lemond Poprad frame 59cm All City fork Paul Components cyclocross gravel 1x

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2015 Diamondback Haanjo Trail Cyclocross CX Gravel Road Bike 59cm XL Disc Brake

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2017 Niner RLT 9 Steel Cyclocross Frameset Grey/Blue 56cm MEDIUM Reynolds Disc

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2017 Cannondale Caadx 54cm cyclocross

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2017 Trek Boone, Carbon, Custom, 56cm, Cyclocross, Gravel Grinder, Virtually New

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Trek Crockett disc frame and fork 56cm cyclocross CX

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Retrospec Bicycles AMOK-16 CycloCross Sixteen Speed Bike with Chromoly Frame

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Cannondale Single Speed Cyclocross Singlespeed

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2017 Niner RLT 9 Gravel Cyclocross Bike 53cm MEDIUM Aluminum Shimano Tiagra

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Foundry Auger 50cm whiskey carbon sram red gravel bike cyclocross

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2012 Specialized Crux comp Cyclocross Bike 56cm

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Blue Norcross AL 700c Gravel Cyclocross Road Bike Shimano 5800 105 11s Disc NEW

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Van Dessel WTF Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Any Road Touring Road Cyclocross City

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2014 Jamis Supernova Elite 54cm SRAM Disc White Cyclocross CX Gravel Bike

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