What to Look For in a Cyclocross Bike?

What to Look For in a Cyclocross Bike

Cyclocrossing represents a viable alternative to road biking on wet roads. If you are planning to buy a new cyclocross bike, here is some advice what to look for and pay attention to.

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When buying a new cyclocross bike, pay close attention to the brakes, tyres, frame and groupset.
1 Brakes

The best is to opt for a bike with disc brakes. The advantage of discs is that they do provide more consistent braking performance and better modulation of braking force. In bad weather conditions, it’s especially recommendable to ride these bikes because they offer more confidence in the wet and mud.

2 Tyres

Even though these bikes have treaded tyres, you can ride them on the road. But do consider carefully the nature of your off-road exploits, and choose rubber accordingly. Wider, 35mm tyres will deal with rough stuff better than more lightly treaded tyres, which perform better on singletrack, or gravel.

3 Frame

No matter if you’re racing or just out on a weekend or afternoon ride, the time will come at some point to get off the bike, put it on your shoulder and climb over a fence, ditch or fallen tree. Cable routing and clever frame design make this much easier. If you want to go cycle touring on a cross bike, mounts for luggage can also be a bonus.

4 Groupset

Choose the groupset wisely. You’re not going to need big gears off-road. Also, pay attention to the quality of braking and drivetrain components.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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