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Where is it going?

More of a thought here, maybe a ramble… Whilst road bikes and mountain bikes are established and not about to disappear or fade in popularity. The cyclocross scene is growing and driving bike makers to look at what sort of bikes their offering. But the cyclocross season is short, and not for everyone, but it seems the bikes are.

I’m not going to pick up on any brands, just stay cerebral. A bike is after all for riding, a bike that can widen the boundaries on terrain and test the rider is a recipe for fun. I’m not talking utility bike, or touring, but have the fittings to make it possible. Probably, this is where disc road bikes should go[?], and sporty enough for the odd cross race or sportive (if so inclined). Now think about the bikes that already fill space. There is a few isn’t there? Odds are a lot of you have been thinking about these bikes – I have!

The prediction [I'm making] is that this area of cycling is going to grow considerably and come at every price point imaginable (ok it kind of already has). For the rider I think these types of bikes are going to offer a lot of fun and use. That is the thing, mountain bikes don’t really do it, when it comes to mixing it up, compared to a cyclocross/all road bicycle and most of us don’t ride extreme trails or race road… And that amounts to a huge number of cyclists.

Anyway just a thought to help while away a winters day. Feel free to comment with your own thoughts.

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  • tom taylor

    hi steve , linked with cyclepaths and alternatives to enjoying road rage free cycling ,the appeals are enormous . i started going offroad to introduce cycling to my kids so as not to put them in the firing line of our driving friends, who as i,ve observed simply havn,t evolved in the decades that i,ve been on the road, and will still consider it risk worthy to kill someone to get somewhere quicker,ie ,the next red light i used to race and as a youngster in the late seventies the only change we made to our bikes to cope with cyclocross were tyres . having said that seventies roadbikes seem to be called vintage ,retro or whatever and hard to find. the most important aspect of getting out on your bike is getting back in one piece, and it,s getting harder to do that. appreciate your webite steve

    • Steve

      Well said Tom. I think a bit of retro thought in bike design is over-due. Thanks for the praise.

  • http://www.the5thfloor.co.uk David

    This is something thats been swirling around in my head for some time. Between relocating to an even smaller inner city place, and budgetary constraints I really considered a CX bike and an alternate set of road race tyres to see me good in every possible scenario. Obviously the best tool for the job is the right one, but if you can’t have a quiver of rides a CX bike is the way for me

    • Steve

      Space is an issue for me too. I think if it was a disc equipped CX bike, with the right geometry it could fit a broad spectrum of riding. Like you say different tyres would be the way to go, and disc would mean the wheels would last a lot longer (so might be willing to spend on a top-end set of hoops).

  • Johnny Hall

    Where I live, in the Borders, there are a lot of forestry tracks and poor quality roads and, particularly at this time of year, the roads are awash with debris.

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but I’ve just decided to get an allroad/cx bike – custom, steel, cable discs, enve hoops, sram compact road groupset with wifli, giving me a low gear of 34/32.

    Now I’ll be able to do a lot of different routes that weren’t possible before, as well as doing some light mountain biking, winter training and commuting.

    I’ve still got a dedicated mountain bike and road bike, but I suspect that the crosser will get a lot of use on all-day adventures.

    • Steve

      That sounds great to me. I bet you’ve spent many an hour thinking this bike out?! I do the same thing. When you get this bike make sure you send us a picture.

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