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.