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My CX bike is the ultimate escape bike. Trail, road, park, tow path or tarmac is there a better go to bike when you wish to escape?

Grab one bike and go out the door...

If I had to get rid of them all (heaven forbid) and keep one, would it be the CX?

I think it would, for commuting, fitness and just "space finding". It's my deer chasing forest friend.

Flo K

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SamShaw [264 posts] 4 years ago
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I thought you meant that it would be the go-to bike if you had to escape a zombie apocalypse!  4

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 4 years ago
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sounds about right as well though

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wakou [80 posts] 4 years ago
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I have a 'do anything' bike as well (Specialized Tricross Sport) Can someone explain please what are the differences between this and a 'road' bike? Mine has a triple front chainset, and has a Deore LX at the back instead of (?) Tiagra.... and canti brakes, but is the frame geometry significantly different? Are the wheels more robust?

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nick_rearden [434 posts] 4 years ago
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wakou wrote:

I have a 'do anything' bike as well (Specialized Tricross Sport) Can someone explain please what are the differences between this and a 'road' bike? Mine has a triple front chainset, and has a Deore LX at the back instead of (?) Tiagra.... and canti brakes, but is the frame geometry significantly different? Are the wheels more robust?

Compared to a full-on race bike your Tricross has a slightly longer (+25mm) wheelbase due to a combination of longer chainstays for fatter tyres and clearance for mud or mudguards at the bottom bracket and a longer-rake fork with a slacker head angle for stability on rough trails. But it's not as 'long' (+50mm) and 'slack' as a full-on expedition tourer like the Surly Long Haul Trucker or Dawes Galaxy. The idea is to strike a compromise between the outright sportiness of a racer and the load-luggingness of a proper tourer and, as such, won't do as perfect a job as either. BUT, come the Zombie Apocalypse, you'll neither want to be loaded down with tons of luggage nor tripped up by the namby-pamby prissiness of racing tyres if you have to dodge through a rocky stream (Zombies hate water) so for that reason it is an ideal 'do-it-all' machine.

You could definitely wizz it up with some narrower, smoother tyres or even a second set of lighter wheels. Lots of cyclists get tons of free pleasure kicking the arses/asses of riders on full-on racers using just such do-it-all bikes if you only want to own one. But if you're like most of the people writing and reading road.cc you'll be seduced eventually by owning second and third bikes to suit the ride you're planning for the day. It's one of the more blameless indulgences you can be seduced into..  1

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wakou [80 posts] 4 years ago
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Thanks ed, for a lovely post and an informative reply..
One thing that intrigues me is wheels. My feeling is that the wheels should be more robust than road wheels, (I have a road wheel on front, Campag Vento G3) Is this OK for light off-road? The bike (S/H) came with a front wheel which I THINK is of off a 'Langster' (???), (I had some spokes replaced by a LBS, and that was his guess) This one is radial spoked, and I hear that these are less robust than laced wheels.... I have Schalbe Marathon 28mm on the back and Bontrager 25mm on the front which are fine for what I need ATM (I think!).

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nick_rearden [434 posts] 4 years ago
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wakou wrote:

...My feeling is that the wheels should be more robust than road wheels..

Well, in an ideal world, they should and it's certainly true that you wouldn't *choose* a radial-spoke wheel off a Langster - which is tasty road fixie - for cyclo-cross duties.

However, wheels are weird and that's no mistake. Some people could ride a strongly-built-for-the purpose 'cross wheel and destroy it by the third ride. Others can nimbly float over the worst terrain and preserve their wheels with far-too-few-spokes for years; maybe you're one of the latter? Well done, top skills. Don't worry about it. It obviously would have crumpled by now but if it does you can replace it with something more ideal to match the rear and it sounds like that dealer knows what they're doing when the time comes.