what would the main differences be,between riding a road bike/cyclocross bike?
further to my other post about getting my first proper road bike (i ride mountain bikes usually),i had been set on going for a 2013 tarmac sport road bike.BUT i have been changing my mind as to whether to go for a cx bike instead (am thinking of a 2013 specialized crux elite disc).
i would be using it all year round,to try and get fitter/do longer distance rides e.t.c than on my mtb.i like the thought though,that i can go off the beaten track also with it (and that it has discs,am just used to discs on bikes now).
i think what i'm asking is,would the cx bike be a lot slower than the road bike if i was doing some distance on the road (if i changed the tyres to road ones?)i know that the gearing is lower on the crux than the tarmac/also aluminium frame as opposed to carbon.
the annoying thing is that i cannot decide between them (i really like both) and unfortunately will not be able to test ride either before buying it (as my local shop only has mountain bikes for test rides).
apologies for the question,but would be interested in your replies.thanks a lot