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I've never had the chance to look at a real CX bike, but what makes a CX bike?
I use this beast currently (usually after training with friends on road).
www.cyclocrossworld.com is also a nice site to check out, they have a lot of the little 'gadgets' that make a good crossbike, but this forum should be able to give you some advise as well
Are you looking to convert your current bike to a cyclocrosser?
The tracks around here are fairly hilly so I'll be keeping the gears. (If we raced I'd consider moving to STI).
It's got 165 cranks so it has reasonable clearance.
Next set of "borrowed" tyres could well be chunky for CX use.
At least ditch the "fenders", spoke "protector", and reflectors.
I'd make it a 2:1 geared single-speed. At least it cuts weight enough where you could use it. Since it's steel, you could have canti mounts brazed onto the frame. Those are best for mud clearence. Most cross bikes are geared with 39-42/45 gearing and a wide road range cassette in the rear, slightly more upright position, and wider bars.
There's a fair amount of frame diff's too, but that'll work for cas use.
It does weight 1 1/2 ton, but there are no CX races in Australia, so I'm in no rush.
Canti brakes, knobbie tyres, gearing changes... what else would make it a better CX bike?
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