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  1. #1
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    Sep 2011
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    Can I convert my road bike for cyclocross

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    Hi!

    I'm a newbie looking to get into cyclocross.

    Anyone think it's possible to convert my road bike to use it for cyclocross races? The bike is a Trek 2.1 WSD. Or would I be better off buying a cross bike?

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
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    In a word....

    No.

    Yes, you'll be better off buying a 'cross bike.

    "The right tool for the right job"

  3. #3
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    Abarnes is right. The brake/wheel clearance on a road bike isn't sufficient for knobby tires needed to race 'cross. Additionally, the geometry of a 'cross bike is different - higher bottom bracket and a shorter top tube (typically).

    You COULD use a mountain bike - better choice if you have one and are looking to give 'cross a try before jumping in to purchase a new bike.

    But I'm warning you - once you try it, you'll be hooked .

    SheFly
    "Well behaved women rarely make history." including me!
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  4. #4
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    Sep 2011
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    Thanks. Some new gear then

  5. #5
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    Nov 2009
    Location
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    It depends upon the road bike. DH inherited his dad's ancient, low-rent steel Trek. It had enough clearance for cross tires--even studded tires. He was able to switch over to cantilever brakes, too. But, generally speaking, no...most road bikes don't have the clearance to mount CX tires.
    Kirsten
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