The first ride-worthy bike I designed and built was a cyclocross bike. I was motivated by the seeming lack of race-worthy cross gear at the time (remember, this was before the production cross bike boom). I wanted to create a no-compromise machine, and I sweated over all the details. The result is a bike that has enjoyed tremendous success, as far away as the World Championships in Zolder, Belgium.
The cross bike is one of the most purpose-built racing bikes in cycling. Do not confuse it with a touring bike with cantilever brakes. The temper of the bike will be largely determined by the strengths and weaknesses of the rider. The handling will be adjusted based on the technical skills of the pilot and his or her preferences.
I pride myself on searching out and supplying some of the most hard-to-find cross-specific components. Tubular wheels and tires are the choice for the serious racer. Multiple sets of wheels with different rubber choices on race day are always a good idea! In terms of drive train and controls, the battle rages on between Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM. My suggestion is to stick with what you already have for the road so that you don’t have to reprogram your brain for shifting and your current wheels can be used on your cross bike too.
Everyone should try cross. It is a fantastic way to spend your fall and winter every year and is very addictive! When you are ready to put together an all out cross racing machine, give me a call.
Frameset prices start at $2900. Sales within Massachusetts are subject to 6.25% sales tax.