Friday, September 11, 2009

Cyclocross Bikes for Commuting at Urban Velo

Redline Conquest Classic

Cyclocross racing and commuting have a few things in common. Both are for the hardy, attracting cyclists who don’t mind riding in foul weather, over imperfect terrain or in adverse conditions. Although many commuter bikes are patently unsuitable for cross racing, with some exceptions, cyclocross bikes are excellent for commuting. They all accept high-volume tires (typically 32mm or higher) and some manufacturers have even created commuter-specific cross bikes that do double duty. Here are a few examples—feel free to suggest others in the comments below.

Frameset Only
Soma Double Cross - $375
Van Dessel Hole Shot - $650
Gunnar Cross Hairs - $800
Santa Cruz Stigmata - $850

Complete Bikes
Kona Jake - $899
Specialized Tricross Triple - $940
Giant TCX 2 - $975
Felt F95X - $999
GT GTR Type CX - $999
Surly Cross Check - $1050
Giant TCX

Gary Fisher Lane - $1099
Masi Speciale CX - $1150
Raleigh RX 1.0 - $1200
Rocky Mountain Solo CX - TBA
Redline Conquest Classic - TBA
Schwinn Fastback CX - $1300
KHS CX200 - $1399
Jamis Nova Pro - $1575
Trek XO 1 - $1650
Salsa La Cruz - $1680
Terry Valkyrie Cross - $2518
Bianchi Cross Concept Race - $3499


I used a Surly CrossCheck as a commuter in Dallas and it was a perfect blend of speed, maneuverability and durability. I miss that commute.

Posted via web from Mike's posterous

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