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Mtb in CX

05 Sep 2014 17:41

I have a local clubs CX race meeting going ahead on the 14th. And member has said they are expecting 60 - 65% of the riders turning up and riding MTB bikes in the races.

I am missing something?????
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05 Sep 2014 19:49

I suppose it depends on the riders ability and the course, but I'd say if a course requires an MTB, even for good riders, then the organisers aren't doing their job properly.

However, it could be lots of people trying it out but only have an MTB so that's what they are using.
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05 Sep 2014 20:28

King Boonen wrote:However, it could be lots of people trying it out but only have an MTB so that's what they are using.


Probably this. And why not? Bring what you got, go hard, have fun.

Whomever lays the course out hopefully is aware that it shouldn't be so rough a mountain bike has an advantage.
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05 Sep 2014 20:40

I see MTBs used in local CX races but I have yet to see one win. A lot of these riders are young kids but fail when they can't carry their bikes up stairs and ramps (in my area kids under a certain age ride for free).
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12 Sep 2014 23:23

I'm all the more the merrier all get along guy too but reality is the wide flat bars are dangerous in a group cornering or bike carry on runups.
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18 Sep 2014 14:48

Boeing wrote:I'm all the more the merrier all get along guy too but reality is the wide flat bars are dangerous in a group cornering or bike carry on runups.


And what is wrong with my 780mm bars exactly?!?! :p
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13 Jun 2016 20:39

King Boonen wrote:
Boeing wrote:I'm all the more the merrier all get along guy too but reality is the wide flat bars are dangerous in a group cornering or bike carry on runups.


And what is wrong with my 780mm bars exactly?!?! :p


If you show up this season on your enduro bike you win
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16 Jun 2016 00:01

Boeing wrote:
King Boonen wrote:
Boeing wrote:I'm all the more the merrier all get along guy too but reality is the wide flat bars are dangerous in a group cornering or bike carry on runups.


And what is wrong with my 780mm bars exactly?!?! :p


If you show up this season on your enduro bike you win


180mm travel at both ends so I can carve those grassy turns just right :D
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04 Nov 2016 02:32

I was marshalling a kids CX event run by our CC last weekend and all but 2 of the under 8s were on MTBs.The winner by a country mile was on a CX bike but she is Yorkshire under 8 champion.
The under 12s was won by a lad on a Surly Fat bike with those strange sideways drop bars.He won it by about 200m despite only using a tiny front ring.Not sure what size but it had a double set up and the "big" ring was only about 25t.Had he been on his CX bike he'd have lapped everyone.It was just a bit of Hallowe'en fun.
All but 2 adults were on CX bikes and the 2 on MTBs were lapped.

My son is starting CX racing in the under 10s and there's plenty on MTBs but the "serious" racers are on CX bikes even at that age.
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03 Dec 2016 04:12

King Boonen wrote:
Boeing wrote:
King Boonen wrote:
Boeing wrote:I'm all the more the merrier all get along guy too but reality is the wide flat bars are dangerous in a group cornering or bike carry on runups.


And what is wrong with my 780mm bars exactly?!?! :p


If you show up this season on your enduro bike you win


180mm travel at both ends so I can carve those grassy turns just right :D

and manual those barriers and sand pits
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31 Mar 2017 09:17

I think that was very different! Genia and I drove up to Helwith Bridge near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales on Friday. What a Beautiful scenery in the evening sun! Genia looks up at the craggy peak on our left and exclaims “Wow look at that!” That’s Pen Y Chent I say. We will be riding up that tomorrow.
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