As any fan will know, cyclocross bikes have been specifically designed to cope with the rigours of the cyclocross race. With the aerodynamics and lightweight build of a racing bike combined with a shorter frame and greater ground clearance, these bikes are built for going off road at speed.
The stiff and responsive frames are constantly being improved for greater lightness and carrying comfort. The average cyclocross rider will have to carry his bike up to 30 times in one 60 minute race, so making these bikes balanced and light is essential for the manufacturers at the top of their game. Serious riders maybe looking at a carbon cyclocross bike, which offers the ultimate in lightweight balance for the professional competitor.
Once the rider has picked a perfect frame for their bike, next they need to make sure the perfect equipment is fitted to that frame. Tyre choice is very important depending on what type of race they are riding. Cyclocross bikes with disc brakes offer more efficient braking in adverse conditions and less chance of locking up on a downhill section.
In this competitive sport, the old adage of 'you get what you pay for' has never been truer, so an investment in a great bike is a worthwhile spend, even for a beginner to the sport. As bikes continue to be developed by big names like Scott, Ridley and Colnago cyclocross bikes will continue to evolve and grow in the future, so set yourself up to change with the times by choosing the best frame you can afford.
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