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** Cyclo-cross bicycle **

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Giant TCX Cyclo-cross bicycle outfitted for road riding

A *cyclo-cross bicycle* is a bicycle specifically designed for the rigors
of a cyclo-cross race.^[1] Cyclo-cross bicycles roughly resemble the racing
bicycles used in road racing. The major differences between the two are the
frame geometry, and the wider clearances that cyclo-cross bikes have for
their larger tires and mud and other debris that they accumulate.


· 1 Frame design
· 2 Components
· 3 Tires
· 4 Equipment choice
· 5 Rules
· 6 Non-racing use
· 7 Mountain bikes in Cyclocross Racing
· 8 See also
· 9 References
· 10 External links

*Frame design[edit]*

Frame materials are selected with an aim to produce a lightweight, yet
stiff and responsive frame. Low weight is prized for ease of carrying while
running. A cyclo-cross racer may lift or carry his/her bike as many as 30
times in one 60 minute race, increasing the desire for a lightweight
bicycle. Aluminum frames were popular in cyclo-cross bicycles long before
they became commonplace on the road. Today the most popular material is
aluminium with carbon fiber being popular at a professional level and steel
and titanium being favorites amongst riders searching for a smoother ride
and a longer lasting frame.

Cyclo-cross frames require clearance for slightly wider (generally
30–34 mm) tires and the debris and mud that is picked up by them.
They are typically very simple, often eschewing bridges between the rear
stays. Compact geometry frames with sloping top tubes are less common than

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclo-cross_bicycle

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