A Race-Worthy CX Bike for Under a Thousand Bucks?

Cyclocross racing is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and across parts of Europe. Merging the speed of road racing with the handling technique of mountain biking, it offers an exhilarating way to spend fall and winter once the mercury starts to drop.

Cyclocross bikes are extremely versatile. They can be used as a thoroughbred racing machine through winter, yes, but their adaptability means that you could fit some fenders and some road tires to use one for comfortable, quick commuting.

Marin Gestalt 1
Diamondback Haanjo
Tommaso Illimitate
Our Rating
9.5
9.1
8.9
Frame & Fork
3 Series Aluminum
Aluminum alloy frame
Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum Compact Road Frame
Drivetrain
Shimano Sora 18-speed drivetrain
Shimano Claris 2x8 speed drivetrain
Shimano Tiagra Groupset 2x10
Components
Tektro Lyra brakes, Donnelly X'PLOR USH, Wire Bead, 700x35c
Tektro Lyra brakes, Diamondback Interval Wire Bead, 700x38c
Tektro Lyra brakes, CST Tirent 700x40c All Terrain
Weight
23 pounds
26 pounds
30 pounds
Marin Gestalt 1
Our Rating
9.5
Frame & Fork
3 Series Aluminum
Drivetrain
Shimano Sora 18-speed drivetrain
Components
Tektro Lyra brakes, Donnelly X'PLOR USH, Wire Bead, 700x35c
Weight
23 pounds
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Diamondback Haanjo
Our Rating
9.1
Frame & Fork
Aluminum alloy frame
Drivetrain
Shimano Claris 2x8 speed drivetrain
Components
Tektro Lyra brakes, Diamondback Interval Wire Bead, 700x38c
Weight
26 pounds
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Tommaso Illimitate
Our Rating
8.9
Frame & Fork
Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum Compact Road Frame
Drivetrain
Shimano Tiagra Groupset 2x10
Components
Tektro Lyra brakes, CST Tirent 700x40c All Terrain
Weight
30 pounds
More Information

Alternatively, you could fit a rack and head off touring with minimal additional investment.

In other words, they’re a great bicycular investment.

We’re going to take a look at some of the best low-cost cyclocross bikes around the $1000 price mark, which represents the lower end of the marketplace. With a fair selection of different options (depending on rider preference and individual style), it should be possible to pick up a bargain.

This review will focus on the Raleigh WillardDiamondback’s HaanjoTommaso’s Illimitate, State Bicycle Co’s SSCX-ready bike, and the Motobecane Fantom.

This review will focus on whether the bikes are tailored towards cyclocross racing and if $1000 can buy you a race-worthy cyclocross bicycle for beginners or those on a budget. (more…)