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.
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 Willard, Diamondback’s Haanjo, Tommaso’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…)