Designed for durability as well as speed, cyclocross bikes are made to withstand terrain that varies from mud and dirt to gravel and asphalt, and since most cyclocross races require dismounting, cyclocross bikes are also designed to be carried with ease.
Although designed to be an off-road bike, most cyclocross frames are built for speed, with lightweight material and frame geometry more similar to that of a road bike than that of a mountain bike.
In order to effectively clear mud, most cyclocross bike frames feature wider openings, which provide more clearance for knobby or muddy tires.
Instead of disc brakes, cyclocross bikes tend to feature wide caliper brakes to prevent mud buildup.
In order to maximize traction without sacrificing speed, cyclocross bikes feature thin tires for minimal rolling resistance with aggressive tread for better grip.
Top Tube Geometry
Most cyclocross bikes feature a flat-bottomed top tube to provide ease of use and shoulder comfort when carrying the bike over an obstacle.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.