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Looking at getting a CX bike or gravel bike.  Are they the same thing?  I'm looking to use it to commute to work on it & maybe have a crack at a couple of CX races. 

 

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I always thought they were the same thing... but maybe a gravel bike is kinda like the gran fondo kinda CX bike, so you can have panniers etc. I'd go for the cross (race) bike personally, they're not bad to commute on with slick tyres (nor is a MTB I've come to realise)

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There are subtle differences, though I race what I call my 'gravel' bike in CX races no problems.

CX bike will be built for racing and have a more aggressive geometry. A gravel bike may be a bit more relaxed, sometimes have rack points for off road touring etc etc. 

 

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BUMP

Im looking at buying a gravel bike - any tips on what to buy & look out for would be appreciated

Also is anyone racing CX?  

Cheers

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3 hours ago, Surfer said:

Also is anyone racing CX? 

It's not a race, but check out 'Gears & Beers'.

I did the Dirty 130 last year and plan to go around again this year.

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32 minutes ago, Surfer said:

Looks great fun. What bike did you ride?

It was great fun, both the ride and the food & drinks after...  very social!

I only own a MTB and a TT Bike, so did it on the MTB which made for a big day.

There was only a handful of us on Mountain Bikes, but I'd do the same again.

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