Hybrid vs. Cyclocross bikes?
December 29, 2013 11:45 PM Subscribe
Back in the day, there were two styles of bikes that I was aware of – road bikes and mountain bikes. Now there are road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, and cyclocross bikes. This is very exciting – as more options – but also subtly confusing.
posted by nickrussell to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I previously would buy mountain bikes (for the durability) and then outfit them with a solid front fork (or shocks w/ lockout) and skinny road tires. Reason being was a mountain bike can go on the road, much better than a road bike can go off-road.
Now looking at hybrids and cyclocross bikes, cyclocross look like heavy-duty road bikes. Whilst hybrids look like light-duty mountain bikes.
I'm only keen on having one bike at a time, so need something that 1) is decent around town for commuting (50%), 2) good for long rides in the countryside – mix of paved roads and dirt roads (30%), 3) won't restrict from light off-road use – e.g. singletracks, not hardcore bombing downhills (20%).
Cyclocross and hybrid riders, what do you recommend?