My first ‘CX’ bike was a modified track bike with knobbies. It had a 55″ gearing or thereabouts and no brakes. It was a blast and whet my appetite for the breed of bicycle.
I’ve since had a Gazelle 531C cyclocross bike, singlespeed then geared. It was basic at best, and stopping ability was akin to Fred Flintstone.
Then I had a Jamis NOVA Race which shaved a few kilos and for a Tiagra spec was hard to fault. After that I rolled on a Trek Presidio which was my first dabble with SRAM and improved canti braking performance.
I’ve found a CX bike to be the most utilitarian of bikes, particularly if you only have one bike not that has been a problem.
The array of complete CX bikes grows each year in a trend similar to the expanse of fixed and singlespeed bikes. Unlike the singlespeed, a mountain bike, road bike, and commuter with fenders the CX is the bike that is capable of all almost all these conditions, but unlike the hybrid solution of old it is more than up to the task.
Most recently the Trek Cronus CX has been my weapon of choice and it truly is a weapon. It’s a sub 8kg bike making it the lightest Ive ever owned. It doesn’t get my pulse racing like lugged steel, metallic paint and chrome, but what it lacks in that department it makes up for in performance and taking me places my road bike fears to tread.
It is almost completely stock issue – I ditched the Shimano Ultegra wheels for handbuilt White Industries T11 / Mavic Open Pro, and black hoods and bar tape to my liking.
This would be the most ridden bike for me of 2013 and I’m a big fan of CX bikes – and once you’ve ridden one you will be too.