Mountain Bike Vs Cyclocross Bike – What’s Really The Difference?!

Mountain Bike Vs Cyclocross Bike – What’s Really The Difference?!


– [Scott] Winter can be a great
opportunity to put down your normal mountain bike and try
something a little different. – [Neil] And cyclo-crosses are getting
more and more popular in recent years. – So this is cross-country… – Versus cyclo-cross. ♪ [music] ♪ – So this is my Canyon Exceed. It’s a
full-carbon frame. The bike weighs in at nine kilograms. I’ve got 100 millimeters
of suspension up front, 29-inch wheels, knobbly tires, a 2-by
drivetrain giving me 22 gears, and let’s see how that
compares to the cross bike. – So this is a Scott Addict CX.
It weighs in at 7.7 kilograms, super lightweight. It’s got the dropped
handlebars. What does it share with a mountain bike? Well, it’s carbon fiber.
It’s got bolt-through axles, disc brakes, 1×11, and it’s got
knobby tires, sort of. – So this is the start of our course.
Going down this gravel section, we’ll get into the woods. It’s
undulating, quite flat. The ground is really rocky. Then it starts to climb out
of the forest, there’s a short downhill section after that before coming back up
here, on through the grass and there’s a sprint finish. Neil, how are you
feeling in that Lycra? – Well, I thought if I’m going to look
stupid, I might as well go the whole hog, and I borrowed the kit off Tom Last,
[inaudible 00:01:23]. On your marks, two, go. ♪ [music] ♪ Ready, Neil? Yes. Go! ♪ [music] ♪ – So it’s definitely on the climbs
where the cross bike is really fast. It’s so light. The tires are so thin. It
rolls really fast. You start to be a little bit careful, it’s actually quite
rocky up here so you have to be careful of the tires, not to puncture. On the grass,
it’s brilliant. Even on this short climb, the cross bike’s
made a few seconds. ♪ [music] ♪ – It was this section right here, these
rocks leading to the berms at the bottom there that the cross bike
really started to suffer. Those small, thin tires,
lack of suspension, you just couldn’t really be
aggressive with the bike, pushing it down the hill towards the
berms, and Neil is on the brakes a lot. I was just able to let the bike flow, keep
the momentum going and I came into this section with so much speed and ultimately
faster on the cross-country bike. ♪ [music] ♪ After the cross-country bike really
dominating in the descent, I’ve come into this grassy open meadow,
and this is really where the big tires start to get draggy. – Yeah, this is the home of the cross bike
and it just feels pretty fast along here, so let’s try and prove that
with a drag race, Scott. – Yeah, okay. When I say go, after
three, two, one, that is the mark. Three, two, one, go! ♪ [music] ♪ – You’re struggling, mate. Well, mate, good race. – Yeah. Cheers. – That was a lot of fun,
good little course. – So hit me with the times, then. – Well, unfortunately, it’s not good news
for you. You lost [inaudible 00:04:54] – Yeah. – Not by much, 15 seconds. – Well, that’s not too bad. – How do you feel? – It felt really slow on descent. You’ve
just got to be so careful with the tires and obviously sketchy just
riding downhill on it. And even on the flat, I’m just
trying to be a bit careful. – But come on, on that grassy section,
even when we had that drag race, just how much fast is that cross bike? It
literally just accelerated away from me. – It is rapid. I’ve actually raced cross
for a few weeks now. I’ve never ridden one before that. And in the right
situation, they’re an absolute weapon, but I definitely don’t think it’s going to
replace a cross-country mountain bike. – Here’s a question for you, though. Could you take this cross-country
bike to the cross course? – Well, I have seen people riding them.
Yes, they’re fine but they’re definitely not as fast. And to be honest,
although cross is totally different, I think I might do it every winter
just for a bit of variety. – Very nice. I’m going to stick to my
cross-country bike, love riding this thing in winter, little bit of hardtail work
keeps the skill work up nice and high. – Click over here to subscribe
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