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Offline mugef

Gravel Bike for CX
« on: September 12, 2022, 04:35:06 am »
I'm planning to a race a local CX series on my gravel bike, I've never raced before but the organisers have said it's a great series for beginners and can be ridden on gravel bikes. However, are there any set-up tips to prepare my bike for CX?

It's an Orbea Terra H40, 38c Vittoria Terreno Dry tyres but also have a set of WTB Nanos for when the conditions get muddier. Will these choices do I should i get some more specific CX tyres?

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Gravel Bike for CX
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2022, 09:01:56 am »
Welcome to the ACA Forums. 

While I would love to help you, this Forum is more about touring than racing so the advice you get here will be limited.  I would suggest you check out the BikeForums.net group and look specifically at the Cyclocross/Gravelbiking sub-forum. 

Tailwinds, John

Offline ray b

Re: Gravel Bike for CX
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2022, 11:31:10 am »
It's an Orbea Terra H40, 38c Vittoria Terreno Dry tyres but also have a set of WTB Nanos for when the conditions get muddier. Will these choices do I should i get some more specific CX tyres?
A great way to get started in racing. CYclocross is all about aerobic fitness, and would be a great test for any natural talent. If you can keep up with any of the riders who've done it before, you might have a furture.

That said, there's significant time throwing your bike around, and the lighter the better.

I agree with John, check out the racing fora - you might even find someone willing to lend you their old tires for a race.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline UncaBuddha

Re: Gravel Bike for CX
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2022, 11:54:06 am »
Your tires should be fine and as a new guy you can probably ask what pressure others are running. Prepare to get your heart rate up near redline and hold it there! And go practice mounts and dismounts! Have fun!