So, you’ve heard of cyclo-cross, but you're not entirely sure what it is? Would you like to ride at any time of the year? Would you like to head off on versatile and speedy off-road rides? Do you need a sporty bike that can overcome any adversity? Then a cyclocross bike is the perfect choice for you. Your companion through the mud.
The advantages of a FOCUS cyclo-cross bike:
. Cyclo-cross bikes can be put to universal use and are speedy both on-road and off-road.
. They’re equipped with an extremely robust yet lightweight frame.
. Cyclo-cross tyres have a deeper tread depth and are wider than tyres on a racing bike. This gives you better grip and comfort on off-road trails, in snow and in mud compared with a racing bike. However, cyclo-cross tyres are narrower than those of a mountain bike, which helps them "cut through" deep mud and throw up less dirt. You are faster.
. Thanks to the adapted top tube, the bike sits comfortably and snugly on the rider’s shoulder during the running sections.
. The disc brakes on your cyclo-cross bike ensure impressively reliable and powerful braking performance – even in bad weather.
. The cyclo-cross bike has greater ground clearance under the bottom bracket. So you can ride quickly around extremely tight bends without getting caught on obstacles.
. Cyclo-cross races are the real home of cyclo-cross bikes.
What are cyclo-cross races?
While cyclo-cross races are held primarily in Europe, they can also be enjoyed worldwide. They are particularly popular in Belgium and the Netherlands, where they are considered a national sport and are celebrated with frenetic folk festivals. But what exactly does it involve? Following a mass-start, there are several laps to complete on a marked-out cyclo-cross course, which is characterised by its technically demanding mud and sand sections. If these sections are on steep slopes, riders often have to shoulder their cyclo-cross. In other words, they have to sling their bike over their shoulders and run. Unless they are able to jump over them, racers also have to shoulder their cyclo-cross over other obstacles, such as tree trunks, hurdles or steps. Tight bends are yet another aspect of these races. Cyclo-cross races take place from autumn to spring, so the weather is usually cold and wet.
"The Focus Mares Force 1 is an exceptional cyclocross race bike."Bikeradar, October 2016