Cross Bike Test – 2019

Cross bikes are very popular. Which ones have gained the most confidence from the Presto store customers?

The Cross brand is well known to cycling enthusiasts. In the assortment of this manufacturer we can find mountain bikes, tourist bicycles, two-wheelers for children, city bikes and even cross-country bikes. These are two-wheeled vehicles very often chosen and well rated by users. Which of them are particularly noteworthy? Which ones are bought most often?

The offer of Cross bikes is very diverse. You can find two-wheeled vehicles for everyone there. Regardless of whether the shopping destination is a woman's Cross bike, or a man's or children's bike - we will surely find the right model in the assortment of this company.

If you want to spend some time cycling in nature and buy a cross bike, you do not know which model to choose. We have compiled a list of the best cross bikes for you.

What is a cross bike?

The world of bicycles is becoming ever more versatile and it is difficult to get an overview here. A new term that also appears in comparisons and tests is the cross bike. But what exactly is a cross bike?

Basically, a cross bike like the test is confirmed to be a bicycle, which is also suitable for driving in rough terrain. But not only in the field, but also in the city, such a bike can be used very well, because it combines characteristics of different types of bicycle with each other and is thus an all-rounder. Originally the cross bike was intended for driving cross-country. Meanwhile, it is characteristic of a cross bike that it combines elements of a road bike with those of a mountain bike: While a road bike narrow tires, light weight, a special circuit and special brakes and handlebars Characteristics such as a suspension, wider tires and an equally specific circuit for the mountain bike are characteristic. A cross bike combines the features of both models to create a unique new model. Especially in easy terrain and on forest roads, a cross bike is a good choice.

To distinguish is the cross bike of the so-called cyclocross. While the bike is described in the test as particularly good for the average cyclist in everyday life, the cyclocross is rather intended for cyclists with higher ambitions. Especially for racing cyclists, a cyclocross is particularly well, as with this even in the wet season an effective training can be completed, as the comparison shows.

Before buying a Cross bike, but also any other manufacturer, it is worth considering what kind of bicycles will be suitable. The assortment of the Cross brand includes:

Cross-country and trekking mountain biking - mountain bike Cross is a very popular choice among people who most often drive around mountains, ground routes and outside the city. The trekking bike is also recommended for ground routes, forest trips and for suburban driving.

Cross-country bikes and cross bikes - these bikes are quite universal and actually work well on ground routes, but also on asphalt roads, in the city and outside the city. In the Cross brand assortment, you can find tourist bikes for children and adults.

City Cross bikes - irreplaceable in the city. An ideal choice when the city bike is used every day as a means of transport, as well as for recreational driving along alleys, hardened bicycle paths, streets and sidewalks.

Cross bikes for children - the best choice for children of all ages.

In the Cross brand's offer you can easily find a bike for almost everyone. To make it easier to make a choice, it is worth suggesting not only to adjust the bike to the preferred style and driving circumstances, but also to pay attention to the popularity of specific models of Cross bikes. The following are of great interest:

Trans - touring bicycles - is a series of bicycles that includes two-wheeled vehicles for women and for men. The Trans Cross bike is perfect both in the city and outside the city. You can buy them in many sizes and variants.

Level mountain bikes, Evado, Hexagon - bikes that are popular among both men and women. The Cross Level bike is particularly popular, which provides high driving comfort on almost every surface.

Before buying a bike, even a well-known and valued brand, it is worth to take a look at the list of the most popular models. A list of bestsellers in a given category will allow you to quickly find out which bikes are bought most often, and this is a great starting point for successful shopping.

The Cross bike ranking in the Presto store includes the best, most-bought bikes of this manufacturer. The list is generated on the basis of sales statistics; therefore it contains current and reliable data. Why is it worth taking a closer look at the ranking bikes? Bicycles with a good price / quality ratio, bikes with particularly good parameters, interesting news and timeless classics are usually popular. The ranking is therefore authoritative information about shopping trends and a great inspiration for buyers.

How does a cross bike work?

A cross bike is a mixture of different types of bicycles and combines for example elements of a road bike with those of a mountain bike. It is also best suited for driving rough terrain. But not only in the field, but also in the city, such a bike can be used very well and is therefore an absolute all-rounder.

In terms of function, it is similar to other types of bicycles, so we will briefly discuss the special components of the bike and what effects they have on the function:

When driving the Crossrads shows a high congruence to that of a racing bike.

A big difference compared to the road bike, however, is the size of the chainring: Since a cross bike seldom goes faster than 60 kilometers per hour, an adjustment was necessary here. In addition, in comparison to a road bike with a cross bike, a short ramp has to be covered. Therefore, the gradation of 46/36 has prevailed in the cross bike compared to the racing bike. At a road bikethe distance of the teeth from large to small leaf at 16 teeth. In the Crossrad this distance was reduced and is now from large to small leaf at ten teeth. The test shows that this smaller distance is helpful for driving off-road. Even winding routes can be mastered so easily. When driving uphill eliminates the otherwise necessary counter gear back.

The classic Cantis has been replaced in the meantime by the hydraulic or mechanical disc brake in the brakes. For light cyclists on a cross bike usually 140er or 1560er discs. Again, it depends on the special use, for light off-road driving this size is absolutely sufficient, as the test shows. In the meantime, many cross bikes are also equipped with wheels that are suitable for receiving a disc brake.

Advantages and applications of a cross bike:

A cross bike is a mixture of different types of bicycles and combines for example elements of a road bike with those of a mountain bike. It is also best suited for driving rough terrain. But where exactly can a cross bike best be used?

Where can I find a cross bike application?

Especially cyclists, who are looking for an all-rounder, will appreciate the cross bike fast, because it offers as the test shows on short, but also on long distances a good ride comfort: Thanks to the sitting position, which is one of the Road bike clearly different long distances can be covered in a comfortable position, without having to forego a sporting claim.
But also the sporty aspect comes as the test shows at the cross bike not too short: It also has elements of a mountain bike. Thanks to the tires, the bike can be ridden in easy and rough terrain. For managing steep mountain slopes, however, you must pay attention to the right gear change when buying.
The test also highlights that many cross bikes are also equipped according to the road traffic licensing regulations. Son they can also be easily used in the city.

The advantages of a cross bike

Whether it is a mountain bike, a road bike or a cross bike at the end - even the test gives no answer here because the decisive factor is where the bike is used at the end. Who is often in the woods on the road makes sure nothing wrong with a mountain bike. Sophisticated spring and brake systems ensure driving pleasure and safety, and that in the most difficult conditions. Those who want to cover fast distances should prefer a road bike resort . In a cross bike different properties are combined and so can not be generalized when it is a good choice. In any case, it brings together a lot of benefits that may help in your choice:

Especially cyclists, who are looking for an all-rounder, will appreciate the cross bike. A cross bike offers as the test shows on both short, but also on long distances a good ride comfort. Thanks to the seating position, which is significantly more upright than that of a racing bike , long distances can be covered in a comfortable seat without sacrificing any sporting aspirations. Also, a cross bike as the test shows compared to a mountain bike designed more for speed. For that often happens braking systems and suspensions neglected. If you value this, you should pay particular attention to this feature when purchasing and will surely find it. Thanks to the tires, it is safe to ride the cross-bike in difficult and rough terrain as well as in the city. The test also highlights that many cross bikes are also equipped according to the road traffic licensing regulations. Son they can also be easily used in the city.

The advantages summarized in an overview:

  • Designed more for speed than a conventional mountain bike
  • Very good all-rounder
  • Tires are optimized for different terrain
  • Thanks to the seating position also suitable for longer trips
  • Combination of different types of bicycles and their advantages
  • partially equipped according to road traffic approval regulations
  • Low rolling resistance

What types of cross bikes are there? (including advantages and disadvantages)

The world of bicycles is becoming ever more versatile and it is difficult to get an overview here. A new term that also appears in comparisons and tests is the cross bike. A cross bike is often associated with the slogan of relaxed sportiness. The term cross wheel is used in many ways. But which models are referred to as a crosswheel?

The fitness bike

In the early 2000s, the fitness bike was one of the trend bikes and was indispensable in any test. This type of bike is directed as the test also to drivers who are mainly on paved roads and avoid rough terrain. Also, the sitting position compared to other models here is much more upright. If the stooped posture on a road bike is too uncomfortable, the test bike will find an alternative in the fitness bike. For these two reasons, the fitness bike is among cyclists Often not taken quite seriously and dismissed as a mere marketing move. From the construction fitness bikes are characterized by the straight handlebar, which is also known as Flatbar. Otherwise, the geometry of the frame corresponds to the one road bike. Another feature of the fitness bike is the procurement of tires: Compared to a road bike, the fitness bike has much wider tires. This is possible thanks to the disc brake. The enforcing brake extends the previously limited by racing brakes passage of the tires to a width of up to 28 millimeters. So also a regular fender can be mounted. The test shows that the fitness bike outweighs the benefits and the bad reputation is not justified. The advantages and disadvantages at a glance:

Benefits for the fitness bike:

  • Suitable for drivers who are mainly on paved roads
  • More comfortable sitting position than a racing bike
  • Also suitable for beginners
  • Wider tires than a racing bike
  • disc brake
  • Installation of a normal mudguard possible

Disadvantages for the fitness bike:

  • low application spectrum
  • More marketing strategy as a sensible wheel

Conclusion for the fitness bike:
The reputation of a fitness bike is worse than it is finally tested. The test reveals the overwhelming benefits, thereby saving the reputation of the bicycle.

The cross bike

The cross bike as already described a mixture of different types of bicycles. So there are elements of a road bike and also those of a mountain bike. Basically, a cross bike like the test is confirmed to be a bicycle,which is also suitable for driving in rough terrain. But not only in the field, but also in the city, such a bicycle can be used very well due to the bundling of different types of bicycles. The test also shows that a cross bike is an absolute all-rounder. Meanwhile, it is characteristic of a cross bike that it has elements of a road bike with those of a mountain bike While a racing bike has narrow tires, light weight, special gears and special brakes and handlebars, features such as suspension, wider tires and an equally unique mountain bike circuit are characteristic. A cross bike combines the features of both models to create a unique new model. Especially in easy terrain and on forest roads, a cross bike is a good choice. The advantages and disadvantages in an overview:

Advantages of the cross bike:

  • More designed for speed than a mountain bike
  • Tires are optimized for different terrain

Combination of different types of bicycles and their advantages

Disadvantages of the cross bike:

  • Not particularly mountain fit
  • often no suspension
  • often weak brake systems

Conclusion for the cross bike:
Anyone looking for a combination of road bike and mountain bike is well served with a cross bike, as the test shows.

The speedbike

A subgenus is the so-called Speedbike, which is found in almost every specialized trade. Compared to the cross bike , the Speedbike is even better suited for use in the city. Among other things, this may be due to the agile geometry , as the test confirms. In the experiment it also cuts off well thanks to the wider tires: these are sporty and fast at the same time and you do not run the risk in a city, that you drive in the rails of a tram or a tram. This makes the Speedbike ideal for use in the city. The test also shows the advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of the Speedbike:

Wider tires ideal for city traffic

Disadvantages of the Speedbike:

Not particularly mountain fit

often bad suspension

often weak brake systems

Conclusion for the Speedbike:
The Speedbike is ideally suited for use in the city and cuts a fine figure even on slightly rough terrain. If you are only occasionally on forest trails, you should take a closer look at the speedbike .

The E-Crossbike

Even in the field of cross bikes makes the engine no stop. With an integrated engine, the cross bike becomes a bike that can be used in light terrain, but can also be used as a sporty everyday bike. In addition to the motorization of an e-cross bike is a normal cross bike very strong, as the comparison shows. The e-bike also has elements of a road bike and combines them with elements of a mountain bike. The E-Crossbike can as well as the Crossradcan be used for driving in rough terrain, but also in the city, it can be used very well due to the bundling of different types of bicycles. Thus, the test shows that the E-Crossbike as well as the Cross Bike is an absolute all-rounder.

The advantages and disadvantages in an overview:

Advantages of the cross bike:

  • More designed for speed than a mountain bike
  • Tires are optimized for different terrain
  • Combination of different types of bicycles and their advantages
  • Thanks to motorization for easy terrain and as a sporty everyday bike usable

Disadvantages of the cross bike:

  • Not particularly mountain fit
  • often no suspension
  • often weak brake systems

Conclusion for the E-Crossbike:
If you are looking for a sporty everyday bike that can also be used in light terrain and thanks to an integrated motor even long stretches without effort makes possible, which is like the test shows with an e-cross bikewell advised.

The cyclocross

To distinguish the cross bike from the so-called cyclocross, which is found in more and more specialty stores. The cross bike is described in the test as particularly well suited for an average cyclist in everyday life. In comparison, the cyclocross is rather intended for cyclists with higher ambitions. Especially for racing cyclists, a cyclocross is particularly well, as with this even in the wet season an effective training can be completed, as the comparison shows. The advantages and disadvantages of cyclocross in an overview:

Advantages of Cyclocross:

  • More geared for speed than a cross bike
  • Suitable for ambitious cyclists
  • Tires are optimized for different terrain
  • Combination of different types of bicycles and their advantages
  • Also usable in the wet season

Disadvantages of cyclocross:

  • Not particularly mountain fit
  • often no suspension
  • often weak brake systems
  • High acquisition costs

Conclusion for the cyclocross:
Anyone who has high ambitions in cycling and would like to continue training in wet weather, can rely on a cyclocross. Compared with a normal cross bike , the engine offers a very high level of comfort.

This is how cross bikes are tested

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A cross bike is subjected to a detailed aptitude test, because only then can the user later rely on the top grade. We show how the test has tested cross bikes :

Initially, the investigation is devoted to attributes such as the brand. Is it a well-known brand that can already look back on a successful history? Or is it a newcomer to the market? With well-known and hitherto successful brands, you can often rely on the same quality standard for new models .

It then determines if the cross wheel is suitable for (gender) men or women, or if it is a unisex model. The weight also plays a role. Especially with a women's bike, the weight should be particularly low to ensure everyday practicality.

Finally, the frame height is determined: Each cyclist can use his measurements to calculate the optimal frame dimensions for him. For this, a meter must be prepared. You stand with your back against the wall and have ideally taken off your shoes before. The feet must be parallel and shoulder width to each other. Then measure the distance between the feet and the crotch. Now the value only needs to be multiplied by the factor 0.61 in order to determine the optimal frame size.

Subsequently, the investigation is devoted to the tire and the tire width. Meanwhile, tires with a diameter of 28 inches have prevailed. In terms of profile, the tires must have a balance between low rolling resistance and high off-road capability. While narrower versions allow for fast driving, they are often usable only on fixed routes. Who chooses a rough profile is indeed good on the road, but often has to do without speed on the road.

Finally, the test is dedicated to the circuit: Since a cross bike is an all-rounder and versatile is used, it is advisable to resort here to a model with 30 gears. Especially when used in rough terrain, the many courses due to the often steeper climbs make sense. It has to be tested, how fast the gears start and how switching to me works.

Of course, a test of the brakes is not enough. Most cross bikes are fitted with very handy disc brakes. The advantage of these disc brakes is that they can do their duty in any weather and the bike can be used safely even in wet conditions. Rim brakes are rather unsuitable . It tests how fast the brakes react and how big the holding force is.
Then the question is asked: Suspension (yes / no). When used in rough terrain often hard bumps must be damped. Here it must be tested how much they can be mitigated. High quality specimens work with high pressure pumps.

Also, the test concludes the questions: fender (yes / no) and stand (yes / no).
Finally, a look at the evaluation criteria should be thrown: After the test, the price / performance ratio is assessed. Since a cross bike for ambitious cyclists, as well as for everyday use, the differences in quality are enormous here. Unfortunately, good quality has its price, too. After the test it can be determined if the price for the performance of the bike is appropriate. Finally, the driving pleasure with the cross bike is tested. Only in practice is it clear how much enjoyment the bike can bring, and finally, it's the fun of driving that keeps pushing us out. If it's not fun with that bike ride, even the best features are useless.

What should I look for when buying a cross bike?

A cross bike is versatile and can be described as an absolute all-rounder: it combines the features of a mountain bike with those of a trekking bike and a racing bike. It can be used both in rough terrain and in the city. This makes it ideal for everyday use. Certainly, when choosing the right cross bike, it must be taken into account where it should be used at the end. But a few purchase criteria can also be generally stated: what must be paid particular attention when buying a cross bike?

For every bike and also for the cross bike , the first thing that counts is that the cross bike is easy to handle and sturdy enough to fulfill the desired purpose. It should also be resilient and may not be too heavy in everyday life to be suitable.

The test shows which features you need to pay special attention to when buying a cross bike:

The first criterion when choosing a new cross bike is the frame. This is made of aluminum for most models, as it can be processed very well. Despite its low weight, this material ensures extremely high stability and long durability. Models with an aluminum frame are also often winners, as they are also affordable for the small purse. When designing the technique of hydro forming is often used. In this case, an internally hollow component is deformed by a pressure in the interior. This not only disturbing welds can be prevented, but it is also the design of special shapes possible. An alternative building material to aluminum is the material carbon. In the product test, models made of carbon are very good as they are much lighter, but the price is also much higher here.

The tires are particularly important when buying a new bike and should be taken under a magnifying glass inspection. Meanwhile, tires with a diameter of 28 inches have prevailed . In terms of profile, the tires must have a balance between low rolling resistance and high off-road capability. While narrower versions allow for fast driving , they are often usable only on fixed routes. Who chooses a rough profile is indeed good on the road, but often has to do without speed on the road. Again, it must be decided before the purchase, where the cross wheel is used at the end.

When choosing the new bike , the brakes should not be neglected . The test result should be positive here in order to get a certain security during use. Most cross bikes are fitted with particularly grippy disc brakes, which master a test run very well. The advantage of these disc brakes is that they can do their duty in any weather and the bike can be used safely even in wet conditions. Rim brakes are far more inappropriate, which lie clearly behind in a comparison and have less holding power. The test also shows that the discs can not be big enough. For the front wheel should be at least 18 centimeters in diameter.

It is important to examine the suspension before buying the bike . When evaluating the test, it has been shown that these components are particularly important in a cross bike : when used in rough terrain often hard bumps must be damped. The experiment shows that this is not possible with a wheel without suspension forks. Again, the purpose of use must be kept in mind: High-quality specimens that have done very well in the analysis work with high-pressure pumps. However, such features are hardly necessary for use in traffic.

The steering wheel of a cross wheel should allow stable control of the bike to be achieved, but at the same time it should also provide easy handling. Downhill handlebars and riser handlebars have prevailed. These are not straight, but have a bend in four places. This results in the handlebars being higher on the outside than on the inside. This can allow an upright posture of the body. Also, an advantage of this steering wheel design is that the view can always be directed to the road without disturbing handles being in the way.

A look should also be thrown on the circuit before buying: Since a cross bike is an all-rounder and versatile is used, it is advisable to resort here to a model with 30 gears back. The test has put the sample to the test and shows that, especially when used in rough terrain due to the often steeper climbs a small subdivision of the gears makes sense.
The saddle is also very important in a cross bike : Ideally, he wanted to be well damped to absorb shocks. When using the cross bike at long distances, he should also be comfortable enough to sit on it for a longer period of time.

Brief information on leading 7 manufacturers of cross bikes:

The market for cross bikes is already very large and so we are presenting the leading seven manufacturers in more detail here:

Canyon

A manufacturer known for good cross bikes is Canyon .The products at Canyon are developed by creative designers in collaboration with qualified engineers and passionate cycling. The development takes place not only on the computer, but also in nature. The customer is in the center of all processes and should get the best technology for the execution of the hobby. Therefore, the bikes from Canyon not only have technically unique and individual solutions, but also a particularly innovative design. Canyon has been voted the most frequented brand in mountain bikes and racing bikes in Germany in recent years.

The Inflite AL 9.0 by Canyon is a cross bike with an aluminum frame. Particularly noteworthy are the hydraulic disc brakes of the brand Shimano. These are combined with slices of Ice Tech with a diameter of 16 centimeters. The enthusiastic because the brakes are not only responsive sensitive but also to use and meter well. It is particularly practical that various special mudguards can be retrofitted. Thus, the cross bike can be used even in bad weather and is even more versatile. A parallelogram support ensures a short sitting position. Overall, the model convinces through the circuit, the brakes and the wheels, while the seating position and the suspension are disadvantageous.

Fuji

The bicycle brand Fuji comes from Japan and is one of the oldest bicycle brands in the world. The company was founded in 1899 by Japanese Nichibei Shōkai. The name and logo of the company goes back to Japan's landmark Mount Fuji, which stands for endurance and strength. At first, Fuji's bikes were very popular in Japan starting in 19230, and in the interim, they are sold all over the world. The range is aimed at ambitious athletes as well as professionals and hobby cyclists.

The Altamira CX 1.3 from Fuji has already convinced in several tests and he was awarded the property race ready. Even with current tests, this model is at the top. The bike has a carbon frame and is still priced in the frame. Modern shift and brake technology are installed and ensure a very good price-performance ratio, which also convinces professionals.

Ridley

Jochim Aerts founded the Ridley company in 1997. He grew up in Belgium in the small town of Balen, where cycling played an important role. The passion for cycling has always accompanied him, and so he finally founded his own first bicycle company.

The X-Ride 10Disc by Ridley has an aluminum frame, in which the shift and brake cables are hidden. In addition, it impresses visually through the anodized and robust surface. This makes it ideal for off-road use.

Storck

Since 1995 trend-setting and innovative bicycles have been the focus on Storck corporate philosophy . The dynamic team is not only responsible for the assembly, but also for the development of the wheels. The high quality is also reflected in the many test victories and designer awards that the company has already received.

The TIX by Storck hides in its name the statement This is Cross. Thus, the company already shows that this is the first cross bike in the range. Although it is a debut, the model convinces: The geometry is very compact and the weight is particularly low. A good springy fork is not only pleasant to drive but also a visual highlight. An exact running position is guaranteed by thru axles rear and front. For terrain, the bike is ideal.

BMC

The BMC Switzerland brand is one of the premium brands in the bicycle segment. The company was founded in 1994, in the meantime around 120 people are employed all over the world. The head office is in Grenchen in Switzerland. There, the company also has its own development and research facility, which is always working on design and technology. The bikes are always characterized by the highest standards in the areas of design, quality and production processes. Today, world-class cyclists regularly celebrate success with a BMC bike.

The Crossmachine CX01 by BMC convinced by a short wheelbase, eleven gears and a purist design. It can be ideally used on the racetrack. In this application, the not quite optimal brake quality is negligible.

Stevens

 The company Stevens was founded in 1990. In the same year, the company produced the first wheels with high-quality premium brands. Just one year later, the first Stevens collection was presented and presented at Eurobike. A milestone in the development of cross bikes was set when Stevens launched the first mountain bike with a carbon frame in 1991.

The Super Prestige Di2 Disc by Stevens convinces with a newly designed rear triangle in combination with a normal seat post, so that the sitting position is a bit more stretched than comparable models. Thanks to the tubular tires, the rolling behavior is mentioned very positively in the test.

Rose

 The company Rose can look back on an extremely long history in the bicycle industry like no other: The company started out as a small specialist retailer, today it is one of the international companies that is unique in the industry. The company is headquartered in Bocholt. There, the wheels are designed, then crafted by hand to finally be delivered throughout the world. The wheels are all made individually according to customer requirements. Due to the direct shipping is still the price-performance ratio.

The Pro DX Cross 3100 convinces in tests above all by its versatility: There is not only the possibility to attach mudguards and a luggage rack, also the side stand falls out of the frame. The frame made of aluminum together with the high-quality built-in technology nevertheless for an agile handling.

Internet vs. Specialists: where do I buy my bike best?

There are several ways to acquire a cross bike : Basically, however, one has to distinguish the two variants that buy Cross bike on the internet from which to buy it in a specialty store:

Almost all major specialist shops in the field of bicycle have in the meantime also cross bikes in their assortment. However, there are usually only a few models of major well-known companies. The selection is therefore not only limited, but often does not reflect the actual price range . Many retailers want to stand up by exhibiting high-quality models with well-known companies and neglect thereby the less expensive segment for beginners. Also, this limited choice often makes it difficult to compare models, not to mention that you can barely filter for personal needs. An advantage of buying in the trade is certainly that the Crossrad be taken directly into the hand and tested. So it can be personally found out if the handling of the cross bike would be alright. When buying at the retail outweigh but in the field of cross bikes, the disadvantages, as confirmed by the test. Not only the small selection, but the most oh expensive prices do not let the buyer recognize all possibilities.

The Warentest study therefore recommends buying the cross bike on the Internet. There, the interested party not only finds a large selection of different models, but can also search very carefully and apply filters according to their own needs. An advantage of buying on the Internet is therefore that it is very easy to compare the individual cross bikes based on the specified product features . Also, the prices are much more open on the Internet than in stores and it can always be found very good deals that a retailer can not offer. Individually adaptable to your personal needs you will find the right model quickly and easily.

Worth knowing & advice

The history of the cross bike

The history of the cross bike is still quite young: The first mountain bikes did not reach Europe until the 1980s. Until then, one understood almost exclusively by cyclists driving a racing bike. A disadvantage of the racing bikes, however, was that they are not suitable for all weather. This is not only due to the tires, which are not suitable for wet or icy roads, but also to the light, which often does not allow sufficient visibility through the dynamo. Thus, the drivers quickly remedy by modifying the steel frame and mounted wider tires. These also had a sufficient profile, so even on wet roadscould be driven with it. In order to still make the braking possible, the racing brake was replaced by a Canti brake, which was also suitable for the thicker tires . This is the birth of the first Geländerads, which was much more versatile than a conventional road bike.
In the 1920s, the exercise bike evolved into a professional bike that was built specifically for the purpose of cross-country driving. There were even races for this type of bike .
A true wave of enthusiasm experienced this versatile bicycle in the 1960s and 1970s. It was a new sport that drew thousands of people into its spell. So there were regular circuits with built obstacles, for which you even had to dismount. Famous people who made this sport popular were Mike Kluge or Klaus-Peter Thaler. They achieved world championship titles in this sport and thus created a boom in cycling.

Numbers, data, facts around the topic of cross-cycling

A cross bike is a mixture of different types of bicycles and combines for example elements of a road bike with those of a mountain bike. It is also best suited for driving rough terrain. But not only in the field, but also in the city, such a bike can be used very well and is therefore an absolute all-rounder.
The cross bike is a great way to stay active and ride varied routes by bike. Many models therefore comply with the regulations of the Highway Code.

In Germany, the all-rounders made from the 60s for true enthusiasm storms.

Master a cross bike in just a few steps

Even if a cross bike looks like a bike, it makes sense to read this instruction before the first ride . It shows how to best familiarize yourself with the cross bike . Before each tour and every workout you should take a few steps, which optimize the riding with the cross bike afterwards. Here is worth a check:

Step 1 First, you have to sit on the saddle of the cross bike. It is important that the center of gravity of the body is centered above the bike. Only then, the weight can be moved without problems to the rear or front. So you can easily respond to any situation, as the test shows.

step 2 the correct driving with the cross bike is as the test shows very easy and is usually intuitively done right. As with a conventional bike, the speed must be achieved by pedaling. the faster the pedals are pedaled, the faster the cross wheel moves forward at the end.

step 3 The right brakes must be practiced as well as the driving itself. Compared to a conventional bike, when riding a cross bike the rule is that you should avoid frequent soft braking. Instead, a rare hard braking is recommended. Only then can the hot running of the mounted brake discs are prevented. It is also advisable to brake only after and before corners. While driving through a curve, on the other hand, braking should ideally be avoided. It is important that one gets a feeling for the braking behavior on different floor coverings, so that one can react fast and correctly on every underground in case of emergency.

Tips for care and maintenance of the cross bike

Like a conventional bike , a cross bike will not be left dirty from time to time. How dirty it is in the end and how intensive the cleaning must be depends heavily on the field of application of the bicycle. So a road bike, which is used only on a dry and usually paved road is also much slower dirty than a mountain bike,which is driven even in the rain over muddy tracks. The cross bike is in the middle between the effort for a road bike and for a mountain bike. However, the exact effort depends on the type and intensity of use.

When it comes to maintenance, a crosswheel behaves like a conventional bicycle: Wear parts such as the circuit, pedals, tires or brakes need to be regularly maintained. Here, too, the interval of the maintenance intervals depends on the type of use: If the crosswheel was used predominantly on roads, the interval is higher than if it was used predominantly in the field. However, components such as the chain can be subjected to greater stress, for example due to crossover usage, the test shows.

An advantage of cross wheels, which also affects the maintenance, are the most puncture-resistant tires. These have Kevlar inserts. The frequency of a puncture can be significantly reduced by this construction.
Overall, the survey shows that the cost of care and maintenance is highly dependent on the quality of the components installed in the Crossrad . If the built-in components are particularly high-quality, this also has a positive effect on the load capacity. Also, with high-quality wheels, an expansion thanks to a very good accessibility to the individual parts usually easily possible.

W questions about the cross bike

Which is the lightest cross bike?

As a rule, the frame is made with a cross wheel made of aluminum. Despite its low weight, this material ensures extremely high stability and long durability. An alternative building material to aluminum is the material carbon. In the product test, models made of carbon are very good as they are much lighter, but the price is also much higher here.

What frame size do I need for my cross bike?

Every cyclist can use his measurements to calculate the optimal frame dimensions for him. For that a meter has to be used prepared. You stand with your back against the wall and have ideally taken off your shoes before. The feet must be parallel and shoulder width to each other. Then measure the distance between the feet and the crotch. Now the value only needs to be multiplied by the factor 0.61 in order to determine the optimal frame size.

What profile should the tires of the cross bike have?

In terms of profile, the tires of a crosswheel a balance between a small rolling resistance and a high off-road capability. While narrower versions allow for fast driving, they are often usable only on fixed routes. Who chooses a rough profile is indeed good on the road, but often has to do without speed on the road.

What is a cross bike?

A cross bike is a mixture of different types of bicycles and combines for example elements of a road bike with those of a mountain bike. It is also best suited for driving rough terrain. But not only in the field, but also in the city, such a bike can be used very well and is therefore an absolute all-rounder.

How often does a cross bike have to be maintained?

When it comes to maintenance, a crosswheel behaves like a conventional bicycle: Wear parts such as the circuit, pedals, tires or brakes need to be regularly maintained. Again, the interval of maintenance intervals depends on the type and intensity of use

Which handlebar should the crosswheel have?

The steering wheel of a crosswheel should allow stable control of the bike to be achieved, but at the same time it should also provide easy handling. Downhill handlebars and riser handlebars have prevailed. These are not straight, but have a bend in four places. An advantage of this steering wheel design is that the view can always be directed to the road without interfering handles in the way.

How many gears should the cross bike have?

Since a cross bike is an all-rounder and versatile is used, it is advisable to fall back on a model with 30 gears back. The test has put the sample to the test and shows that, especially when used in rough terrain due to the often steeper climbs a small subdivision of the gears makes sense.

Which brakes should the cross bike have?
For most cross bikes very handy disc brakes are installed. The advantage of these disc brakes is that they can do their duty in any weather and the bike can be used safely even in wet conditions. Rim brakes are rather unsuitable.

What must be considered when buying a cross bike?

For every bike and also for the cross bike , the first thing that counts is that the cross bike is easy to handle and sturdy enough to fulfill the desired purpose. It should also be resilient and may not be too heavy in everyday life to be suitable.

Which saddle has a cross bike?

So he ideally wanted to be well muffled to cushion shocks. When using the bike at long distances, he should also be comfortable enough to sit on it for a long period of time.

Alternatives to the cross bike: cross bike and mountain bike in comparison

As an alternative to the cross bike is often specified the mountain bike, as both have a certain similarity. Both bicycles are all-terrain models. If you are unsure about the choice between these two types of bicycles, you should trust the test and remember what the differences are between the two types: A mountain bike is usually characterized by 26-inch tires. The width measures on average 2.00. However, the practical test shows that tires of 2.25 or even 2.4 can be necessary for rough terrain. These provide sufficient traction and are necessary for the correct penetration protection. Compared with a mountain bike has a cross bike significantly larger tires, which are usually at 28 inches, but in the width only about 1.5 measure and are therefore much narrower. Both types of bicycles, like a juxtaposition, have a profile in terms of tires, which is absolutely suitable for off-road use. It is therefore a balance and is mainly related to the desired purpose: While the Crossrad is a good choice, especially in light terrain and on forest trails, the mountain bike is well usable even on challenging routes over rocks and roots. But the juxtaposition also shows the difference in sitting position: on a mountain bikeyou sit quite vertically, while the seating position is more sporty compared to a cross bike and is like a racing bike. Whether mountain bike or cross bike - the decision depends above all on where the journey by bike should go and which routes should be covered with it. This is also shown by the comparison, which shows no preference here.

Further links and sources

An extensive collection of articles on the subject of crosswheel can be found in the Tour Magazine. There, for example, interesting giants are presented: in two days with the cross bike through the Vosges or with the cross bike over and through mountains, the choice is great. Also, there are always test and the idea of new models:

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