Best cyclo-cross bikes: 'Cross is always coming, so here are the best CX bikes out there

Best cyclocross bikes
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Whether it's the sand dunes of Koksijde, the cobbled climb of the Koppenbergcross, or commuting to work on a mix of canal towpath and tarmac, the best cyclo-cross bikes pack a level of versatility seen in few other cycling genres.

Originally developed as a way to spice up winter training using road bikes, the modern 'cross bike still retains a healthy dose of that road bike DNA, but with features and geometry designed specifically to tackle the technical turns, steep climbs, and deep mud you only really find in a cyclo-cross course.

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Graham has been part of the Cyclingnews team since January 2020. He has mountain biking at his core and can mostly be found bikepacking around Scotland or exploring the steep trails around the Tweed Valley. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has gained a reputation for riding fixed gear bikes both too far and often in inappropriate places.

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