The Advantages Of A Backup Bike

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Feb 21, 2013
  • Updated Jan 29, 2015 at 6:17 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Our Backup Bike Pick

The perfect backup bike should be equipped for all surfaces and conditions, and anything from a cyclocross bike to a full-suspension mountain bike can do the job. ’Cross bikes, however, might be the most versatile option and the CAADX has everything you need to get faster and more confident simply by taking it on fun rides.

Broad tires dissolve road vibration better than any frame material, so the affordable aluminum frame is a perfect match. Like most cyclocross rigs, the CAADX puts the rider in a more upright position than many road bikes, improving balance and handling on rough trails.

Cannondale’s MB700T disc brakes slow and stop the bike with more control and force than just about any road caliper.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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