Best cyclocross bikes 2022: a buyer's guide

Want the best cyclocross bike that's ready to race and can handle anything the course throws at it? Here's our pick of cyclocross bikes we've tested

Best cyclocross bikes

The best cyclocross bikes are specifically designed to help you tackle everything thrown at you in a cyclocross race - a sub hour event which takes place on a closed-off road circuit and can contain grass, tracks, sand and obstacles such as low barriers, steps and steep banks.

All riders complete laps of the same course, which means that they can be incredibly accessible for beginners, with the most competitive athletes simply completing more laps in the timeframe.

Previously a niche winter sport from Belgium, cyclocross racing has outgrown its historic reputation to become an exploit enjoyed all over the world. It's even shaken off the winter-only prerequisite, as there are summer leagues now, too.

Now is an ideal opportunity to invest in one of the best cyclocross bikes as many will be heavily discounted in the sales. Our best Cyber Monday bike deals hub is full of great  offers from across the web, so be sure to swing by if you are looking to save some money on a purchase. 

Ridley Kanzo A Apex1 Disc Gravel Bike: was $2045.99 (opens in new tab)

Ridley Kanzo A Apex1 Disc Gravel Bike: was $2045.99 now $1369.99 at Wiggle  (opens in new tab)

There's a 33% saving to be had on the Ridley, which while badges as a gravel bike, is quite happy with a foot in both camps thanks to it's ability to a either add fenders or be stripped down as a race bike. Aluminium frame and carbon forks are teamed with a SRAM Apex 1x11s 11-42, but be aware at this price point you are still getting mechanical disc brakes. 

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Vitus Energie VR Cyclocross Bike: was £899.99 now £629.99 at Wiggle (opens in new tab)

Wiggle house brand of bikes are always highly regarded by us here at Cycling Weekly. While we've not reviewed this specific model, we're confident that it will be a great starter bike for anyone new to cyclocross racing. The aluminium frame is teamed with a carbon fork and mechanical disc brakes. It is an unbranded groupset, but it's a decent 1x10speed,11-40T which should be enough to tackle most courses. All sizes are still available, but only the chrome colourway. 

The best cyclocross bikes