A cyclocross bike is essentially a road bike with some frame and component modifications. It features the drop bars and 700c wheels of traditional road bikes, but has cantilever brakes for better stopping power and additional clearance for wide, knobby tires. This bike was designed for cyclocross racing which was developed in Europe as a way for road racers to remain fit during off times. The real benefit to the average cyclist of the cyclocross is its versatility. It can be used as a fast commuter, a tourer or road bike. Its tough, looks great and handles almost anything you can throw at it. Well worth a look.