It might not be the first brand that springs to mind when it comes to cyclocross, but Fuji bikes has quite a pedigree in the sport. For starters, its top of the range Altamira CX is the choice steed of four-time US national ‘cross champion Jonathan Page.

While the Cross 1.3 Disc is no premium racing thoroughbred, for the price it offers a great entry into the sport. Add mounts for fenders and racks and it makes for a great all-rounder too.

  • Highs: Nimble handling and wise budget-friendly spec
  • Lows: Quick release axles, relatively basic frame construction
  • Buy if: You’re looking to try out cyclocross racing on a budget, but want the bike to do more

Ride and handling: Hungry for mud

If you’re new to cyclocross, fear not – the handling on offer from many CX machines isn’t so different to that of a sporty endurance style road bike. It’s

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