The Bean has fallen asleep after his birthday morning of Swedish House Mafia and chocolate chip pancakes (his current two favorite things) so it's time for a blog post!
There are really two ways of looking at a cyclocross bike, and I think you can learn a lot about a builder or rider's attitude about riding on dirt from figuring out which kind of cyclocross bike person they are.
Please take note - I don't think either way is wrong or right. I am firmly on one side (I'll let you guess which) but it's not at all an adversarial thing. Some people like chocolate, some like vanilla.
As you might have guessed, I mostly build mountain bikes dressed up as cyclocross bikes (ie Type 2), because I figure you want to design for the gnarliest terrain you think you'll ride and figure the bike will do fine on all the easier stuff. Most of my customers are not exactly casual riders (maybe if stopped making fun of casual-riding dentists I'd make more money...) so they tend to want cyclocross bikes that can get dirty, race, go exploring, and maybe even fill in for a mountain bike in a pinch.
-71 head tube/75 seat tube
-For a 47mm offset tapered steerer Enve fork, 570mm front center and 70mm trail.
-51cm toptube, sloping 11 degrees.
-42cm chainstays, clearance for a 35c tire.
-Disc specific, ready for a compact double or single ring setup (front derailleurs are dead, Pamela!)
-275mm/10.8" BB height.
-S-bendy stays for style, True Temper OX platinum pipes, 3.6# frame.
Is it a mountain bike? Obviously not, but it's not just a road bike with big tires, either.
Also pictured: Waltworks Zero, the first bike I ever built. Now sadly relegated to snow-day commuting only for Sarah.