Many younger riders are familiar with road bikes and mountain bikes, but know little about cyclocross bikes. To many here in the US, cyclocross bikes look very much like road bikes, so what the heck makes them different? Good Question. The short and sweet of it is that cyclocross bikes are built for on and off road racing, popularized in Europe, these bikes are a hybrid of road bikes and mountain bikes. Bikes like the Bianchi Cavaria utilize similar geometry to standard performance road bikes, but use stronger and tougher components. In many cases even the frames are stronger than their road bike counterparts.