Touring - Specialized Tricross for Touring?
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02-26-07, 09:01 PM
I've had this bike recommended to me by several shops as an excellent bike for both commuting and touring. Does anyone have experience with the bike? Has anyone used it on a tour? Does it seems like it would make a good long distance bike based on specs?
02-27-07, 12:01 AM
I rode the tricross.. it was also recommended to me. But the more I lean toward loaded touring I have to stay away from the tricross. Nice bike, yes... but for touring... I don't think so. I don't think you can put racks on the carbon fork. And if you can... I'm sure they would not recommend carrying much weight on the fork. That gearing is not made for "loaded" touring.
As far as a long distance bike.. yeah.. as long as someone else is carrying most of your gear. I'd ride it on a fully supported tour! It's much more specifically designed for cyclocross than it is for touring. I'd imagine commuting wouldn't be too bad if you just had to mount a rack and rear panniers, or maybe get away with a midsize saddlebag.
Nice lookin' bike.. but not a touring bike. If you want a touring bike, you won't have any problem commuting. And for the bottom of the line tricross price, you can get a pretty nice touring bike.
02-27-07, 08:35 AM
I was told the fork has a "lifetime guarantee" when I looked at it. Changing the rear cluster would not be a big deal to get better gearing. It picqued my curiosity! very nice looking bike!
03-02-07, 09:02 AM
I was thinking of one of these for a Rando bike, but even for that Iwould switch it out to a triple. Not a good choice for a touring bike due to the fork and gearing as mentioned.
03-03-07, 12:37 AM
The Tricross Sport does come standard with a triple. Maybe last year it didn't. Is the gearing suitable for touring?
03-03-07, 12:53 AM
Their middle of the range tricross bike costs more then a Bruce Gordon Basic Loader Tourer (BLT) purpose-built for fully loaded touring. All of the tricross top tubes look a bit odd, a marketing thing? I crawled through the Specialized site and could not find their tricross gearing. Please check out www.bgcycles.com
I do not have a Tricross yet but have looked at them a lot and plan on getting one eventually. The 07 low end model has a 50-39-30 with a 11/34 cassette. That is plenty low for touring. When I get one I will probably swp the the 30 for a 26 or something on the front for even lower gearing. I plan to use one for light touring and commuting. I don't see why it would be a problem. I'm going to give it a shot because I can't afford several bikes and I want something faster for when I'm not touring. I can put on some skinny tires and still go on group rides without much trouble.
03-03-07, 09:57 AM
I was surprised what sinksand said about the triple on the tricross....in Canada this model did not exist last year, I think it would make a nice touring bike.
03-03-07, 08:26 PM
I've been doing a little more comparing, and the Tricross actually has longer chainstays and a longer wheelbase than the Bianchi Volpe, which is constantly recommended as an excellent touring bike. The carbon fork is a concern, but only if it is loaded with a rack and panniers. For people looking to tour with about 20lbs of gear or less, it seems like a viable choice. Am I still missing something important that would make this bike a poor choice for touring?
03-04-07, 02:00 AM
I am not sure if this would be the bike I would choose to ride down the Continental divide or to the tip of SA but I think it would be fine if not a great bike to go cross country with an average amount of gear. They make the fork to take a low rider, you have to assume that it will take it. I think this may be a nice ride. The wheels on the lowest model seem fine as the bike goes up in cost the wheels loose spokes, the tricross sport should be fine for ratios and spoke count. I will be checking back to see what others have to say. What about the expert as a rando bike for me...any comment?
03-09-07, 09:17 AM
I have the '06 Tricross Comp. I credit card toured with it in Nova Scotia. Nothing huge, but I had Arkel T-42 rear panniers and a Tail Rider on OMM Sherpa rack. It worked great! I have yet to put a front rack or panniers, but looking to give it a go this summer.
The bike is extremely stable, and out of the box, was more than able to shoulder the load. No camping gear, but the panniers were full of clothing and gear. It has compact gearing, and really didn't lament for lowering gearing on this trip. However, more hills, heavier load, I would probably want to go lower.
The reason I used a Sherpa rack instead of a Red Rock is because of the frame. I had a real problem mounting a Blackburn rack on the rear chainstay eyelets. One eyelet was misaligned and the rack doesn't center over the tire. I'm being anal, but I had to bend the rack to get it to fit, and it still was off center. So I went with the Sherpa with its axle mounting design. Voila, rack mount was centered and no bending required.
I thought the defect in my frame was just limited to mine, but I noticed in another BF member's pix that his Tricross had the same issue. He didn't particularly care, but I did.
I recommend the Tricross as a do-it-all bike: commuting, road riding, club rides, some off-road, and touring for a weekend to a week long. I wouldn't want to use it for a transcontinental, fully-loaded tour. BTW the '07 Comp comes with a triple, so it's better geared for heavy touring.
03-09-07, 05:58 PM
This bike (the Tricross Sport) caught my eye last week at a local bike shop. I've looked at it a few times now. Nice looking bike. Triple crank. Mounts for racks front and rear (no need for clamps on the carbon fork...). Something different from the usual cylindrical tubing look.
Haven't ridden it yet, but it's a very nice bike. Specialized would not make a weak frame, especially for a cross bike. I see nothing wrong with it for long tours. They didn't put the rack mounts on for nothing -- they're meant to be used, and to be used for racks and loads.
If you fall in love with it, why go with 'sensible shoes'? Makes for a dull life.
03-09-07, 06:07 PM
I liked the long chainstays too.
Frankly, it looks like a great bike (cross, touring, commuting, all-round bike) from an excellent company.
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