Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Any 08 Tricross Sport owners? Did they fix the fork yet?
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07-19-08, 09:15 PM
I was getting really excited about a good deal on an 08 Tricross sport. I then did either the best or worst thing ever....I looked on this site. I did a search on the Tricross and it came back with all sorts of threads about fork shutter. It seems like this was a hot topic about a year or further back, but nothing recent. Does that mean that Specialized finally figured out the issue ad corrected it for the 08? Now I'm bummed. Should I still go for it?
07-19-08, 10:56 PM
I've had a Tricross Sport 07 since March/08 and have never experienced the shudder I've heard about on this forum. My frame size though is a 54cm and understand that the shudder only happened on the larger frame sizes. What size frame were you planning on getting?
Have 07 Tricross Comp 58 cm , no problems at all with fork issues . Changed brake pads to koolstop , improved braking power dramatically.
07-20-08, 09:12 AM
My bike was shaking pretty badly until I adjusted the brake pads and added more toe-in. This stopped the grab/release cycle which was causing the fork shudder. It has been good for about 200 miles now and if/when it comes back I'll just re-adjust the pads again.
I have a new '08 Tricross sport and I only experience the shuddering while applying brakes when I have lots of pressure on the front wheel and going very slow or coming to a stop. Basically you'd have to be standing on the pedals, leaning into the front and coming to a stop before experiencing the shake (and even then its not terrible). Apparently it's fixable though according to the previous poster.
07-21-08, 09:56 AM
It sounds to me like there never was a fork issue, only improperly set up brakes. Don't believe everything you read here. I wonder how many people were discouraged from buing a Tricross for a fork issue that never actually was.
07-21-08, 10:34 AM
I've heard this problem reported on a lot of cross bikes with canti brakes. I have a 2006 Tricross Comp and a 2008 Tricross Sport and have yet to have the fork shudder. I just bought a 2008 Trek Portland that I've heard the same thing about the shuddering fork, but I bet that if I adjust the brakes properly, I will never experience it. Like the poster above said, don't believe everything you hear. I'm sure people experience it, but it's not the fork.
07-21-08, 09:26 PM
I have 52cm 2007 Tricross Sport. +1 Saddle Up and Knobster's posts. I read those posts about fork shuddering a year or so ago. I think it was a brake adjustment that was needed. The 2008 is even better than 2007. Mine's mainly a commuter, though I did a 72-mile mountain bike ride on it recently, no problems. If you like the bike and it fits (you, your budget, and the riding you intend), get it.
07-22-08, 10:46 PM
spoke to my LBS about this and the guy reassured me that it should not be a problem. He said it was an issue that could be resolved with the proper toe-in mentioned above. He did state you may feel some shutter but only in rare occasions if the right combination of speed, weight, and braking all comes together in a perfect storm sort of way. He seemed more concerned if I planned on serious moutain trail cyclocross stuff vs. my intended city commute. I tried a 58 and 56 frame and went with the smaller one to give me a bit more room in the standover height. Now the only shutter I worry about is the shutter of fear when i tell my wife i bought another bike.
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