Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Sprint Triathlons
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09-27-09, 06:30 AM
Not sure if this is the correct forum but found the bike I was looking to purchase in here. My wife and I are looking at purchasing Specialized Tricross, mostly for everyday use but also for sprint triathlons. Does anyone have an opinion on this bike and if it would be a good match for this. We still need to be able to hook up the trailer for the kids so going completely road bike is out of the question. We're new to biking and will be new to triathlons as well. Mostly sports and running throughout our life. Probably won't go beyond sprint and olympic size triathlons. Thanks...
09-27-09, 09:54 AM
If it was me, I would go with a decent aluminum Tri bike. No reason why you couldn't use it to pull a trailer. Doubt it'd be fun to use for everyday riding, but it would obviously be the right choice for Tri's. I have heard people using the Tricross for Tri's, but never heard how well it worked for them. The other option, in my mind, would be an aluminum road bike like a Trek 1200. Work work for Tri's, but would be better for everyday riding than a Tri bike.
I have used my cross bike for 2 sprint triathlons. I have also used it for road racing and charity rides. Just swap the tires for road tires. Plus, its fun to pass people on Tri bikes.
09-29-09, 08:44 PM
i dont see why it wouldnt work fine for triathlons but i think there are a 100 bikes that are better. i own a tricross and i ride it all the time.
09-30-09, 08:23 AM
So basically you want an all-around road bike that will also handle trailer duty. As long as it has the right braze-ons for hooking up the trailer, Tricross would be great.
If you ever get more serious about triathlons, then you could look into updating your wheels, adding aerobars, and swapping the stem for a more aggressive position. If you get more serious still, then you can look into a tri-specific frame. But for now Tricross fits the bill perfectly.
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