Hybrid Bicycles - Was It Worth What I Paid (Specialized Crosstrail)?
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03-17-10, 09:13 AM
Just picked up a Specialized Crosstrail 09' (Base model) for $250 used. Problem is the gears/chain has been slipping a lot, making noise as it goes around, and theres some rust on a few of the screws. I am just getting back into biking and noticed the price new on these bikes is $400-700 dollars before taxes, I had to jump on it. Good deal or should I have waited. Would a tune up solve these problems? The bike did not go through regular maintenance looks as though it has never been lubed up on the gears after being bought and never wiped down after being ridden in the rain. I am no expert but the frame seemed solid, brakes worked although the triggers seem a little loose, tires and rim looked good, and just a few scratches here and there. My biggest issues have been lack of smoothness while peddling it seems the chain does always immediately catch. Also I do not know anything about bike suspension but it does not seem to lock out and I am not sure how it is supposed to correctly feel. How much is repair going to run me? Can I make this bike like new (performance wise)? Thanks for any info.
03-17-10, 09:33 AM
I think you got a decent buy.
It may require new chain, cassette on the rear wheel, and it's unlikely the big sprockets(chainrings) will need anything.
Start with a tuneup, and tell the LBS your concerns, keeping in mind that you may have to buy those two parts.
Clean it up, and enjoy it - it's a nice bike.
03-17-10, 09:47 AM
Thanks. I hope I don't have to put too much money into it because my funds are limited. The big sprocket the peddles connect to with the hooks for the chain does has rust on it as well. I am also worried a little bit about the alignment of the tires. There is a very slight wobble in the tires when I flip the bike upside down and turn the peddles. Is that normal?
I took it out for a ride the other night in the rain, rode pretty good on the streets of D.C. V-Brakes stopped me when I needed to, frame was fine. I must have put 10 miles on it that night. I can't wait until they open up some more bike lanes. I read in the paper the other day they are planning on adding a good number of new bike lanes across the city. The bike is great for the area or any older big cities with rotting infrastructure and heavy traffic. Tires are smooth with some ridges along the sides which is great for the mostly paved surfaces and the suspension came in handy with all the cracks and potholes. I think I found I new hobby. It sucked the gears were not working right or that fact I could not lock out the suspension when I hit the real nasty hills.
03-17-10, 11:07 AM
Take it to a bike shop for a complete tuneup and new chain. Unless it was ridden hard, the cassette is likely still OK. Have them tension and true the wheels while they have it. Its only an 09, it should be fine! I recommend SRAM chains myself... Always have had very good luck with them, and I am a bigger guy :) Or, Maybe someone here is from your area and could help you do it???
They are nice bikes, i looked at one, but decided my needs were road only as i have a mountain bike. I have an 09 sirrus. Specialized makes very nice bikes, and I tend to prefer their offerings over Trek, who makes very good bikes as well. The Crosstrail sport has the lockout fork... You could just set the preload real stiff if its adjustable?
Congrats on the new bike, cycling is a pure joy :)
03-17-10, 11:34 AM
I'm going to arrange an appointment at a local shop as soon as I can and ask for a complete tune up and describe my problems. I guess I have the sport version if the lockouts are only on that model or higher end. Mine has these caps on the top of the suspension you can turn but they are hard to turn on my bike and I could not get the suspension to lock out. I didn't even know which direction I should have been turning though, + or minus -. At least I think they are lock outs.
03-17-10, 12:51 PM
I don't think + or - are lockouts, that's probably pre-load or dampening. Is it an 8spd or 7spd? 8spd is the sport, 7spd is the base model.
03-17-10, 06:54 PM
So how can I stiffen the suspension for the road? You do want a stiffer suspension on the road correct? Turn towards the +? I'm pretty sure its the 7 speed too.
Another question. Do you want to use a higher or lower gear for hills? Some wickid hills in some parts of this city.
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