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    First Impressions on my Trek CrossRip Comp

    I been looking to re-start my bike commuting in earnest this go round as gas prices seem to be heading north to stay and I figured why not just make it official, but I decided, I was going to put together a comfortable ride with solid components.

    I did a lot of researching and decided to go with the 2014 Trek CrossRip Comp as I decided to remove the drive train from my steel frame road bike, which I no longer rode, and move it over to the CrossRip. All Trek CrossRip versions have the same frame and fork combo's, only differences are the components and brakes.

    My bike is now configured with the following:

    Items pull from old frame:
    Crank: Shimano 105 - 5600 10 speed
    Cassette: Shimano 105 - 12-25 10 speed
    Deraileurs: Shimano Ultegra 6600 Front and Rear
    Chain: DuraAce 10 speed
    Seatpost: Specialized Carbon Fiber setback

    The following came with the bike I have not changed them out.
    Brakes: Avid BB5 160 front, 140 Rear
    Rims: Bontrager Nebula 32 spoke Front\Rear
    Hubs: Formula DC20 front\ DC22 Rear - Disc 6 bolt
    Tires: Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, 700x32c
    Handlebar: Bontrager Race Lite IsoZone, VR-CF, 31.8mm
    Stem: Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree 70mm
    Headset: Cartridge bearings, sealed

    I added:

    Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra 6800 external. The old one was tired and worn out
    Bontrager rear rack and fenders
    Lizard Skin 2.5 Black bar tape. Love this stuff...worth every penny...and there are a lot of pennies in the price.
    Time Roc ATAC S pedals
    Garmin Out From computer mount


    Weight as described above: 25.9 lbs. While not light, still lighter than the bike I used to commute on now, a 2003 Trek 7300, weight 28.6 lbs.

    I took my first ride today, sort of a recovery ride, as I did 65 miles on Saturday for the Jacksonville Tour de Cure. 20 miles, and man I could feel the weight difference from my Cannondale SuperSix, but other than that, it rode great. The wheels and tires are slightly heavy, but spin nice. The bike was very smooth, did not have a lot of road buzz from the frame, being aluminum this was a surprise, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I plan to replace the tire and more than likely the wheels to reduce some weight, probably go to 700x28's , removing 3-4 lbs overall with the combination of tires and Wheels. I believe this is a setup that I will have for a long time that will make my commute much less of a slog and something I look forward to each day.

    If you are looking for a road bike fit for your commuter...I would highly recommend looking at this Bike.



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    Good looking build; the silver shimano parts look sharp on this bike. I'm a big fan of cross bikes.

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    Yea, the lettering is more of a silver to me versus a white, so it fit pretty nicely with the flat black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    Yea, the lettering is more of a silver to me versus a white, so it fit pretty nicely with the flat black.
    I bought a Crossrip Comp a couple of months ago to use as a touring bike. I see the the lettering as white so I added white fenders. The guys at the LBS were aghast until they saw the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakhotason View Post
    I bought a Crossrip Comp a couple of months ago to use as a touring bike. I see the the lettering as white so I added white fenders. The guys at the LBS were aghast until they saw the bike.

    I can see the white fenders being cool. My fenders have yet to come in...got lost somewhere along the way, should be here Tuesday. How is your bike holding up? Have you had any issues with the wheels or brakes? I considered upgrading the brakes, but since I live in a flat area...figured the BB5 was enough to do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    I can see the white fenders being cool. My fenders have yet to come in...got lost somewhere along the way, should be here Tuesday. How is your bike holding up? Have you had any issues with the wheels or brakes? I considered upgrading the brakes, but since I live in a flat area...figured the BB5 was enough to do the job.
    The bike is doing great. Did my first 100 mile trip day before yesterday with no problems at all. Be careful with the paint because it mars fairly easily. The brakes, especially the front, grinded, howled, screeched, and moaned for the first few weeks but the LBS assured me it was normal and would soon quiet down. And they did. I live in a hilly to mountainous area and the brakes do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakhotason View Post
    The bike is doing great. Did my first 100 mile trip day before yesterday with no problems at all. Be careful with the paint because it mars fairly easily. The brakes, especially the front, grinded, howled, screeched, and moaned for the first few weeks but the LBS assured me it was normal and would soon quiet down. And they did. I live in a hilly to mountainous area and the brakes do just fine.
    excellent...I did have to adjust mine a little, when I came out of the seat and put a little torque on the front wheel, they were rubbing slight and I thought the caliper was hitting the spokes. LBS told me to just adjust the pads a little and I was finally able to get them all quiet. Start my commuting adventures in the morning... but man the heat is going to come on with a vengence this week. By Friday, it is suppose to be 96, but clear weather, so I should be good until my fenders come in.

    By the way, did you get the kick stand with yours? I notice these 2 small points near the rear brake and they told me it was for the kick stand. I had planned to just use the one I had, but it would not work with the disc setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    excellent...I did have to adjust mine a little, when I came out of the seat and put a little torque on the front wheel, they were rubbing slight and I thought the caliper was hitting the spokes. LBS told me to just adjust the pads a little and I was finally able to get them all quiet. Start my commuting adventures in the morning... but man the heat is going to come on with a vengence this week. By Friday, it is suppose to be 96, but clear weather, so I should be good until my fenders come in.

    By the way, did you get the kick stand with yours? I notice these 2 small points near the rear brake and they told me it was for the kick stand. I had planned to just use the one I had, but it would not work with the disc setup.

    Aha! So that's what the holes are for. I pondered over that for many a mile.

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    Excellent review. My wife and I picked up 2014 CrossRip LTDs for commuting on in the Pacific Northwest. We both really like those bikes. The only problems we've had so far have been spoke/wheel related and the LBS, today, started the process to have Trek replace my rear wheel under warranty.

    I'm going to have to check into adding a kickstand as an option - could be useful for our commute.

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    Yep, I have already been in touch with Boyd at Boyd Cycling, and they are planning to offer disc based Altamont wheels for those with disc brakes, I think they just 6 bolt, but I asked him if there will be a center lock option. Pricing will be the same as the rim brake models and will only be offered in the 24/28 spoke options which is great as I have the Altamont's on my road bike and I really like them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff556 View Post
    Excellent review. My wife and I picked up 2014 CrossRip LTDs for commuting on in the Pacific Northwest. We both really like those bikes. The only problems we've had so far have been spoke/wheel related and the LBS, today, started the process to have Trek replace my rear wheel under warranty.

    I'm going to have to check into adding a kickstand as an option - could be useful for our commute.

    What was the issue on the wheel?? Also, did you have any issues with the rotors rubbing when you put a little torque on the front end like when I come out of the saddle primarily. Don't really hear anything while I am riding. I've adjusted the pads a bit to try to eliminate this, but it bugs me. Coming from a total rim brake background...never had this issue and not real sure where to go from here. I talked to my LBS and they said that Disc brakes can be a little finicky and did some adjustments, but I can still hear it. Sounds like something hitting the spokes.

    Just a little Follow up. Finally got my fenders, kickstand and I bought a Light and Motion Urban 550. That is a pretty bright light compared to what I am used to. I need to get a better picture...but this will have to do.


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    I also order me some of these for the bike. I just happened to email Boyd Cycling about some disc hubbed wheels and he said that he is in the process of getting some disc hub wheels without the sidewall machined and said he had a pair he be willing to sell me. As I already have the Altamont's on my SuperSix and love them, so I knew what I was getting and I ordered them on Thursday. Can't wait for them to come in. He does not have it on his order site just yet, but did post about it on his facebook site. This must have been fate as the picture of the wheels, which I got from his facebook site; shows the wheels with the Hutchinson Sector 28's which I have been mulling over putting on the Trek since I ordered it as I want to move the bike to tubeless eventually. He told me they were a breeze to go on and really liked them. I think I am just going to run the tire that came with the bike and once they wear down a bit, I will pick up the Sector's.


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    My rear wheel has been breaking spokes.

    The latest break occurred when we were out on our first overnight bike touring trip. Trek, and our LBS, have both been excellent to work with. My new wheel should arrive this week from Trek. If a new wheel doesn't stop the spokes breaking I'll move to handmade wheels.

    I haven't had any unusual sounds. The CrossRip LTD has the TRP Hyrd breaks, and those have been a little easier - for me at least! - to get dialed in than pure mechanical discs like the BB7s for example.

    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    What was the issue on the wheel?? Also, did you have any issues with the rotors rubbing when you put a little torque on the front end like when I come out of the saddle primarily. Don't really hear anything while I am riding. I've adjusted the pads a bit to try to eliminate this, but it bugs me. Coming from a total rim brake background...never had this issue and not real sure where to go from here. I talked to my LBS and they said that Disc brakes can be a little finicky and did some adjustments, but I can still hear it. Sounds like something hitting the spokes.

    Just a little Follow up. Finally got my fenders, kickstand and I bought a Light and Motion Urban 550. That is a pretty bright light compared to what I am used to. I need to get a better picture...but this will have to do.


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    I also order me some of these for the bike. I just happened to email Boyd Cycling about some disc hubbed wheels and he said that he is in the process of getting some disc hub wheels without the sidewall machined and said he had a pair he be willing to sell me. As I already have the Altamont's on my SuperSix and love them, so I knew what I was getting and I ordered them on Thursday. Can't wait for them to come in. He does not have it on his order site just yet, but did post about it on his facebook site. This must have been fate as the picture of the wheels, which I got from his facebook site; shows the wheels with the Hutchinson Sector 28's which I have been mulling over putting on the Trek since I ordered it as I want to move the bike to tubeless eventually. He told me they were a breeze to go on and really liked them. I think I am just going to run the tire that came with the bike and once they wear down a bit, I will pick up the Sector's.


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    Thanks for the info...
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    Here is an updated picture with my new Boyd Altamont's with Disc Hubs and no rim brake option. They are a sweet ride.

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