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Old 04-21-07, 12:04 PM   #1
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crosstrail or tricross?

Hi guys n' gals;

I had my mind set on a Tricross comp cross bike over the past month or so. My LBS was out of stock with a 56cm size and it's STILL on order which has given me the chance to second guess my decision.

The triple crank, the versatility of the tricross comp was what sold me initially. Now I'm thinking about a Crosstrail or some type of hybrid instead.

For the most part, I'll be riding to work on the bike I choose and for recreational purposes, it will be in the trails but because of where I live (it's real flat here in Edmonton, AB), downhill riding is out of the question. About 3 times a year, I will be using this bike in adventure races which can mean a variety of terrain as well.

Any comments? or Suggestions? Thanks for reading
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Old 04-21-07, 02:47 PM   #2
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Bianchi Volpe.
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Old 04-21-07, 02:58 PM   #3
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If you are looking for comparables, the Axis is a better comparison than the volpe. Volpe = tank.

At anyrate, I'd stay clear of the hybrid. If you're area is flat, I'm guessing your #1 nemisis is wind. Hybrid's are not your friend in a headwind.
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Well, the Tricross is a cyclocross bike, which means that there may be some areas where you're gonna have to jump off and carry the bike over your shoulder.

With that said, I would also take a tricross, because I like my drop bars and hate flats & risers.
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If you are looking for comparables, the Axis is a better comparison than the volpe. Volpe = tank.

At anyrate, I'd stay clear of the hybrid. If you're area is flat, I'm guessing your #1 nemisis is wind. Hybrid's are not your friend in a headwind.
excellent point. wind is brutal here.
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Tricross also has the flat top tube designed for easy carrying over your shoulder. Me thinks this is a cool feature.
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+1 for tricross. Drop bars make a big difference if you have to deal with windy conditions.

The weight added by crossroads shock won’t be worth it unless you ride off-road in conditions that demand it. (Maybe that adventure race will.)

Don’t get hung up on the triple. Unless you climb hills or plan on carry lots of weight for longer distances (i.e. touring), you could get by with a compact double.
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The triple might be good for adventure racing though, but a cross bike with a double will still be faster than the hybrid 99.9 percent of the time, off road it will still be faster unless it gets real hardcore.

Volpe is only a tank if you're a weight wheenie. It's probably 25 pounds or so? If 4 pounds or whatever really makes a big difference to you, you should go anorexic.

It sounds like any cross bike will fit your needs well, particularly one with a triple. I'd say stick with the tricross.
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Tricross Comp. I have an '06 with compact and love it. I'm not digging the triple, though it makes the bike more versatile. The frame on the '07 is better than last years.
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The triple might be good for adventure racing though, but a cross bike with a double will still be faster than the hybrid 99.9 percent of the time, off road it will still be faster unless it gets real hardcore.

Volpe is only a tank if you're a weight wheenie. It's probably 25 pounds or so? If 4 pounds or whatever really makes a big difference to you, you should go anorexic.

It sounds like any cross bike will fit your needs well, particularly one with a triple. I'd say stick with the tricross.
I should have specified...it feels like a tank. I rode the volpe and a JTS and bought the JTS because of the tank-like ride of the volpe. My jts now rides like a tank after adding all the commuter stuff, but I have to think...how much heavier would the volpe have felt?

I personally would not compromise with a compact crank. I've tried them and they are a double-triple shifting nightmare (with a chainring shift the gap is so wide that 2 or 3 shifts of the rear cassette are required to get to the gear you desire), with chainring shifts being a common occurence on every ride.

On a triple you can ride most of the time in the middle ring, and shifting chainrings is a 1 shift adjustment on the cassete vs 3 on the compact. You may still get the low gearing on the compact crank, but you pay for it in riding ease. A triple you pay for in tuning complications if riding an indexed bike like the one you are considering (not true with friction shifting or campy ergos) and a tiny amount of weight difference. At the extreme a slightly more sluggish cassette shift due to the longer cage.

So my choice if I were in your situation would be: #1 wait for the bike I want. #2 if the wait gets to long, buy a similar bike with a compact crank (I can always modify the bike to make it a triple if the double's not working). #457 consider maybe getting a hybrid.
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hey everyone who's read and posted their .02 to my post. update- i got the tricross comp and i love it. it's been ridden for only 60 miles but the bike just wants to move on it's own. went through some trails in the city of Edmonton's river valley and punished the mtn bikers who were with me. thanks for helpin' me make the right choice.
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How different is the Tricross from the road-oriented Roubaix? I currently have a Marin San Anselmo (basically a nice hybrid, decked out with suspension). The Roubaix I own is a fairly new purchase (October) and I am getting tired of my upright position and wind issues on the Marin bike, so I'm looking for a different bike. The Tricross I am interested in because of how much I love the Roubaix.

I currently use the Marin for commuting and shopping and other around town work. It has a rack, fenders, headlight, tail light, etc.

Thoughts?

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How different is the Tricross from the road-oriented Roubaix? I currently have a Marin San Anselmo (basically a nice hybrid, decked out with suspension). The Roubaix I own is a fairly new purchase (October) and I am getting tired of my upright position and wind issues on the Marin bike, so I'm looking for a different bike. The Tricross I am interested in because of how much I love the Roubaix.

I currently use the Roubaix for commuting and shopping and other around town work. It has a rack, fenders, headlight, tail light, etc.

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Heavier. Ability to tour. Wider tires. Canti brakes. Not as fast. More versatile.
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On the cusp of purchasing a tricross comp myself... Sexy.
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just a quick update, been on my new tricross for 100km or so and it's been great... aside from the rear deraileur needing some adjustment, the bike is fast and comfortable. not a huge fan of the canti's, breaking power severly decreased, but the triple crank has come in handy already in the steep climbs. i'll be taking it into innerlimits.ca adventure race next wknd in calgary... stay tuned for a better update.
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it's unfortunate that i had to withdraw from the race. i rolled over on my ankle pretty bad and haven't been able to ride for 5 days now Inthe10ring, did you get the tricross comp yet?
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