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Old 12-20-12, 01:29 PM   #1
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2013 Specialized Tricross Steel

Christmas came a little early! Finally got my 2013 Specialized TriCross Steel! (ordered it back in Sept) Was really leaning towards a Surly Cross Check but wanted disc brakes. Wasn't too many other options available in steel. It's surprising how much it reminds me of a Long Haul Trucker, even has extra spoke holder on the chain-stay. So far I love it, only have about 20 miles on it because its rained just about every day I've had it so far. My only complain is the saddle, it's like sitting on the narrow edge of a 2x4. This is my first "road" bike. I've always had mountain bikes in the past. Amazing difference in climbing and speed. The thing just moves!





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Old 12-20-12, 01:33 PM   #2
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nice!

that is a nice looking bike! congrats!

how is it different than cross bike? smoother tires and disc brakes... what else?

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Old 12-20-12, 04:32 PM   #3
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that is a nice looking bike! congrats!

how is it different than cross bike? smoother tires and disc brakes... what else?
I'm no cycling expert, but I believe cross bikes have the cables routed on the top of the top tube for shouldering, these are on the bottom. The regular aluminium tricross has the cables routed internally, these are exposed. I think the TriCross was Specialized's cross bike until the Crux came out. The TriCross is now marketed as a multi-function bike, commuting, touring, cross, light trail, etc. Has quite a few braze ons. Again, I'm hardly a bike expert, but I'm very happy with it so far. I primarily using it as a fitness bike and errand runner. I have no interest in ever racing so weight isn't an issue (I could stand to lose a few pounds anyway! ) Comfort was my primary goal and I would like to take a stab at bike camping/touring this summer which is why I wanted steel. It has a very good upright ride which I also like.
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Old 12-20-12, 04:50 PM   #4
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Nice looking bike. Enjoy
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Awesome bike! Love the minimal graphics. Nothing is worse than being a non-paid walking billboard.
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I'm no cycling expert, but I believe cross bikes have the cables routed on the top of the top tube for shouldering, these are on the bottom.
Clearly, they were aiming at the commuter/tour bike segment, not the racer,

note also the spare spoke rack on the left chainstay..

Tricross used to be just a tire knob shape .. on their tires.



One thing you missed, At point of sale was the best time
to add a rear rack and mudguards.

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Very nice. Enjoy!
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Beautiful bike! Looks very versatile!
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That's a sexy beast!
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What's the groupset on this bike?


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note also the spare spoke rack on the left chainstay..
Good eye!
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What's the groupset on this bike?




Good eye!
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... Comfort was my primary goal and I would like to take a stab at bike camping/touring this summer which is why I wanted steel. It has a very good upright ride which I also like.
I am interested in trying some bike camping/ touring as well this coming year. I have a motobecame fantom cx. it is aluminum, cyclocross, and i have a rear rack. I hope I can get everything in my panniers and ride to somewhere nearby.
I rode a Raleigh Clubman and it rode so nice but I could not afford the price tag.

let me know of your plans as they develop.
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Awesome bike! Too bad it is so expensive.
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I too had my mind set on getting a Cross-Check, but have recently stumbled cross the Specialized Tricross.

All of the models I see on the Specialized website say they are aluminum though - where did you find the steel version? From what I've read all around, a steel frame (the Cross-Check) is a much better ride than the aluminum, yes?

I like that the Tricross has the 2nd pair of brake levers for when you're not riding on the hoods or in the drops.


I'll be looking to use the bike for commuting and light touring.

Any input is appreciated!
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I too had my mind set on getting a Cross-Check, but have recently stumbled cross the Specialized Tricross.

All of the models I see on the Specialized website say they are aluminum though - where did you find the steel version? From what I've read all around, a steel frame (the Cross-Check) is a much better ride than the aluminum, yes?

I like that the Tricross has the 2nd pair of brake levers for when you're not riding on the hoods or in the drops.


I'll be looking to use the bike for commuting and light touring.

Any input is appreciated!
According to my LBS, Specialized went to aluminum for the 2014 models. Not sure why.
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That's unfortunate. The website looks like they dropped the steel version in 2014, mine is a 2013. Lucky me, now my bike is "rare" :-)
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Similar-ish bikes with steel frames and discs include Surly Straggler and Kona Rove:

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/straggler

http://www.konaworld.com/rove.cfm

I bought a Rove recently.
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That's unfortunate. The website looks like they dropped the steel version in 2014, mine is a 2013. Lucky me, now my bike is "rare" :-)
maybe my shop will still have some 2013s.
I'm not sure anyone answered my question above though - an aluminum ride is not as smooth as steel, correct? so if i can get a 2013 steel model, i definitely should, yes?

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Similar-ish bikes with steel frames and discs include Surly Straggler and Kona Rove:

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/straggler

http://www.konaworld.com/rove.cfm

I bought a Rove recently.
I don't care for the disc brakes, and the one thing that I liked about the Tricross was the 2nd set of brake levels on the top part of the drops for when you are more casually riding.
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