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Old 12-27-12, 04:40 PM   #1
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Comparing the 2012 Trek GF Lane vs. 2013 Trek CrossRip

I am still on a never ending search for a good all-rounder bike. I have a decent amount of gift cards to a local shop that sells Trek exclusively. I have focused in on these two bikes with very similar prices. There are some interesting differences that I wonder what would be better to have. I'd be curious to hear the thoughts of my fellow BF'ers. The Lane has a steel frame - smoother ride? The Crossrip has an Aluminum frame and would be lighter - easier ride? The Lane has pads, the CrossRip has discs. The CrossRip has the extra set of brake grips, the Lane does not. The Lane has a mix of Tiagra/Sora, the CrossRip is 2300. Hmmmmm...interesting comparision, eh? I will have to ride them both, but what does everyone think?

The Lane:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2012/archive/lane


The CrossRip:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ssrip/crossrip

Thanks for your help!
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Old 12-31-12, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hmm, the debate may be over before it even begins. You linked to the archive site for the Lane- which doesn't appear on the 2013 model line up page- so unless a) your LBS has one in your size or b) can find one in your size sitting in the warehouse.

That being said, I like the triple on the Crossrip better for an 'all-rounder' set up.
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Old 12-31-12, 04:37 PM   #3
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I've seen a Crossrip at the LBS and it looked like a great bike. For me, the discs are a plus. Fender and rack mounts, sporty but comfy geometry, nice setup for all around use.
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Hmm, the debate may be over before it even begins. You linked to the archive site for the Lane- which doesn't appear on the 2013 model line up page- so unless a) your LBS has one in your size or b) can find one in your size sitting in the warehouse.

That being said, I like the triple on the Crossrip better for an 'all-rounder' set up.
you are correct sir! It is last years Lane. I think the main thing I wonder is if the Lane's steel frame would make for a smoother ride. Hard to tell on a quick test ride.
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As for the steel/aluminum debate, I prefer steel. The bumps are still there, but the frame has a bit more give and spring to it. That said, it's not like night and day - aluminum is certainly rideable.

The only other thing I can contribute is that I think the marketing for the CrossRip is hilarious.
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you are correct sir! It is last years Lane. I think the main thing I wonder is if the Lane's steel frame would make for a smoother ride. Hard to tell on a quick test ride.
There are any number of frame material debate threads in pretty much every forum here. If you table that debate, then you're left with geometry/rider positioning and the tires/wheels, which has a greater influence on ride quality/comfort than most people give credit...

In other words, forget the material question and ride them both. Get the one that 'feels' the best to you- after all, it's gonna be your butt on that saddle and not the BF Commuting Collective.
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I think the main thing I wonder is if the Lane's steel frame would make for a smoother ride. Hard to tell on a quick test ride.
My smoothest ridding bike is my Klein Performance and it is alluminum.
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