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Old 08-20-09, 01:47 PM   #1
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what cycle to get?

Hey guys,

New to the forum, but wow are you lot helpful!

I guess after reading, and salivating over some of the awesome rides people have, I've decided to bite the bullet, and buy a good (hopefully lifetime sort of) bike.

I've managed to decide that I want something of a cyclocross bike, which has a little more diversity associated with it. I've been looking at the Specialized TriCross Sport, which is (quite a way) out of my price range. Is there a poor man's option with such bikes??

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Hey guys,

New to the forum, but wow are you lot helpful!

I guess after reading, and salivating over some of the awesome rides people have, I've decided to bite the bullet, and buy a good (hopefully lifetime sort of) bike.

I've managed to decide that I want something of a cyclocross bike, which has a little more diversity associated with it. I've been looking at the Specialized TriCross Sport, which is (quite a way) out of my price range. Is there a poor man's option with such bikes??

Cheers
What's your budget? There are a few models and prices of the Tricross (which is very nice in any of them).
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Old 08-20-09, 03:48 PM   #3
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Bikes direct has a few Cyclocross models that are cheaper than the Specialized, but you need to be able to do your own assembly and maintenance.
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Buy a carefully chosen (for its geometry - you want a top tube of the same length as a drop bar bike you would ride) used non-suspension MTB and stick drops on. If you can't afford STI shifers or want to use V brakes instead of cantis (I prefer the modulation on cantis) the search the forums for "Minoura space bar hack" or use bar end shifters - either way lets you use Tektro v-brake road levers. Imo it's quite easy to get a better bike than a Tricross out of this, but "better" depends what you value. I found that a 17'' Kona Lava Dome gave me the same top tube as a medium size drophandle Cotic Roadrat - a boutique Tricross rival. I'd suggest Salsa Bell Laps for the bars.

With a well chosen ebay bike you might get something really nice for $500. PM me if you want links.
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Hey to give you an idea of price range, I'm willing to drop about $500, (the problem with this is that canadian taxes make it a little more expensive than this ) I think I'd really like to be out of pocket around 550$ with pedals if possible...

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also i'm concerned that I'm not getting the right sort of bike for what my needs are. I want a good all around mountain bike - capable, road bike. I don't need the same insane speed, is this the right call??
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx2.htm

Here's a good start right here. You'll need to contact them about shipping to Canada though. You haven't given a clear definition of your needs. If you are going to be riding mostly roads (paved and gravel) and easy to moderate trails, then a Cross bike will suit you fine. If you plan on doing a lot of jumps, drops, rock gardens, and that sort of stuff you may want a mountain bike. Don't get me wrong a Cross bike can do all of those things, but will beat you up more if you are trying to keep up with guys on full suspension in the rough stuff.
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aah fair nuff. Well the sort of trails I want to tackle are mostly gravel/dirt, and relatively easy to run. Theres few sections with ruts and such, but really the big obstacles will be tree roots, and stumps. I dont plan to be doing much in the rock garden/jump arena at all. I want sometihng that'll let me travel great distances quickly, even if the distance isnt on the best of roads. (i know that a road bike with fatter tires can handle these things too, but I imagine the rims, and components arent as robust against that kind of abuse, and rather for speed).


thats a nice bike there though. thanks for the link!
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