Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Tulsa/B.A. OK
Bikes: Flat-black Crosstrail Disc w/ 29er tires + Diamondback Outlook
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker
Note to John Redcorn: Since you have the bike, why not comment on how you like it. What are the pros and cons? How long have you had it and how many miles? Would you buy it again?
There is nothing like having an actual owner make a comment.
I love it but I'm new enough to riding again as an adult (since december) that my opinion might not be such a well-educated one. Had my crosstrail since june only about 400 miles on it, been busy.
I got a cheap DB hardtail in dec, rode it a bunch and decided I wanted a hybrid. This crosstrail despite being a large frame just like my DB seems to just fit me lots better, especially in the fact that I can easily avoid putting lots weight on the handlebars when I choose. Something about the DB made that hard for me to do and also made it hard for me to get a hand free off the bar while riding if I needed one.
Someone else made a thread yesterday or today about putting <38mm tires on a crosstrail, since I've had mine I think these are the smallest I'd want to go with and agreed with some other posters there on that. I do 80psi.
On the suspension fork, I realize it's kind of a cheap one and I do ride with it locked out most of the time but the 1.5-2 useless pounds it may add to the weight when locked-out doesn't really bother me to think about, less than 1% of 225 lb me + my bike combined and I do appreciate it the times I want it.
Important note about the suspension lockout:
at least on the 14 crosstrail disc like I have, not sure about other trim-levels, there are 2 skus for each color the bike shop uses to order from their distributor, one has lockout and one doesn't. Same price, not sure why.
My only con so far is realizing that flat-black paint while awesome-looking now, isn't going to be easy to take care of and keep looking good after some scratches. It's got a few now from my car trunk and one from wind knocking it down.
So yeah I'd buy it again. Other similar things I was thinking of/looking at were DB Trace Sport, Trek 8.3DS, bikesdirect motobecane elite adventure (this is way higher spec for way less $ but I didn't think I as a newb should try a BD one just yet) Fuji Traverse was in my mind as well but no one around here seemed to have Fujis.
Last edited by John Redcorn; 08-05-14 at 04:12 PM.