Hello and looking for cross bike advice
Hello all. I've been a frequent reader of this forum for the past several weeks. It has been a great resource. This is my first ever post...
I am just recently getting into cycling and am looking to purchase a cyclocross bike for around $1000. It will be used predominately as a commuter with the occasional weekend trail ride. I may even look to enter some cross races for fun in the fall. I have a large, athletic build (6'2" 200) and my commute is fairly steep in some areas
After researching online and visiting my LBS I have basically narrowed it down to 2 different bikes...I really like the 2011 Specialized Tricross Sport ($1250) but also found a 2010 Fuji Cross Comp ($900) to be a comfortable ride and capable of meeting my basic needs
The Fuji has Shimano 105 components whereas the Tricross has Tiagra components with a Deore LX Rear derailluer. Both frames are aluminum with carbon forks
Has anyone out there had experience with these 2 bikes? I guess what I'm trying to fgure out is if the additional $350 is worth it.
The links to each are below. Any help talking me throuigh this one is greatly apprecited.