Jake the Snake vs Tricross Sport Triple
I'm trying to buy a decent first cyclocross bike in Australia and have narrowed it down to these two models. My conundrum is that, in $US the tricross is cheaper than the kona, but by the time they make it to australia they retail for the exact same price (in fact i can get the jake the snake for a bit cheaper...)
i've test ridden the jake the snake but haven't had a chance to test ride the tricross yet as it's been out of stock. obviously that comparison will play a big part, but in the mean time i was wondering if the jake the snake is a better bike (in terms of parts and brand reputation) compared to the specialized. i was set on the tricross until i discovered the $AU price, and am now tempted by the apparent better value for money of the JTS. basically i really can't choose between the two. i would be looking to race the bikes on weekends but it would also have to double as a commuter bike, so the split between proper cyclocross use and regular cycling is probably be 50:50.
any help would be appreciated. i'm open to suggestions of other bikes but be weary that australia doesn't get many boutique brands, and that they would need to be in the tricross/JTS price range.
Last edited by ZappBrannigan; 06-21-07 at 12:19 AM.