Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chicago suburbs
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Comp
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I hate to sound one-sided in my opinion based on some of my other posts. But a year or so ago, I also was a newbie to CX. Somewhat of a cheapskate in wanting the best quality possible for the lowest price, I decided to look at many CX bikes. I checked out CXs from Bianchi, Scott, Trek, Giant, Specialized, and one or two more I can't remember now. (Did not look at Motobecane as couldn't find a local dealer). I also prefer aluminum over steel frame.
For me by far, and I mean by far, the most solid, comfortable, lightest, and best performing was the Tricross series from Specialized. My advice would be no matter what bike you choose, at least check out the Tricross before making the final decision. It's well within your stated budget.
Last edited by Richard8655; 04-28-08 at 12:28 PM.