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Old 07-23-08, 10:40 PM   #1
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Buying my first Cyclocross - advice needed!

I am new to biking and new to this forum, and would appreciate some advice from the more seasoned bikers.

So far I have test driven the Tricross, the Poprad and the Trek XO1.

The Tricross was the most fun ride for me. I'm very tempted to buy it - but I have two concerns:

1. I want to make sure I have the best fit. I've read a few posts on bike sizes and the more i'm learning the more i'm finding out that there is stuff to know! This is getting very frustrating because I can't wait to start commuting to work. Not only is there a lot to know, but it sounds like the best measurement will ultimately be whatever 'feels' like the best ride to me. But i've found that most stores don't carry many sizes!!

2. The prices for these 3 bikes at a couple bike shops near where I live range from $1300-$1500. However a quick look on ebay and bikesdirect reveals prices that are several hundred dollars less.

At this point, should I just buy the tricross from my local store because I know I like the way it rides? If so, are there cons to buying it online for much less? Or do i need to chill out first and read/learn more about getting the right bike geometry/size? (How important is it to get the exact size vs. being off by an inch?)

Again, thank you for bearing with me in this post. I'll be less antsy once i've bought my first bike and am just perusing this forum for other topics such as accessories.
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Old 07-24-08, 02:23 PM   #2
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With this being your first bike, I'd suggest getting one from a local LBS. You'll hopefully get a basic fitting and free adjustments on this bike for the first year. You won't go wrong with any of the 3 bikes you mentioned. I have a Tricross Comp and it's my all time favorite bike.

Getting something off EBay or other online stores is hit or miss. You may get a good deal, but have a lot of issues with the bike. You'll either have to learn quickly to fix it yourself or pay a LBS to fix it.

Nothing like getting your first bike. Ride each of them thoroughly and get the one your most comfortable on.
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Old 07-24-08, 08:55 PM   #3
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Repeating what Knobster said.....get the one you are most comfortable on.

And get the one you like the best. Don't buy other peoples bikes...buy yours.
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Old 07-25-08, 06:08 AM   #4
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If the LBS does not have your size in stock, most of them can get your size ordered if you don't mind waiting a week or whatever. As for the actual fitting...a good LBS should get you sized before you buy...and do a complete fitting and adjustment after you buy...

I would say with a first bike, DEFINITELY go LBS! A good LBS will also hook you up when you buy from them...free tuneups for life, free gear, discount coupons, whatever...
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+1 for everything above. LBS for your first bike. Everything after that is up to you once you figure out what fits you and how to adjust/fix stuff yourself.
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Old 07-26-08, 08:42 PM   #6
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Thanks all. Advice heeded!
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Old 07-26-08, 10:10 PM   #7
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Whichever bike you decide on, good luck. The Trek you mentioned is a great bike. It is one of the cyclocross bikes I first considered, but I decided on another bike.

May your spokes always be tight!
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I would have loved a Propad or Trek XO-1 but they dont bring them to Aus. I got the last Tricross Sports in Australia for this season.
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A cm or 2 ain't a big deal - get what feels comfortable. Be careful about BD, and do your research about them. Send them an email with a technical qustion and see if they'll respond before you buy. They never did answer my email question so I didn't buy from them... almost did, but didn't. Good luck - happy trails! Oh, I bought a new Tricross 2 days ago. LOVE IT.
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Old 08-03-08, 04:21 AM   #10
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BTW, what size are you that nobody stocks it?

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