So I'll just ask a question to get things moving.
I was looking at a 2008 Specialized Rockhopper and 2008 Specialized TriCross Comp. The tricross is twice the price of the Rockhopper. What's so good about the TriCross? The wheels dont seem to be as strong (less spokes, narrower width), tires aren't as good for trail work, frame is Al (a 2008 Specialized Tarmac Elite is the same price and has a carbon frame, a 2008 Tarmac Comp is also carbon and has better components and is only a touch dearer than TriCross Comp).
What's the point of this thread? I dunno. I guess I've found deals on Rockhopper and Tricross and am wondering why I should spend the extra money on a Tricross. I like Tricross better coz: it's more road oriented, lighter, doesn't have suspension forks, mainly 105 components. But RH is still tougher on the trails.. and will get me more exercise with those fat knobby tires. It's also half the price. So what am I waiting for? Your views.
Besides, this CX forum deserves more threads.