A few weeks ago I crashed on my Cannondale road bike and dented the frame in some critical locations, so I checked out what was available at Specialized on their blem list(I'm a mechanic at a Spec Concept store btw). I found a Tricross frame/fork on there that was my size and was very affordable
I saw that they had a Matte Black/ Raw frame in a size 56 so I ordered it. It turned out to be a mock up paint scheme for the Tricross Pro that didn't get approved(they used red instead).
I think it looks great, and the finish is VERY durable.
I took it for a ride on the singletracks behind my apts in Laguna Hills and the bike is FAST, it climbed much faster than I've sprinted the same climbs on a Spec. Epic.
Bike weighs in at 18.8 lbs.
Dura Ace 7800 components, Dura Ace Tubeless wheels(with fresh rear rim thanks to the crash ), Thomson Road stem, masterpiece seatpost, Easton EC70 bar, Specialize Houfalize 700x32, Tektro CR720 cantis.
I'll get some nicer pics up tomorrow in the daytime...
I plan on using this bike for commuting, grocery getting, CX racing, bikepacking, and for long distance rides across the Santa Anas and into the Inland Empire.