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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 05-31-10, 05:58 PM   #1
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Newbie Needs Cyclocross Buying Advice

Hi Folks,
This week I'm buying my first cross bike. In my former life I was a fairly hardcore rider / racer road in the 80's and mountain in the 90's. In the last three years I started riding more seriously again. On average I ride my mountain bike 70 to 100 miles a week mostly on our local Rails to Trails network. Not a ton of miles, but enough to make me feel justified to shop a new bike something faster than my mountain, but durable enough for the trails enter the cross bike.

Currently I'm shopping a 2010 Specialized Tricross. I'm between a Comp and an Expert. A lot has changed since my last competition bike back in the 90's so I could use some advice. Specifically: the difference between SRAM Rival (+$300) and Shimano 105. I don't "mind" paying more for the Rival if it's worth it. Any insights?

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Matt.
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Old 05-31-10, 11:39 PM   #2
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Isn't Rival the SRAM equivalent of Shimano 105 ?
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Isn't Rival the SRAM equivalent of Shimano 105 ?
No it's better.
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Rival is also rebuildable if you dump a shifter into the a pile of sand.
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