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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?

    Thanks,
    Matt.

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    Isn't Rival the SRAM equivalent of Shimano 105 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbnm View Post
    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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