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Old 07-22-11, 09:27 PM   #1
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2012 Specialized tricross comp

Hi, I'm looking at this bike for bad weather commuting, and light touring that goes on both dirt and pavement on the same trip, and rails to trails type trips. What do you think of the bike based on the wrietup? I have a 51 spec. ruby, the lbs thinks I would fit a 49 tricross. Any thoughts?

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...2+Early+Launch

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Old 07-22-11, 09:32 PM   #2
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Yep, very nice bike.
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Old 07-24-11, 11:35 PM   #3
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I've got my eye on this bike as well since I love the versatility.
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Yep, very nice bike.
I've been gawking at the Tri Comp every time I enter my favorite bike shops. Sooner or later I will have one. But, why in the cyclocross section.. My interest is in using it as a touring bike. ?
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Hi I'm new to biking on a more serious scale. Have been lead to this bike, but the basic model. Is there much difference between the basic and the comp? Basic = less road abilty? I know no disc breaks but just wondering why such a difference in price etc. Would either of the 3 be good touring models?
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Hi I'm new to biking on a more serious scale. Have been lead to this bike, but the basic model. Is there much difference between the basic and the comp? Basic = less road abilty? I know no disc breaks but just wondering why such a difference in price etc. Would either of the 3 be good touring models?
I used the compare feature to see what the differences are and no surprise the frame is the same (common to have the same frame between lower and upper ends of a particular model), the tires on the more expensive bike are better, the biggest difference appears to be the higher end component group 105 vs. 2300.

I think from lower end to higher end it goes 2300, Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace. So the cheaper bike is fully 3 components groups lower and you get a triple chainring with an 8 speed rear cassette with 2300 vs. a double chainring and a 10 speed rear cassette.

I've never personally used a 2300 gruppo, but I imagine it works fine. I'm guessing the difference is that it weighs more and may not shift as quickly and crisply compared to 105.

If you're new to biking on a more serious scale then it might be worthwhile to buy the cheaper bike to see if you really take to the sport. No sense shelling out double only to find a month or two in that it's not really for you. It also gives you the benefit of seeing what you like and don't like and allows you to get a headstart saving for your next bike. If you really get into the sport, you'll end up owning multiple bikes. I think most members here have quite a few bikes.

I have 3 bikes and I'm probably on the low end of the scale.

If you end up owning multiple bikes then the cheaper bike has the advantage that if you run errands with it and lock it up, it's a less desirable bike to steal. I'm thinking of buying a friends Pinarello and I'd never lock that bike anywhere and leave it for any length of time.
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Great info. Thanks for taking the time. I'm glad I found this forum. Thanks to everyone.
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2300 is actually equal if not a little better than Sora - at least that's what the dudes at my LBS told me. I'm also seriously considering this as my first real new bike since I was a kid. Upgrading from a '92 Cannondale r400 I've been using as a commuter / road all-arounder
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Old 08-02-11, 02:33 PM   #10
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Big fan of the Tricross Comp here. Mine is a 2009 that I picked up for $1600 as a year end closeout in August of 2010. So far, I've put close to 3000 miles on it, primarily on year round commuting, (granted it is in southern California so winter weather isn't too much of a factor), maybe one or two long weekend rides a month, and a couple of centuries. The 105 group set is very reliable, and this model has a nice blend of an aluminum frame and carbon components, (seatpost, front forks, and seat stays).

The handling is very quick for city riding, and you can get up to speed pretty quickly, even with a rack and panniers mounted on the back. I did swap out the Burroughs CX tires, for a set of 700 x 28 All Condition Armadillos, but that's because part of my commute takes me through downtown Los Angeles, and the Burroughs were a little bit too thin, (although they are fantastic when riding on dirt trails or gravel). I think the Tricross would make a decent bike for light touring, but something with a longer wheelbase would probably be preferable if you intended to really load it down and go for a long tour, though.

This was my first purchase of a "serious bike" since my 1970's era, Schwinn Super Sport, and I'm really glad I picked up the Comp. There are bikes that are lighter and faster, but in terms of an all around bike that is dependable, comfortable, and versatile, it would be hard to top the Tricross Comp. Since you're looking for an unusual size, a shop may be willing to give you a good deal on a 2010 (or earlier) model, especially with the end of the year coming up.

Good luck with whatever you pick, and make sure to post back after you pick up your new bike!!

PS: Here's the link to the Tricross I ended up getting:
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...9&menuItemId=0
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I've got over 6000 miles on my 2007 TriCross Comp (it started life as my primary bike, now it's my secondary bike). I love the versatility. In the summer, it wears cross tires for riding on unpaved paths. In spring and fall, I put road tires on it for sloppy weather riding while my road bike is on the trainer. It has a very smooth ride with the carbon fork and seatstays (something I was disappointed to see have disappeared on the 2012 model), and with the fork-mounted brake hanger retrofitted along with Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes, the braking performance is very good.

Highly recommended. My brother has a TriCross Expert and a buddy built up a Crux Carbon module (essentially an S-Works TriCross) on my recommendation and they both love it too.
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If the nearest dealer is where he gets his bike and its Specialized brand, great..

Out here, the SBI dealer is in a separate town,hours away by car..

Given: brand territories are population based.

brands compete , at same price point there is a similar bike.
across the bike brand universe..

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Old 08-11-11, 12:09 AM   #13
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It looks like for 2012 they have switched the base model fork from carbon to alloy. If it were me, I'd try to find a 2011 model -- bought mine about 3 months ago and very happy with it. Love the wider tires, love the "mini-me" brake levers on top of bar.

Rear derailleur is fine, but the front is a little clunky.
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I am 5'10-11 on a 54 Tricross Sport 2010, fits me very well and I love its versatility. With lightish 28s on it, it is fairly quick, although the longcage LX RD and 11-32 is not as tightly ratioed as a 12-25 or something, but I like having the lower gearing as I often ride with panniers and on steepish hills.

I very much see cross bikes with low gearing as bikes that excel at what you want to do, a tire change is often all you need to do to be able to handle a wide range of riding types. I suspect you can put at least 35 tires on my Tricross (came with 32, but havent put wider,just guessing from space available with front fork and rear stays.)
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nice features but what an ugly fork!
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nice features but what an ugly fork!
ya it is kinda funny looking I admit.
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