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Old 06-05-12, 11:59 AM   #1
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Buying first cx--which tricross

I'm looking at buying a cx (not for racing-I know there's some debate as to whether this post belongs here, but I want this group's expertise). I can get a Specialized Tricross 2012 for $800 at my LBS, or a used Tricross Sport 2010 for $895. The Sport is obviously better equipped, and it's still got the carbon fork (unlike the 2012).

Thoughts on which way to go? Reasons not to at all?

Thanks for thoughts.
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Old 06-05-12, 01:15 PM   #2
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First question that comes to mind is this - if you aren't racing it, what are you using it for?

Tricross has evolved to more of a sporty commuter since the Crux is geared towards racing. If you aren't looking for a commuter, I'd get something a little more aggressive - you never know when the race bug is going to bite.
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Old 06-05-12, 02:06 PM   #3
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I would second the question Simon's question about your intended use.

As for comparing used 2010 Tricross Sport vs new 2012 Tricross, I'd go with the used Sport. Tiagra >> 2300. I find it hard to stomach that they are selling sub-Sora equipped bikes for almost $1000. Sora is supposed to be the entry level economy road group. And 2300 is below that. I used to only see it on big-box store bikes.

That said, $900 is an outrageous price for a used bike that had an $1100 MSRP. You probably could have bought that bike new on closeout for under $800. If your area has a decent craigslist, shop around some. You should be able to get a 105/Ultegra equipped cyclocross bike in the $600-800 range easy.
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Old 06-05-12, 05:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for advice, and good question. Mix of uses, from commuting to 20ish mile rides to poking around with a 10 year old and slightly off-road. $895 did seem a little high, but it still gets me into a better bike for not much more. Is there a different cx at under $1000 that seems a better choice?
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Maybe look for a 2011 closeouts on a Kona Jake? They can be hard to find though. If you are near a Performance Bike, you might want to check out the Fuji Cross. Near an REI? l
try the Raleigh Port Townsend if you like the old school look.
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Said here before: Walk away from 2nd hand carbon. you cannot see past crashes.
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Fair warning. Another possibility: came across a 2011 Scott cx comp at $950. Seems like this might be the smart choice. Thoughts?
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Im actually looking for a similar bike, though mine has to have disc brakes. If thats your thing, the Felt F65x, A little pricy but its components are a little higher grade than the tricross and there is no internal cable routing. I've compared the MSRP, the Felt is a bit less than that Tricross by about 200, correct me if i am wrong, but i'd chalk that up to brand recognition. Question, is internal cable routing that good? I am looking for suggestions for a Drop-bar, disc brake, fender and rack compatible, 700c bike as well. please post suggestions
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I have a 2008 Tricross Sport and it is a fantastic bike for just about everything. Granted, Tri-X sports of that era were better equipped (Tiagra, CF fork and seat post etc) because their was no Crux line to divert the better components. So I don't know how comparable they are but it is good at just about every kind of riding that I do. (on road and off.)

At 235 Im not the lightest rider and this bike is bombproof hoping off curbs, hitting potholes and negotiating single track obstacles etc. People complain about the rack and pannier bosses on the fork and seat stays because they think it makes it less potent as a racer but honestly you won't even notice them. They weigh almost nothing and come in handy if you want to make long road trip.

Its worth conceding that it is not the idea competition caliber bike because of the somewhat heavier components and only moderately knobbed tires but there is nothing preventing you from doing some non-champion level fun racing. Besides, chances are that if you wanted to seriously compete you would be dropping more than $800 +/- on a bike.
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I'm looking at buying a cx (not for racing-I know there's some debate as to whether this post belongs here, but I want this group's expertise). I can get a Specialized Tricross 2012 for $800 at my LBS, or a used Tricross Sport 2010 for $895. The Sport is obviously better equipped, and it's still got the carbon fork (unlike the 2012).

Thoughts on which way to go? Reasons not to at all?

Thanks for thoughts.
If you want a do it all bike, cross bike, why not consider the Masi line of Speciale CX and CX Uno which are steel based? They are a little heavier than typical cross bike, but the riding geometry is very good and road sport touring like unlike some cross bikes out there that are race bred, but tamed down to do touring or commuting. What's unique about the CX and CX Uno is that it comes with 2 front rack braze-ons and plenty of fork rake (curved forward more which gives good steering stability and good front end compliance (better than a carbon fork) which is rarely seen. The only other bike with a similar fork like the CX is the Windsor Tourist. A straight blade carbon fork can not handle the potholes and bumps on trail surfaces as well as a well designed plenty fork rake chromoly fork. I know this as I own both (carbon Trek and steel Masi).
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Old 06-11-12, 11:04 AM   #11
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I'd look at close out deals. I just got a Tiagra equipped CruX for $900 + tax new. I got it mainly for commuting as well but I might try some racing too.
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