So I finally found a shop that had a TriCross Comp in stock and gave it a couple of test runs. I love the bike, but I'm still getting acclimated to riding with dropdowns and brifters. There were a few things I noticed during those test rides that disappointed me:
1. The TRP EuroX cantilever brakes with the 105 levers gave me very mediocre stopping power in the drops, and braking from the hoods was a very difficult. Is it normal for it to be quite awkward to break from the hood position? It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to use so much force on the levers to get the bike to stop.
The secondary brake levers on the tops seemed very average quality and were also quite unresponsive. In my opinion, my 10 year old diamondback hybrid can stop more quickly, with less force applied to the levers than this bike can. Why are these high quality brakes so unresponsive? Is it user error, or have they been assembled improperly?
2. I was unimpressed with the 105 shifter/derailleur. It's indexing was not crisp, and it didn't snap quickly into gears as I would expect it should. Not sure if this is just something I need to get used to as I've never used brake shifters before, but I had imagined far better accuracy and reliability. Again, is this user error? or have the components been assembled wrong?
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