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Old 06-24-12, 07:44 PM   #1
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Entry level cyclocross bike (help)

I am in the market to purchase a cyclocross bike and I am looking for any advice or reviews on the 2012 Trek ion cx. I have been looking at the ion and a specialized tricross elite. Please help.
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For racing or general cycling?

I have a 2008 Tricross and I love it. I don't race but use it as a long-haul mixed terrain bike and it is very comfortable, durable and versatile. Haven't tried the Trek but I'm sure its also good.
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Thanks for the response. I will be using the same way as a mixed terrain bike. I was a little concerned about the disc brakes of the specialized elite after reading some reviews. Do you have any thoughts?
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If your to racing,I think the tricross is a great bike. Has rack mounts, and I think fender mounts too
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Well, my Tricross doesn't have disc brakes but I have never had any problems with my brakes. I think the other Tricross bikes (other than disc) now come with cantilever brakes. My bike comes with Tektro mini-v's and they work flawlessly. Great stopping power, modulation and simple setup. Like another poster commented, the Tricross is a great all around commuting and touring bike as well as for cross and road use. The fender and rack mounts give it added versatility that more thoroughbred cross bikes lack.

I haven't heard of any problems with the disc version but if you are worried about it there are a few other Tricross models with rim brakes to choose from. Besides the Tricross and Ion, have you checked out the Crux? There are some models that overlap on price I think. Also Felt makes some great CX bikes as well. Check out the Felt F65X which also has the Apex Gruppo and disc brakes.
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I'm interested in knowing about the Trek myself, not for cyclocross (not yet, in any case), but as a winter ride.
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Drop by the Trek dealer..

what kind of races are there, in your area?

might not even need drop bars, there are dual sport models too,
more suitable to a general riding setup.

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