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Old 08-10-12, 08:46 AM   #1
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Specialized tricross comp 2009 flat handlebars?

Hi,

I'm supposed to be picking up this bike this weekend taught I should ask your opinion first.

link to bike : http://www.adverts.ie/bikes/speciali...tition/1913590

Plan on using it for every day cycling and a tour of europe next year, would it work as a flat bar?

I have lower back issues so looking for a more upright riding position.

Price is 450 euro with a carrier, saddle bad and mudguards, does that sound about right?

Apparently in great condition.
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The Forward Lean on road bikes is better for your back than the upright position.
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Looks nice - you can always add a different stem if it feels bad, and/or angle it upwards for better sizing. Make sure it is really your size as well.
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What do you think about the price?
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What is it in US$? :-)
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It would be $553 that includes a carrier, mudguards and saddle bag.
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Take it, my friend, take it!
For starters, cyclocross bikes are ultimate machines for fast long-distance commute and paved road touring.
Second - the frame and components of tricross yr. 2008 - 2009 are now available only from Spec. Crux Expert, at $3000 USD. You can always go back to the original set-up with relatively small investment into drop bars of your liking and brifters. I will strongly recommend a second set of interrupter brakes too. You will looooove the wheels -absolutely bomb-proof.
Third - 56 is a very tall bike with a relatively short top tube. It will feel great if you are 175 - 180 cm with longer legs.

For reference - I am a 170 cm female, in love with my 54cm tricross Comp 2008, second owner, in 8500 mi never had to true the wheels.

Ride like you stole it! And you did, I hope.

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Agreed - great price if it is in good shape!
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cheers i can buy with more confidence now im a bit of a newbie to cycling so wasn't sure if I was being overpriced or not.
I know he has changed some of the components, some of it is low end shimano but suppose can always upgrade in the future.
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Grab this bike, ride it the way you have it, & change it up afterwards when you start to get serious.
I got interrupter on my JTS but, don't really use them too much in the city.


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Looks nice - you can always add a different stem if it feels bad, and/or angle it upwards for better sizing. Make sure it is really your size as well.
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My back is messed up too, but I find riding in the drops help with my flexibility, & strengthens my back slowly the more I ride.
Since riding in the drops, I've been able to do almost everything I used to before my injuries.
I haven't been able to weight train in a few years because of my back, & knees, so I'm reduced to using resistance bands.
Really want to be close to a year pain free before I start to weight train again.
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Picked up the bike today, cycled the 24km home.
First impressions the flat bar works perfectly, has ergon grips which felt really comfortable.

Delighted!
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