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    Comparing TriCross to Giant TCX 1

    I'm trying to decide between these 2 bikes and with the SRAM Rival parts the TCX 1 looks like the obvious choice. Am I missing something?

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ccompact#specs

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...specifications

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    The Tricross is a commuter bike.

    The Giant is an entry level race bike.

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    I'm not sure I understand. Surely you could race in a TriCross. I'm just confused as to why the groupset is so much better on the Giant.

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    Because Apex is perfectly fine on a commuter bike.

    Sure you COULD race the tricross - but:

    1) Aluminum fork could make for a pretty rough ride.
    2) Long chainstays tend to make the handling much slower
    3) 50/34 compact isn't ideal for cross
    4) Not to mention direct from the Specialized website: "Whether commuting to work, exploring local singletrack treasures, or touring the coast with fully laden panniers....". Me thinks this bike isn't gear (pardon the pun) towards racing.

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    Specialized has the Crux as its cyclocross specific race bike. The tricross used to be their cyclocross specific bike a few years back. Despite the tricross having an aluminum fork it was in my opinion a more comfortable ride than the Giant TCX was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonaway427 View Post
    Because Apex is perfectly fine on a commuter bike.

    Sure you COULD race the tricross - but:

    1) Aluminum fork could make for a pretty rough ride.
    2) Long chainstays tend to make the handling much slower
    3) 50/34 compact isn't ideal for cross
    4) Not to mention direct from the Specialized website: "Whether commuting to work, exploring local singletrack treasures, or touring the coast with fully laden panniers....". Me thinks this bike isn't gear (pardon the pun) towards racing.
    +1

    But unless the geometry has changed dramatically the TCX is similar. I currently race a 2009 TCX. I plan on getting rid of it because of the slow handling. It makes a great commuter, just not a great race bike.

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    I currently race on an '09 S-works Tricross. It is all carbon but still a Tricross. The current models are marketed toward commuting but I am not sure they changed the geometry. The info about longer stays making you slower or the compact not being idea is a bunch of hogwash. It might be an issue for the top 5% of racers but just fine for the masses. On top of that my Tricross is probably the most versatile bike I have ever owned. In the fall/winter I race it(sub 16lbs) the rest of the year on commute/long road rides/gravel grinders fenders/rack and all. I know this will make others mad but I think the trend of removing the eyelets from cx frames it a mistake. Eyelets do not hinder any functionality of a CX bike yet they provide lots more options.
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    I agree with the difference between the two and wish they would leave the eyelets on the crux.

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