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Old 11-01-12, 08:34 PM   #1
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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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Old 11-02-12, 05:28 AM   #2
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The Tricross is a commuter bike.

The Giant is an entry level race bike.
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Old 11-02-12, 03:58 PM   #3
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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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Old 11-02-12, 09:06 PM   #5
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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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Old 11-08-12, 11:50 AM   #6
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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.
+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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