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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 04-07-13, 04:44 PM   #1
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Steel Tricross: how heavy is it?

Does anybody know the weight of the new Specialized Tricross steel disc?

Alternatively, does anybody know of a bike shop that has one which might be willing to weigh it and tell me?

I'm on the very verge of purchasing this bike if it's in the 24-25 lb range, but not if it's in the 29-30 lb range.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-14-13, 08:42 AM   #2
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It's heavy almost 3 lbs heavier than the aluminum Elite version. +26lbs for the 56cm with the cheap test ride pedals on the bike. They are using cheap non branded steel, this is Specialized we are talking about here, if they were using light weight high quality steel the label would be on the bike somewhere. Even their bikes that use Reynolds 525, Taiwainese 4130, have a sticker. I was ready to pick one up until I physcially picked one up.

Our shop has a Rocky Sherpa touring bike that uses Reynolds 725 tubing, Alex Adventurer rims, 36 heavy spokes and nipples, Vittoria wire bead Randoneur Adventure tires, Sora components, beefy in other words, it weighed slightly less.

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Not racing , probably doesn't matter. just the disc parts are going to add a couple pounds.

having a price conscious steel tube set will be thicker wall than something needing a careful skilled
builders assembly .. {frame $ = whole bike of lesser spec]
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Old 04-14-13, 12:36 PM   #4
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Hey thanks for your replies. Fietsbob, I didn't really understand your second point about the thicker walls of the steel tubes. Are you saying that a cheap steel frame will have thicker tubes and therefore be more amenable to a quicker build in a factory, saving some money?

In any event, after being in touch with a guy who had one who loves it and uses it on and off-road I ordered one through the LBS - they're having their annual spring sale (I guess along with hundreds of other bike shops) and gave me a couple hundred off of list price, which will also include a professional fit, some modifications (upgrading brakes for cost of parts, etc) and a few goodies.

I think it'll be good for my 60-90 minute exercise rides around the city where I live and for taking on vacation.

I'll get it next week and report back.

Thanks for your input.

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Yea, the tube set itself is cheaper, and may be amenable to a fully automated welding process.

though most are TIG welded by a lot of people that are OK, just the priority is on Quantity.
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Thanks fiets, I'll post back when I get the bike.

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