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    Newbie looking for adivice on buying entry level cyclocross

    Hi,

    I am gearing up to purchase my first nice bike. I have decided to buy a cyclocross as an all around-bike, that will mostly be used in the city or on paved paths. I am looking to spend around 1000 and have narrowed it down based on price and what is available at my LBS. I am strongly considering the Diamondback Steilacoom and the Trek Crossrip. I was wondering what peoples opinions are on these two models. I am also open to other suggestions, but will likely be purchasing one of these two.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonE View Post
    Hi,

    I am gearing up to purchase my first nice bike. I have decided to buy a cyclocross as an all around-bike, that will mostly be used in the city or on paved paths. I am looking to spend around 1000 and have narrowed it down based on price and what is available at my LBS. I am strongly considering the Diamondback Steilacoom and the Trek Crossrip. I was wondering what peoples opinions are on these two models. I am also open to other suggestions, but will likely be purchasing one of these two.

    Thanks
    Will you be riding dirt or gravel? If so, a cyclocross bike is fine. If only paved, you have lots of other options in terms of 'type' of bike (e.g., road, hybrid). Other brands that are popular - Salsa, Surly, Kona...to name a few.

    Good luck.

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    First, it would be helpful to know exactly which Crossrip model that your comparing with the Steilacoom model. As I perused both the Trek and Diamondback websites, it would appear that the base model of the Steilacoom is much better than the Crossrip base model. I mean 105 vs. Claris, 8 speed vs. 10 speed, carbon fork vs. aluminum etc...

    Also, if you're going to be cycling mostly on paved city surfaces and just a few moderately wooded trails, you could get a really nice performance hybrid for $1000. I'm thinking like perhaps a Jamis Coda Elite, a Giant Seek or Escape, a Raleigh Cadent, a Cannondale Quick SL 2, or a Trek 7.5FX.

    However, if your mind is set on a CX bike, then the Steilacoom is gonna be hard to beat!
    Last edited by WestPablo; 05-08-14 at 05:57 AM.

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    Thanks for the help. I will mostly be on roads with some gravel roads but likely nothing to intense. I am attracted by the drop bar which is why I am feeling the CX. I ended up getting pretty lucky and found a 2013 Jamis Nova Racer in a great shape on craigslist that was the right size for $700. Got lucky as the previous owner just graduated college and is moving away and decided to take his road bike and leave his CX It had most of the things I was looking for, carbon fork, disc brakes, 10 speed, Tiagra (rather than claris or sora, although not 105). Have only ridden it minimally but am enjoying it and am excited to take it on some legit rides/trails.

    Thanks for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonE View Post
    Thanks for the help. I will mostly be on roads with some gravel roads but likely nothing to intense. I am attracted by the drop bar which is why I am feeling the CX. I ended up getting pretty lucky and found a 2013 Jamis Nova Racer in a great shape on craigslist that was the right size for $700. Got lucky as the previous owner just graduated college and is moving away and decided to take his road bike and leave his CX It had most of the things I was looking for, carbon fork, disc brakes, 10 speed, Tiagra (rather than claris or sora, although not 105). Have only ridden it minimally but am enjoying it and am excited to take it on some legit rides/trails.

    Thanks for your help
    Good for you, JonE!___Congrats!

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