This will be my first bike purchase in over ten years. I want to go single-speed for simplicity. Fair weather commuting and rec rides in NYC. Occasionally heading to upstate or vermont for light trail riding, no single tracks. see pics of all three. I don't really need racks. Fenders? not sure yet.
Masi special commuter '09 795$
Specialized tricross singlecross '09 $900
Salsa casseroll single $900
the ride is what is most important to me. Not a hipster nor do i want to look like one. For that reason alone i dig the tricross. Nothing really "hip" about it. Just a fast ,solid looking machine. How much of a difference does steel frame compared to aluminum really make?
Anyone own one of these models? or maybe know someone who does? thanks......