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Old 05-23-14, 04:02 PM   #1
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specialized tricross SS

Thinking about picking up a specialized tricross SS tomorrow. Craigslist for 400. Components are so so, but its even got the wheel reflectors still in the wheels.

I used to have an allez and the geometry looks like it is similar, Ive just never owned a SS bike before.

Does anyone have good/bad things to say?

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I assume you're talking about the Tricross Singlecross that Specialized made but is now discontinued. I currently ride one as my all around commuter/short touring bike. You're probably not going to get any compliments from the guys in this forum for riding one since it is essentially a cyclocross bike so it's geometry is nowhere near a track bike. Besides that, it's a solid commuting bike that has braze-ons for fenders and superior stopping power with v-brakes; features that no track bike has.
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I think it would be a fine bike and I have plans for an SS/FG cross bike for the future and I might be picking up a SS 29er. Track bikes are meant for the track but for riding on roads I think a 'cross bike is just perfect as you are a little more upright which is a good thing. I think Jay pretty much hit the nail on the head.

If the bike is in good condition and doesn't need a major tune up or anything like that and they will let you test ride it and aren't shady as heck, go for it.
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Good bike, worthy of upgrades.
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You're probably not going to get any compliments from the guys in this forum for riding one since it is essentially a cyclocross bike so it's geometry is nowhere near a track bike. Besides that, it's a solid commuting bike that has braze-ons for fenders and superior stopping power with v-brakes; features that no track bike has.
Why do people keep making stupid assumptions and comments like this. In this case, the poster obviously does not read this forum nor has any real connection with the sort of things discussed here because if he did, he'd know that many of us do ride bikes set up rather differently to a track bike and, the sort of bike discussed is common.
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Thinking about picking up a specialized tricross SS tomorrow. Craigslist for 400. Components are so so, but its even got the wheel reflectors still in the wheels.

I used to have an allez and the geometry looks like it is similar, Ive just never owned a SS bike before.

Does anyone have good/bad things to say?

thx
I don't know the bike mate but cyclocross bikes are becoming more and more the bike to turn to for urban use. Ride it and if you like it, go for it. SS is no different to a geared bike ... apart from the lack of shifters, so test ride and treat it the same way.
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