As some here may know, a few weeks back, my wife was hit by a car on her commute home from work. She is healing well, and is eager to get back on the bike. We plan to do a self-supported tour from West Glacier to Jasper in late July/early August. We also do quite a bit of normal unloaded cycling, and she likes to commute to work.
The bike which was a total loss in her accident is a 2002 Specialized Allez. What we are looking for is a bike that will work well for our tour, that with a wheel swap (to something like a ksyrium elite wheelset + normal thin road wheels) will do well as a road cycling bike. She isn't big into racing, but we do group rides, and she likes to move when we're doing those kinds of rides.
So, does the Specialized Tricross Sport fit this well? She rode one today, and said it felt "Great" but a little "sluggish" compared to her full on road bike. This was with the wider rims/tires that come with it stock. Will swapping out for a road wheelset make this bike feel more like a roadbike when unloaded? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!
(Oh, and now that I saw one in the shop, I am very very tempted to pick one up for me on our tour. For touring my road bike might cut it, but its clear that the Tricross definitely will fit the bill!)