Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: North Central Illinois
Bikes: 2003 Specialized Sirrus Elite 2001 Specialized Crossroads 1999 Specialized Hardrock 2007 Specialized Allez
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Specialized Crossroads--Long Term experience
I have owned a Specialized Crossroads now for 7 years and have put on it by my estimation over 10,000 miles. I have had to replace a few things, like pedals and just recently the shifters. Overall, it is a good bicycle for numerous uses, including touring. I have yet to ride a century on it, though I have come close many times.
Mine (2001 model, mid level, no suspension) does have braze-ons or mounts in the rear. The wheels are strong, with 36 spokes each. The tires are of a medium width—38C or 1.5 inches to us traditionalists. Generally, it is a bike that is designed for comfort on long, or longer rides. And though it is generally not designed for speed, I have gotten it up to 36 mph on a flat surface with no wind. (It got fitted with a bike computer later in its life.)
Guess what I am saying is that I wholeheartedly endorse this bike and its siblings (other levels and years of Crossroads) for just about any type of riding (except racing), including touring of any kind.