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Old 02-18-09, 03:27 PM
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Specialized TriCross bikes for commuting

Anybody buy one of these yet? Two different dealers recommended it for me. Just wondering how people were liking them as a commuter. How it's holding up etc. The good, the bad & the ugly.
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Old 02-18-09, 03:39 PM
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They're popular and versatile but choosing something other than rim brakes may be better.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=368115

trek portland - http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

cannondale cross xr7 - http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/c...del-8XR7C.html

Brodie Ronin '09 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2009/bikes/ronin.php
Brodie Ronin '08 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2008/2008_bikes/ronin.php

rocky mountain solo cxd - http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...tml?BIKE=606#2

kona sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/08_sutra_w.htm
Kona Sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/09_sutra_en.cfm
Kona Dew Drop - http://www.konaworld.com/09_dewdrop_en.cfm

Orbea Diem Drop Disc (2009) - http://www.orbea.com/en-gb/productos...icicletas.aspx (see road bikes > fitness > diem drop disc)

focus cross disc - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...cross_disc.php
focus mares disc 2009 - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...mares_disc.php

Devinci Caribou2 (2009) - http://www.devinci.com/11628_an.html

Raleigh USA Sojourn (2009) - http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/sojourn/

Rei Novara buzz road bike (2009) - http://www.rei.com/product/779985

rotwild rs1cx - http://www.rotwild.de/en/ (street bikes section)

Fixie Inc. Pureblood - http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/bik...oss/pure-blood
fixie inc. pureblood - http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/200...pureblood.html

Salsa la Cruz - http://www.salsacycles.com/laCruzComp08.html
Salsa Fargo - http://www.salsacycles.com/fargoComp09.html

Opus Sentiero - http://opusbike.com/site_route.php?lang=en (see 2009 bikes > road > cyclocross)

Genesis Croix de Fer - http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/series/croix_de_fer

BikesDirect Motobecane Fantom Cross Outlaw - http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ane/outlaw.htm

Baron bicycles - http://baronbicycles.com/spec.htm
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My main ride is a TriCross Comp. I've had it for about 1 1/2 years and it's got over 4000 combined commuting and recreation miles, most of them on gravel trail. I'm 6'2 and about 190 pounds.

The frame and wheels have held up great -- wheels are still true and the frame has only a few small chips on the downtube. The FSA bottom bracket started clicking at about 3000 miles but it was nothing that a little grease between the spindle and bearing cups couldn't solve.

For commuting, I just throw a Topeak MTX beam rack on it.

If you want to build it as a dedicated commuter, I think it's a great base but fairly pricey. If you need to worry about theft/damage where you commute, you might want something less desirable looking.

I have since built a dedicated commuter with discs as suggested above, but that was more of a +1 thing than anything else (and I do desire to keep my TriCross off of salted roads in the winter).
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I would only use it in spring and summer. I'm not a year 'rounder.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
I would only use it in spring and summer. I'm not a year 'rounder.
I say go for it if it fits you and you like how it rides/handles. But upgrade the tires to the Armadillo Elite versions of the Borough CX for better flat protection, or even switch over to the 28mm All Condition Pro Armadillo Elite if you'll be on all pavement for commuting.
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I use my tricross as my "blizzard bike" last winter. First time I used a drop bar
for a winter bike.It worked great. Warm weather I pretty much use it for trail
riding.Tried different sizes and settled for the 28 Armadillos for commuting.
Use a compact flat bar for warm weather.
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Love mine. Loved it too much to rack and fender it, so I commute on it in fair weather. Have a fould weather bike when needed.
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The Good - I have a Tricross Sport that I have ridden through the seasons in Colorado for 2 years for almost 5,000 miles. It's my adventure bike, commuter bike, get lost for fun bike, easy singletrack bike, studded snow tires ride when everybody thinks your nuts bike. I have used it for daily commuting, racked it up for camping, and pulled a trailer with it. I still ride my Scott road bike in the summer but the Tricross has been a blast. The Sport is the cheapest, heaviest model and I would buy it again.

The Bad- The rack mounts are not lined up straight, they rear mounts on the dropouts were full of paint and had to be cleaned out before I could mount the rear rack. The Tricross racks made by Specialized are cheap, the front rack was a pain to fit, it needed to be modified so my brakes would work, My nifty little bell on my cross brakes broke in a month, You need to buy a longer bolt for the front fender because of the depth of the fork, Some people have issues with toe overlap, the carbon seat post refuses to stay in place (replaced with a Ritchey problem solved), and the stock saddle is lousy, Hello Fizik Arionne.

The Ugly - BB bracket went south at 4000 miles, the gearing isn't low enough to pull a trailer in the mountains of Colorado, especially on some of the adventure rides we do on dirt roads. The brake pads didn't last 3 months. Some people have front fork shudder, never had it but my Sport came with Mini V's and they work great. I worried about the Alex Rims and the cheap hubs, they have been ridden hard and put away wet and are still rolling true. At 205 lbs I'm not a little guy.

Summary- I ride my other bikes less and my 27 lb beast more. Go figure, it's just fun.
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Nice bikes. I have a s-works frame I'll build up at some point and bid on an aluminum custom-build that was on ebay recently. Someone wanted that one more than I did though.

I wouldn't call them a standout over something like the Kona Jake series, though they do have the eyelets and rack mounts that many/most cross bikes are lacking.

From what I've seen, the Tricross seems to hold its value better than some other brands, making it harder to find a "deal" on ebay. For example, I bought and sold a Kona JTS for around $550. Most of the Tricross are selling for $750 or more. There are occasional deals though. For instance, I think the bike I linked above was still a good value at that selling price.
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I have a 2006 Comp model. I've tried to find a bike that worked better and that was more comfortable but I couldn't. I've sold each and every bike that I bought to replace it. It's a very rugged, comfortable and versatile bike. I have two sets of wheels for it, one road set with 23's and the stock Roval wheels with the Armadillo Elite Boroughs on them. I bought the Tricross rack set as well. I like them. Nothing I would tour with, but good for commuting. The small front rack mounted just fine on mine, but I have cantilever brakes. It's the perfect size for my lunch bag.

I looked at the more newer versions and bought a 2008 Sport model, but Specialiized changed the geometry enough that I didn't find them as comfortable as my 2006 model. If I lost this one, I'd go out tomorrow and start searching for one the same year.
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2006? Good tip! THANKS
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+1 with knobster. I love my 2006 Comp. Compact gearing not as low as I would like at times, but I'm also out of shape. I agree with rcummings1 that the rear rack mounts are awful. I ended up going with Old Man Mountain Sherpa rack. It's a skewer mount that bypasses all that.

In winter I throw on Schwalbe Marathon Winters, a bunch of lights and I'm good to go.

Overall, a very versatile bike that does a bit of everything from road riding to double track to light touring and yes, commuting too. Highly recommended.
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Originally Posted by svtmike View Post
For commuting, I just throw a Topeak MTX beam rack on it.
Wow, do put the rack on the carbon seatpost? Surprised it hasn't failed yet...
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