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2009 Specialized Tricross Comp vs 2015 Felt V85?

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2009 Specialized Tricross Comp vs 2015 Felt V85?

Old 08-11-15, 08:44 PM
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2009 Specialized Tricross Comp vs 2015 Felt V85?

I already have a deposit on the 2009 Specialized Tricross Comp. I test rode it and really loved it. I thought it was extremely comfortable. Couple that with Specialized's warranty, and the $1320 price tag, its hard to beat. Though my dream bike (which I will have in a year or so) is the BMC GF01 @ over $1300 more, ive read about some other bikes and the only one that compares to the 2009 Tricross Comp is the Felt V85 for only $1400.

My local Felt dealers do not carry the V85 in stock so no test riding it. So my question is, which would you pick between the two? The 2009 Tricross Comp comes with a mixed group of 105 and an ultegra rd. The Felt comes with a full 105 gruppo. The Felt has disc brakes and tbe Tricross has cantis. They both cost roundabout the same. Should I take my deposit off the Tricross and get the Felt?

How is the Felt warranty compared to the Specialized warranty?

I intend to ride about 95% on road and boardwalk terrain. The other 5% will be for light trails. I do plan on riding plenty of centuries on whatever bike I get so comfort is a priority.

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Old 08-12-15, 09:51 AM
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For essentially the same price, the V85 is a better spec'ed bike. It's newer 11 speed 105 vs. 10 speed 105 on the Tricross (the Ultegra rear derailleur isn't going to do much for you). Nothing wrong with the 10 speed stuff, but for the same price might as well get the newer/better stuff. The Tricross seems a bit overpriced too. I got a similarly spec'ed bike 2 years ago for less then that. Just sayin...
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Old 08-12-15, 10:37 AM
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I really enjoy my 2009 tricross, which I use as a commuting/rain/light trail bike. It would also make a great touring and long distance bike, even has a 3rd bottle cage mount.

I am tempted to replace the fork with a disc fork and stick on big tires for more off road use and possibly do a cx race on it.

If your riding plan is 95% road I don't think you need discs unless you are heavy and plan to do lots of descending in the rain.
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I really enjoy my 2009 tricross, which I use as a commuting/rain/light trail bike. It would also make a great touring and long distance bike, even has a 3rd bottle cage mount.

I am tempted to replace the fork with a disc fork and stick on big tires for more off road use and possibly do a cx race on it.

If your riding plan is 95% road I don't think you need discs unless you are heavy and plan to do lots of descending in the rain.
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Old 08-12-15, 11:36 AM
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I'd say a major difference is in the geometry. They are both on the side of smoother "gravel grinder" instead of racy cyclocross, but very different approaches on geometry.

The Felt V is more aggressive in positioning (reach, stack, effective tt...). But the Specalized Tricross is much more aggressive in handling! (rake, HT, wheelbase...)
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That price seems high for a 6 to 7 year old bike. Is it new old stock?
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That price seems high for a 6 to 7 year old bike. Is it new old stock?
Yes, I spoke with the shop owner. It's new old stock. The bike was made at the end of 2012.
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Old 08-23-15, 05:36 PM
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So the title of the thread should say 2012 tricross. So now it's a 3 to 4 year old bike vs a new one. I would go with the felt for resale value alone. Also I believe the felt has disk brakes.
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While we re sorting out whether it is 2009 or 2012 - I am a very happy long distance commuter on 2008 comp, very similar to 2009. 2009 was pretty much the last year when it was possible to have race-ready UCI compliant bike that accepted both front and rear racks and fenders and bosses galore. Wheels are to die for - I have 15k on them and they never needed truing. After that the line split into Tricross, aimed at commuters, and Crux, aimed at racers. Disc brakes also entered the scene. YMMV.

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