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Old 10-11-07, 05:33 PM   #1
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Wanting to upgrade wheel sets - Tricross

I just bought an '08 Specialized Tricross Sport Triple. Its spec-ed out with Specialized forged alloy hubs and Alex Ace-19 rims. I'm thinking these aren't the greatest setup - but I'm not sure. I'd like to upgrade to someting lighter. I'm not planning on doing any CXing - the bike is for commuting and wet road training rides. What wheel sets would be a nice upgrade? Hopefully, I can keep it under $400-$500 bucks. Also do CX bikes have just beefier road wheels or is the dropout spacing wider and therfore its like a tall skinny mt bike setup?

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I have a 06 Comp version and I ended up putting some Mavic Open Pro's with Ultegra hubs from Performance Bike for $220. Sweet wheels for the price. Any normal wheel will work with this bike. Yes, most CX bikes have a beefier wheel. Normal road wheels work just fine on them though.
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The dropout spacing on the tricross is 130mm which is standard road spacing. Any set of "nice" road wheels will be a good upgrade and a lot lighter too.

Another nice upgrade if you're riding mostly on pavement or not riding steep hills is to change the cassette. I weighed the cassette that came on my bike (2008 tricross sport) and it weighed 433g. A decent road 9spd cassette will probably weigh around 230g.

Swapping the wheels, tires, and cassette on the bike can drop about 3 lbs off the weight of the bike. Then put the stock wheels back on to go beat them up in the dirt. :-)
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