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Old 06-26-13, 09:30 AM
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To buy or not to buy...

Alright guys. I'm on the fence about whether or not I should get a cross bike. Currently, I have a Trek DS 8.3 and a C'dale Synapse Carbon 6. I ride the Synapse on road about 80% of the time. My typical weekend rides are 50-70 miles averaging 18 mph on the Synapse. Now, with the weather getting warmer, I like to ride in the forest preserve trails where I can get some shades. Most of the trails are crushed limestones and loose gravels around here. Tried riding the Synapse on the loose gravels and it was not very fun. The handling was terrible and it felt like it was beating up the bike. The DS can handle it but it's just so dang heavy (35 lbs!). I like to ride with decent speed and the DS feels like a slug. I found a gently used never raced Specialized Crux Expert Carbon for a decent price. I test rode it and it fits me well. Part of me says get the Crux and enjoy life. The other part says do I really need another $1000+ bike? Financially, I can afford it. I thought about selling the DS but I would like to keep the DS when I just want to ride around town or riding with the kids. What would you do? Has anyone gone through what Iím going through now? Thanks.
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A cross bike should be great for the kinds of trails you describe. I'm a little confused as to why you'd prefer the DS for riding around town or riding with the kids. Of the three, I'd choose the cross bike for that too, though something like an old rigid mountain bike with slick tires might be even better.

Anyway, if the money isn't an issue and you have space for it, I say go ahead and get the Crux. You can always sell it if you find out it doesn't make you happy.
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I ride a cross on these kind of trails including commuting. Works great on limestone or rough gravel. If you have the money go for it.
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Andy - The reason I prefer the DS when riding around town is because it is so comfortable with the suspension unlock. It's like riding in a plushy Cadillac absorbing all the road imperfections.
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You know, I was thinking that the "DS" indicated dual suspension. I just looked that bike up, and I see that it does make sense for the kind of use you have in mind for it.

The Crux will handle just about any trail that Trek will.
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