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Old 04-07-09, 01:48 PM
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Bike recommendations

Ok, I am looking for a bike that can do it all (but mostly on the road). If you look at my signature line, you can see that I have a road bike and a hybrid. I see no need for a flat bar bike anymore, so I will be getting rid of the hybrid. So, recently I have been on a quest to find a bike that is mostly for road riding, but can hit the occasional rails to trails path or a dirt road. I will not be doing any jumping or mountain bike trails. I took a look at 2 Specialized bikes at an LBS and I really liked the Sequoia except for the fact that there was no room to add a larger tire than 700X25 (according to the LBS) because of the brakes. He then showed me a Tricross Sport Triple and it looked a little too mountain bikey to me. To be fair I didn't ride either because I was on my lunch break. Both bikes had Cross Top Levers which I really wish my road bike had. I also want to be able to swap out from road tires to a slightly knobbed tire for trails. On the other hand I want it to be fairly light and be efficient when I put on road tires. Can you please recommend bikes in the $700-$1500 range? Minimum specs are Tiagra, carbon fork, triple crank and cross top levers.

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I think the LBS was on the right track with the Tricross. What you are really searching for seems to be a cyclocross bike, and that would be one of the many that are available.
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Giant TCX should come in your specification.

Nearly bought one this year but My Mountain bikes are more suited to the trails round here.

Has a compact Crank- and that seems to work on the steep road hills over here if coupled with a 12/27 cassette. I have both triple and compact doubles and the triple is set up for the mountains. The compact will take in the 15% 1 mile long climbs we have over here.

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Most road bikes have a max of 28c tires. You need a cyclocross frame. Enjoy.
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