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Old 06-12-15, 08:03 AM
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Cool Thinking About Buying A Specialized CrossTrail Sport Disc

I haven't ridden a bike since my last mtb and I cannot even remember the name of it.


So I was looking at bikes and wanted to start riding again. Currently I am looking at a Specialized CrossTrail Sport Disc (Medium) bike FOR $600, not sure if it is a 2014 or 2015 model though... I am 6' and weigh 220 lbs


I will mainly be riding with my g/f; paved paths and the occasional dirt/rocks/sand.


It seems from the research that I've done and the salesman that I talked to, this seems to be right up my alley. I do see a lot of people comparing the CrossTrail with a Trek (forgot what model), is there any particular reason for the comparison? Is one model better than the other?


What are some cool and helpful mods to do on these bikes?


Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-12-15, 08:58 AM
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I compared the Crosstrail Sport Disc and the DS 8.4 and 8.5 since they were closely matched bikes. I also compared these to other bikes, but it came down to both Specialized and Trek since the geometry of the bikes were more comfortable to me. Honestly, the Crosstrail won me over mainly because of the price. I feel the Trek's are more stylish and have better paint jobs. I was looking for more for my money.

Now had I looked at the GT's from Performance Bikes, I might had gone with this GT Transeo 2.0 Comfort Bike - 2015 since it appears to offer a bit better components.

But reality is, you have to test each bike yourself to find what's comfortable and what you like. I like my Crosstrail and don't regret getting it instead of the GT. I've always wanted to own a Specialized when I was younger. Now I do.
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Old 06-12-15, 09:01 AM
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By the way, $600 is a good price, I paid $710 for it.

I've replaced the pedals, I kept slipping off them. I got better platform pedals. Along with better grips. Although Specialized grips are not that bad, I wanted some small bar ends for different riding positions.
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Old 06-12-15, 10:31 AM
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Yeah I have always wanted a Specialized bike when I was younger as well. It seems that the Sport Disc is very similar matched to the DS 8.4. Makes is hard to decide.


What's a better fraom on teh SPecialized; A1 or M4? The forks for both bikes are almost identical! What's a better derailleur; Shimano Acera, Diore or Alivio?


Wow the more I look at the two, the more they are closely compared......
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So You have a bike shop that sells that brand and you like the shop?
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Old 06-12-15, 11:15 AM
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Ride them an compare. To me, the sport disk seemed so be a better bike than the trek, better component feel for a little less money. They are both nice bikes. The trek will feel "smaller" in comparison if that's what you like (the specialized small frame feels between the Trek small and medium). Unfortunately I got hooked by the feel of hydraulic disk brakes on another brand in that price range, one thing led to another and I am now deciding between the 8.6 and the Comp Disk

Thats seems to be the disadvantage with trying different models, you will find a desirable feature you didn't know you wanted and then need to go up level. I think that is why the LBS encourage trying different bikes out....
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I have the 2015 Crosstrail Expert disc and my fiancé' has the 2014 Crosstrail sport disc. Both awesome bikes and we love them. I would be careful of a medium at your size IMO. I am 5'-10" and 170 and I am at the high end of a medium. You would need a large in my opinion but if you like a smaller bike maybe its just fine. Matched comparable model to model the Specialized Crosstrail usually beats the Trek out on components but Trek DS series are awesome bikes as well. I will say this… IF you can find or afford the Comp or Expert disc they are far lighter and feature much nicer components. Maybe a 2014 Comp disc? I had that model last year and it was badass! Good luck. You will love a Crosstrail at any level.
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Old 06-12-15, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
So You have a bike shop that sells that brand and you like the shop?
My LBS sells Specialized bikes. I cannot remember if they also sell Trek bikes.
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Yeah I have always wanted a Specialized bike when I was younger as well. It seems that the Sport Disc is very similar matched to the DS 8.4. Makes is hard to decide.


What's a better fraom on teh SPecialized; A1 or M4? The forks for both bikes are almost identical! What's a better derailleur; Shimano Acera, Diore or Alivio?


Wow the more I look at the two, the more they are closely compared......
The M4 frame is lighter than the A1. It might be stiffer as well, not sure. I think Mattyb13 might be able to tell you more on that than I can. He has both bikes with he and his wife. I personally like this Alivio. It works great and shifts nicely. I have had to have it tuned 2 times at LBS, but have since done my own tuning. It's my understanding this Alivio is basically a Deore from the past generation. While I like the Deore, I think if I were to get one, I would want the Shadow version. Otherwise the Deore and even the non shadow SLX in my opinion shift similar to the Alivio.

My son has the Acera on his GT. It's decent as well, but requires more tuning and have noticed more chain slap. But otherwise it's decent.
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One more bike to consider when you start comparing is Giant Roam 1. You usually get better components with Giant for the same or less money.
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Old 06-12-15, 12:23 PM
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Ride them an compare. To me, the sport disk seemed so be a better bike than the trek, better component feel for a little less money. They are both nice bikes. The trek will feel "smaller" in comparison if that's what you like (the specialized small frame feels between the Trek small and medium). Unfortunately I got hooked by the feel of hydraulic disk brakes on another brand in that price range, one thing led to another and I am now deciding between the 8.6 and the Comp Disk

Thats seems to be the disadvantage with trying different models, you will find a desirable feature you didn't know you wanted and then need to go up level. I think that is why the LBS encourage trying different bikes out....
It just seems that both bikes are equally compared/liked! That is what's making this hard to compare.
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Old 06-12-15, 12:26 PM
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I have the 2015 Crosstrail Expert disc and my fiancé' has the 2014 Crosstrail sport disc. Both awesome bikes and we love them. I would be careful of a medium at your size IMO. I am 5'-10" and 170 and I am at the high end of a medium. You would need a large in my opinion but if you like a smaller bike maybe its just fine. Matched comparable model to model the Specialized Crosstrail usually beats the Trek out on components but Trek DS series are awesome bikes as well. I will say this… IF you can find or afford the Comp or Expert disc they are far lighter and feature much nicer components. Maybe a 2014 Comp disc? I had that model last year and it was badass! Good luck. You will love a Crosstrail at any level.
When I straddled the Large, my "boys" were resting on the frame ever so slightly. I did the same thing on a Medium and I felt like I had a little more room.. Maybe "the boys" were hanging lower bc that day it was 92°F outside lol.


I did the grab test (grab the neck of the handle bars and stalk of the seat) and it felt like I had a little more room with the Medium..... The Comp Disc at the moment is out of my price range.
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The Comp or Expert versions of the Crosstrail are FAR lighter! My fiance is jealous as hell of my lighter Expert Disc. As I said above, if you can find/afford the 2014 Comp disc it would be worth the additional time and financial investment.
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So it sounds like it would be even more sacrilegious to put fenders and a rack on the comp or expert than the sport disk ?
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I called my LBS, they no longer have any 2014 models in the CrossTrail series on hand. From here on out, only 2015's.
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I am also possibly going to be buying my 7 yr old a bike as well......
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I've had close to a dozen different bikes over the years, started out with what simply used to be called a "bicycle" when I was a kid, got a ten speed which is now called a road bike, had about four bikes of that type and then the kids came along and we bought what were then called mountain bikes. We went through several of those and then had a 6 year hiatus from cycling due to other issues. Decided to get back into cycling and went out shopping as you are now, looked at Treks, Giants, Kona's, Rocky Mountains, Fuji's and Marins. After riding them and giving it a lot of decent consideration I ended up with a Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc and it is, IMHO, the absolute best bike I've ever owned. I can go anywhere in any weather on pretty well any road or trail where I live and it handles it all. I stand 5' 9" and got the medium frame, I had the same issue as you regarding the fit of the top tube, but it hasn't proven to be a problem whatsoever when actually riding the bike. The hydraulic discs are amazing, I'd never had them before and the difference in stopping power is truly awe inspiring, the component set is quite adequate at doing the required job and you can always upgrade individual components if you find one of them to be lacking in performance. I love the tires it came with, lots of grip but still fast enough on pavement. The shocks are great on the rougher trails I often find myself on and easily locked out when I'm on the smooth stuff.

I don't think you'll go wrong with a Crosstrail, but as some have already pointed out, try to get the highest level you can afford, you won't regret making that decision.
Enjoy your new ride...!!
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I purchased a 2015 Specialized Crosstrail Expert last September.....when Specialized lowered the price to $1500 on the top model of this bike. The M4 frame, xt shifters, Hydraulic disc brakes, remote shock lockout, 2x10 gearing, and super strong rims make this well worth the investment for me. (side note) I hit a 3 inch step in pavement...when they were milling road...at 30 miles an hour, very nearly crashed...but the bikes shock saved me from chewing pavement. The front tube blew out from a "pinch flat" and spoke reflectors flew off.....but only damage was the tube. These wheels are amazing....my 2010 crosstrail sport wheels would have folded up and sent me flying. SPEND the money on the EXPERT!!!! PS...I have about 2000 miles on this new Crosstrail....and no trips back to shop!!!

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The Comp also has those same excellent wheels.
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