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Old 11-16-18, 01:39 PM
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what size of nimbus do you use? 700c x 35? Also are these on the standard wheels.

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Yes, these fit fine on the standard wheels. You can actually go all the way down to 700x28 on the standard wheels, but not sure if thats a good idea on the Crosstrail though. The 700cx35 Nimbus is the smallest I can go on my newer wheels though.

Pictured here the 700x35 Nimbus on my original wheels.

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How you finding the different wheels. What the advantages of them?
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How you finding the different wheels. What the advantages of them?
Well, I got a 29" mountain bike set of wheels with 36 spokes since I'm a clyde and needed something more robust. The original wheel on the Crosstrail kept popping spokes after I ran through rocks after my son with his mountain bike. That wheel is now used when hooking my Crosstrail up to the trainer.

Advantage is the new wheels are able to handle rough terrain better. Disadvantage, I don't feel the road like I did on the original wheels when riding on the pavement. It kind of mutes the feel which some may say that's a good thing.
I haven't had a spoke pop since getting them though.

I posted here (post 437) a picture of the new wheels: Weinmann wheels on Crosstrail

Oh and another picture (post 944) with my Conti's earlier this year with the new wheels: Conti Tires on Weinmann Wheels

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What mudguards are you guys using not looking dor a full coverage ones, maybe the ones that fit on the downtube or along that lines?
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What mudguards are you guys using not looking dor a full coverage ones, maybe the ones that fit on the downtube or along that lines?
I use this "Dave Guy" model mudguard by PDW. It's nice because the shield itself goes on an off with snaps so I can just leave the mounting on the bike all the time and quickly put the guard on when I need it. In the back I have a basic rack from Performance Bike that serves well as a rear fender. Note the nice, clean water bottles...



After a day of use on the C&O Towpath trail.
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I have just ordered the crosstrail elite model to collect in a few days, got home and realised the shop has ordered me the 2018 model and they have listed the 2019 model on their website. Is there much difference in spec as they look the same and im clueless as to which components are better
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I have just ordered the crosstrail elite model to collect in a few days, got home and realised the shop has ordered me the 2018 model and they have listed the 2019 model on their website. Is there much difference in spec as they look the same and im clueless as to which components are better
Past few years for the Crosstrails with the A1 frames, the only real difference has been color changes. About 2 years ago, Specialized switched from a triple crank-set to a double. Lower end models received hydraulic brakes and few other changes. Looking at Great Britain's Specialized site, it doesn't appear anything has changed, but the colors.

The greatest changes had been with the upper level Crosstrail models, from switching from the E5 Premium alum frames to the carbon frames. But it appears that Specialized has not posted even on GB site the upper level models. Unsure if they are coming back or not. Past few years Specialized usually has this all posted by now.
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I have just ordered the crosstrail elite model to collect in a few days, got home and realised the shop has ordered me the 2018 model and they have listed the 2019 model on their website. Is there much difference in spec as they look the same and im clueless as to which components are better
The 18 and 19 Crosstrail Elite (aluminum) are in all respects identical, apart possibly from colour. You can compare the two here: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/sh...t=#result-list

If there is any difference at all, it's that the 18 has metal pads on the front brake, resin on the rear, whereas the 19 has resin pads all around. That's it, and that can be changed at point-of-sale if it is a concern. In all other respects they are identical.

The carbon-framed ones (Elite and Expert) are discontinued. Regional Specialized distributors may have 18s still in stock (Canada does), but there are no 2019 versions.
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