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Which bike? Bianchi San Jose Pro v. Specialized Tricross Singlecross

Old 01-13-10, 08:04 PM
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Which bike? Bianchi San Jose Pro v. Specialized Tricross Singlecross

Even though I fancy myself a cycling enthusiast, albeit a relatively new one, I'm well aware this is the newbiest question ever. But I know little about comparing bikes, so here goes.

I have the opportunity to get a 2009 Bianchi San Jose Pro or a 2009 Specialized TriCross Singlecross, both at significant discounts. The Bianchi lists for a bit more than the Specialized anyway ($1050 v. $910), and the discount would get them within $100 of each other.

I figure the Bianchi probably has better components (plus fenders), but I'm wondering if it's a really heavy bike compared with the Specialized? One reason I'm interested in the Specialized is corrosion resistance of the Al frame, as my usual steel city bike is starting to show some rust now, even though it's less than a year from new and we're barely half-way through winter (in Chicago). I'm also planning to add a rear rack to whichever bike I end up with, in case that makes any difference.

Anyone care to comment? Especially those who have owned or ridden both, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
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Old 01-22-10, 12:10 AM
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Well... I ended up with the San Jose Pro. Picked it up tonight and rode it down Milwaukee Ave. to my home. It seems like a pretty sweet ride, it ate the bumps on Milwaukee with ease.

Bianchi has these on clearance right now, they are not in the 2010 catalog.
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i would buy the san jose pro only because i live in san jose.
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where did you buy it? and for how much?
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lol to this
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i would buy the san jose pro only because i live in san jose.
lol they have one named after my place too
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