Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-09-08, 11:00 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tricross All in One Bike for Loaded Touring?

I am looking at getting a Specialized Tricross as a all in one bike. One I can use for touring, cummuting, riding on trails, and road riding. It has a pretty long wheelbase, long chainstays and upright position. It has full front and rear rack and fender mounts, and three water bottle mounts. The question is if it has everything I need for loaded touring. I am thinking of weekends, maybe a few weeks or even a couple of months of light to fully loaded touring. There are a couple of models and several issues:

1) Carbon seat stays and fork. Is there a problem with fully loaded touring with paniers on carbon seatstays and a carbon fork with full mounts? The Tricross Comp/Expert is E5 alloy with carbon seat stays and fork, with full front and rear rack mounts. The Sport is A1 aluminium with carbon fork, also with full mounts.

2) Is a 50-34 compact crank sufficient for loaded touring? Say if it can be paired to an 11-34 cassette.

3) Are the Specialized Pave wheels strong enough? They only have 20/24 spokes but are supposed to be quite strong for cyclocross.

Apart from the above issues it seems alright for touring. Am I missing anything? Let me know what you think.
Thanks, dumalam.
dumalam is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:22 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.