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Anyone have any feedback on this bike? i'm looking for a cheapo SS/FG bike to ride on pavement in NYC.

i know this isn't RBR, i made a post there but its not as active as on these forums; and the Tricross can still be a decent trail bike.

My lbs is offering me the '09 Tricross Singlecross for $550, is that a good deal?
heres the bike: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?arc=2009&spid=38442&menuItemId=0

It weighs about 21.5lbs stock @ size 52, which would be the size i get.
 

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My wife got me one as a christmas present. Its a great fun bike. It comes with the flip flop hub, and has 120mm of rear spacing, so you "could" put a 3 speed internal hub on it if you wanted to later on down the road.

They are having some great closeouts on them right now. The rims seem pretty solid, and i really like the tires on the bike.
 

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louisssss said:
Anyone have any feedback on this bike? i'm looking for a cheapo SS/FG bike to ride on pavement in NYC.

i know this isn't RBR, i made a post there but its not as active as on these forums; and the Tricross can still be a decent trail bike.

My lbs is offering me the '09 Tricross Singlecross for $550, is that a good deal?
heres the bike: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?arc=2009&spid=38442&menuItemId=0

It weighs about 21.5lbs stock @ size 52, which would be the size i get.
I have the same bike and use it as my commuter / foul weather bike. It has a pretty basic parts kit but I got it to be a low maintenance beater bike. It serves this purpose very well.:thumbsup:
 

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Been racing one stock except for 39/20 and put v-brakes on it...the levers w/ the canti's are not a good combo, but threw some cheap v-brakes on it and can do stoppies on it now. Fun bike around town and on the course.
 

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I have the same bike and use it as my commuter / foul weather bike. It has a pretty basic parts kit but I got it to be a low maintenance beater bike. It serves this purpose very well.:thumbsup:
what did u change on the bike to make it low maint? i want the same thing!
i worry about: the cheapo alex rims & the weak canti brakes
 

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Been racing one stock except for 39/20 and put v-brakes on it...the levers w/ the canti's are not a good combo, but threw some cheap v-brakes on it and can do stoppies on it now. Fun bike around town and on the course.
dammit forgot i had this thread here,

what v-brakes are u using now? and how much better are they than the stock cantilevers?
 

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what did u change on the bike to make it low maint? i want the same thing!
i worry about: the cheapo alex rims & the weak canti brakes
The fact that it is a single speed makes it low maintenance. There are no der to adjust, or gears to get clogged when riding in messy conditions. The wheel set is as basic as it gets, but they worked fine for a season and I plan on just running them into the ground and then replacing them. I have upgraded to avid single digit v brakes with the small one finger specialized levers. That combo gives me more than enough stopping power. I am out of town right now, but I will post some pics when I get home.

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The fact that it is a single speed makes it low maintenance. There are no der to adjust, or gears to get clogged when riding in messy conditions. The wheel set is as basic as it gets, but they worked fine for a season and I plan on just running them into the ground and then replacing them. I have upgraded to avid single digit v brakes with the small one finger specialized levers. That combo gives me more than enough stopping power. I am out of town right now, but I will post some pics when I get home.

J.
i'm hopefully going to the shop and putting my deposit down for mine tomorrow.
i'm going to upgrade the wheels out of the box to something from BWW most likely, i hear Vuelta's are nice too, but i dunno where i can get a cheap track set.

Can you link me quickly to your brakes and brake levers that you upgraded to? and how much did it cost?
 

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made an agreement with my lbs for the 2009 Specialized Tricross Singlecross (size 52; i'm 5'6)
$450 bike without the stock set of crappy alex rims

I just made the order online for a set of Mavic Open Pro's + Formula Hubs + DT Brass Nipples + DT Comp Spokes (2.0/1.8)

worth it to upgrade the pads out of the box? or use my stock tektro's pads until they wear out?
 

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I just wanted to make sure you knew that the rear end of the bike has 120mm spacing, it looks like you got one that will work. Enjoy it, i love mine. The bike stock is perfect, but i have been riding it off road on the snow covered trails quite a bit, so I put a mtn crank and gearing on it for the moment. have fun with it, the stock brakes have been working great for me, and that is in sub freezing temps with snow.
 

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got my wheels today, but LUCKILY i got off work early =] what a surprise because if i didn't get off at noon today, i wouldn't have been able to pick up the bike till the following weekend. Today the weather was a nice 45 and sunny in NYC so i went for a short 5 mile long way home from the bike shop after getting my wheels at home.

the wheels came in at ~950g Front ~1150g rear. couldn't get wheel balanced on gram scale so the weights may be off. (NOOB)

Prices:
Tricross Singlecross without stock wheelset: $450 flat
Mavic OP + Forumula track hubs + DT Comp spokes + DT brass nipples: $268
Specialized Rib Cage: $10

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Great looking bike and great price too! Gotta be right at cost.

I ordered a Tricross frameset - supposed to be available late January - moving the parts over to it from my road bike (plus a few) and planning to use it as an all-rounder road bike, cross bike and commuter.

Hoping it'll work for some faster group rides without too much extra effort!
 

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Very nice! I like it! Do the brake levers work well with the Cantis? I was thinking about going that route, but after one ride with the tektro v-brakes off road in the snow, i was impressed enough to keep them.

I almost have mine finished, i just need to put some bar tape on the bars tonight, i think i got a sweet setup.....i guess you can still say its a singlecross, but it has "some" gearing options.
 
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