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  1. #1
    Bike Newb
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    Sep 2013

    Super new rider looking to upgrade my ride on a budge

    Hey guys, as it says in the title, I'm a super new rider looking to upgrade my biking experience. I only just started to ride this year, and my bike is now my primary means of transportation. I do mostly city riding, but also do some light trail riding (no racing) and was told by someone who knew a lot more about bikes than me that a Cyclocross bike might be good for me. Currently, I ride a 17.5" Trek 7.2 hybrid . . . and I'm 6'6. Ouch.

    I've tried out a 61cm Specialized TriCross Sport and really liked it. Price was $1200 new, (as a new rider, I don't
    feel confident enough in my bike knowledge to try out the Craigslist scene, so I'm looking strictly at bike shops) and ideally I'd be spending under $1000, but would be willing to do so for the right bike. I've also been recommended the Trek Crossrip line, and have heard good things about the Kona Jake and felt Z100. Can someone with more experience in these sorts of matters advise me if I'm on the right track or if I should be looking elsewhere?

  2. #2
    Kilted Cyclist
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    It depends on whether you like riding with road handle bar or flat bar.

    The Tricross is a good bike bike.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    I like the fat tires on the street and did a Surly Ogre I run with 40mm tires and drop bars.

    I was looking at the Tricross, also the Crossrip, the Jamis Novas, the Salsa bikes, You also have the Specialized AWOL and others coming, and there's also now a Surly Straggler (Crosscheck with discs) coming out real soon. None of them were big enough for me or I would have been picking among them for sure.

    I like the middle ground they cover, rack mounts, fender mounts, fat tire capacity, disc brakes (loving my discs). They let you point them about anywhere you can keep up and have middle ground geometry for comfort doing it.

    My Ogre is a tank of a road bike, but then again, I can just change the wheels/tires and it's a rigid mountain bike if my habits point me there in time.

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