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    Trek CrossRip Elite

    Does anyone own a Trek Cross Rip Elite? I am thinking of buying one but I cannot find one in any bike shop so I would like to have some input regarding this bike.

    Thanks!

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    What do you plan on using it for?
    It's more of a commuter bike that a cyclocross bike.

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    Mostly for paved rail trails/ green ways and when vacationing on trails that are paved and stone dust.

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    Then it, along with a Specialized Tri Cross....would be a good bike for you.

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    You like this more than the Trek? I liked the fork clearance on the Trek and it can accommodate a 29 inch wheel, not that I would be considering switching.

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    The CrossRip seems really nice for the money. Components are a little low end but the frame and fork along with the massive tire clearance open up a lot of possibilities down the road.
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    Both take "29" wheels....a 29 wheel is the same as a 700 road wheel.
    I don't " like" either of them...as in they are pretty much the same bikes...pretty good lower priced, commuter/ path bikes.
    Either will be fine for what you want to do with it.
    Don't over think it. You obviously like it...buy it and ride it.

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    The crossrip elite is pretty killer. I would not use it for cross racing, as the geo is a bit relaxed. But the component spec for the money is not bad. The hayes brakes are nice looking and work extremely well(huge upgrade from the bb5's on the base model). The carbon fork is a bit flexy, which is nice on this style of bike as you are looking more for comfort than speed. I have put about 20 miles on one and it is a fun utilitarian bike that just likes to be ridden.

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    It is between the Specialized Elite and the Trek but they are virtually the same bike.
    I will go with the Trek since the geometry is a little better suited to my size.

    How is the shifting on this bike? I know this setup is not the best but I do not want
    to spend a ton of money since my main ride is a FS
    Superfly.

    Thanks!

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    Cool looking bike

    Looks like the big 3 are beginning to acknowledge the gravel-multi terrain market. Consider buying the bike from a shop that offers free or discounted tune ups/service and have them zero the shifting in for you. A lot of peoples shifting problems are due to technique. Youll figure it out.

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    That is good advice, as well as keeping the drive train clean.

    The only thing I am really uncertain about are the tires. They appear to be real road tires and although I will be riding mostly on pavement, it will be paved rail trails so the pavement is lumpy and rough.

    I was thinking of asking them to change them out with some fast rolling/cyclocross, small knobby tires.

    Advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    There are a number of all terrain/CX

    tires out there. I really like the 35c Clement MSO CX all terrain tire.

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    Guys I'm new here and a total noob so bear with me.

    I placed an order for a 50cm Elite on Xmas Eve, I'm 5'9" with a 30.5" inseam.

    The LBS had a 54cm std CrossRip that I test rode and as soon as I sat on it the salesman said It looked long for me. He looked at the frame specs and compared them to the standard road bike and found that the 54cm model had a 56.8cm top tube length(the 50 has a 54.6cm length). After riding the CrossRip he put me on a really nice Domane 2.0 which measured a true 54cm and the fit was much better. The Tiagra components and compact double on the Domane really convinced me to go for the Elite model even though I think the flat black looks better.

    If the new Sora components feel half as good as the Tiagra on the Domane I'll be happy. I thought the 2300 stuff on the std bike felt nice compared to some of the crap ive ridden in the past.

    I'm a bit nervous about the tires too but I'm going to give them a chance and wear em out before deciding on something else.

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    The new sora is a world better than last years. And Bike fit is a huge debate and many people have opinions and ideas that make sense. I prefer the long and low aproach... which can be achieved on either size that you pick. But the smaller size(50) will make you feel a bit more in control and promote power moves and be a bit more lively. But you may want to swap the stem to get yourself a bit longer and lower. The 54 may feel a bit more stable and apear to be a better fit with less seat post protruding, but with the sloping top tube there is goig to be a bit of post sticking out to achieve proper fit. Fit is a very personal thing. so let the sales man know how you are feeling.

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    I picked up the bike today and couldn't be happier. After riding both the 54 and 50 I chose the 50 Elite. The smaller frame just felt more nimble and stable under low speed conditions and didnt seem to give up any stability at speed.

    The Elite is a step up from the standard CrossRip in every way. I could tell very little difference between the new Sora components and the Tiagra on the Domane I test road previously. The Hayes brakes are very smooth and stopped every bit as good or better than the BB5 brakes on the standard model.

    The only negative I can think of so far is the seat is hard and hurts my pelvis a bit. Might havde to change the seat.

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    i just ordered my 50 cm cross rip elite a few days ago.

    i wish the top tube was an actual 50cm and not a 54 cm.

    but once i get the bike and see.

    i will know if i goofed.
    can't really do anything else though,
    since that is smallest cross bike model with discs.

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    The size should not be a problem, you have some adjustment in the cockpit length with the saddle, and if you cannot get enough adjustment there, the stem could be changed.

    Let me know how you like the bike and please post a photo!

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    i am small and ride a 52 cm road bike

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    Did the bike shop fit you?

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    4cm is only 1.57 inches. Like mentioned above there should be no problem getting the bike to fit you.

    Heres a couple pics from yesterdays 8 mile ride. Couldn't be happier.
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    The bike looks great and so does the scenery, I really miss Wilmington!!

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    i have over 40 years race experience.
    i can even ride something a little big.
    but i wanted something i could really ride and handle with ease
    and i wanted disc brakes more than anything

    those pix make me think the bike will be just fine.
    it is small
    and just has a long-er top tube than other/standard cross race bikes
    which can be fixed with a short stem.
    if i even need a change at all.

    eye candy. now even more anxious.

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    Thanks, its nice when it's not 100 degrees out!

    Bike rode great, it had rained yesterday and was pretty sloppy.The bike handled the rougest gravel road section I could find with ease. It's all sand here so bigger tires will be a must for any real single track. I'm also 210lb so I'm no lightweight.

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    You will be fine, if need be it will amount to minor adjustments, you will love the bike!

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    how is the pedal / front tire overlap ?
    i am hoping the longer top tube is the blessing in disguise
    to avoiding tip of shoes touching front tire in cornering

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    I am about 215 and I was thinking the stock tires are strictly road tires and I was thinking of having them changed to a mini knobby tire.

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    I'll admit the longer top tube may make this bike a bit easier to ride offroad. I notice that I really have to shift my weight back on this bike when i get in anything soft. The next frame size up may be a little easier to lighten the front tire up.

    I have clipped my toe on the front tire a couple times. But it was in slow speed turning situations where I had my foot too far forward on the pedal.

    I'm now considering bigger tires as wel but not sure on a knobbie. I was thinking something like the schwalbe marathons might work well.

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    and you are 5 feet 9 inches ?
    i have owned small road bikes
    where my shoes hit the front tire cornering
    and made for hair raising few seconds.

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    It does not seem logical a bikes design would allow your feet to contact the front wheel when turning?

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    i did discuss with the shop
    a additional set of 29'er tubeless rims and tire set for this bike

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    So with larger wheels, your feet would be closer?

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    it was very common in smaller frames

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    Yes 5'9" with a 30/30.5 inseam.

    When I clipped the tire was maneuvering from a stop. This did not happen while pedaling in motion.

    My foot was also too far forward on the pedal.

    Think more about this I was not seated, I had my right foor on the ground and was taking off from a stop.

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    if you move the crank/pedal to the say 3 o'clock-towards front of bike position.
    can you move your shoe clipped into pedal
    and get it to touch the front tire if you turn the bars ?

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    I have stock pedals with no clips. as long as my foot is in the "clipped position" my toe/foot will not touch.

    I am a novice!!!

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    Yes, you foot should not reach, unless your bike is 3 sizes too small!

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    i guess the point is moot,
    since my 50cm bike was already ordered and is on the way as we speak.
    and there is no other size that will fit.
    only bigger frames...eeek!

    those photos make me anxious.
    i am sure i will be happy.

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    hopefully this puts your mind to rest
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    are the cranks 170's ?

    the reason for 29'er wheel set
    was to order a bontrager tubeless ready wheel set that the discs can transfer over to

    i think 29'er and 700c are nearly the same size rim

    but need to see what size tire can fit in frame and forks before that step

    . i am super excited to get my new bike now.

    it's like Christmas and stuff.

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    I get 6.75" on the crank which is 172mm or so.

    The wheels are 622x15. I see max recomended width is 32 which is whats on it.

    According to Trek 1.8" wide tires will fit inside the frame/fork. Thats what a 45mm width tire???

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    my upgraded wheel set
    will be tubeless
    so not sure what width/tire i will be able to get on there.

    i am not going to see my new bike til next year.

    ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunna View Post
    i guess the point is moot,
    since my 50cm bike was already ordered and is on the way as we speak.
    and there is no other size that will fit.
    only bigger frames...eeek!

    those photos make me anxious.
    i am sure i will be happy.
    You see, this is why the top tube needs to be the lenghth it is. I was looking at the geometry of the Specialized Cyclocross and the top tube length is about one inch less than the Trek.

    The longer TP equates to a longer wheelbase and a better ride.

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    So I spent some time reasearching seats/seat adjustment and really dialing in the seat position. I had the seat much too high and forward. I wasnt even sitting on my "sit bones" and my hips were rocking. So, I moved the seat down and back and so far the front end seems much lighter without my weight being carried on the bars as much.

    The last time I spent any significant time on a bicycle was before I got my drivers license, I'm 36 now. Even then all I've ever ridden is BMX style and mountain bikes. The road bike aspect is completely new to me. On top of that this is my first "fitted" bike. You guys take that into account when you hear me talk about this bike, especially offroad. I live on the coast where it's all soft sand, I'm 210lb and the bike has small 32c tires on it. Even mountain bikes are tough to ride under these conditions. I had several front tire wash outs venturing offroad. Eventually though it all came to me, I can't "ride the front tire" like a big tire bike(if that makes sense). I really had to pick the front tire up over the smallest obstacles compared what I'm used to.

    One other thing I'll admit is I may have shortish arms which could be another reason the 50 felt better for me.

    rickcin, so do you have a CrossRip on order yet??

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    The tires that come with the Cross Rip and generally for the road and the bike is considered a Cyclocross. I might ask the dealer to swap out the tires when he gets my bike so I get a tire that will function well on asphalt or stone dust. With a mini knobby tire I could then adjust to the differnt terrain. A higher pressure when cycling on asphalt and then less pressure on unpaved trails.

    You should have asked your bike shop to set the seat height and check your riding position. This is all part of the fit and part of their service and if you feel they are not capable of doing this, then stop in a better bike shop and I am sure they would be more than happy to help you.

    When I picked up my FS Superfly a few weeks ago, I brought my cleats in and they set me all up, adusted the saddle height, checked my position in the cockpit and reviewed daily maintainence items with me. I just if I just took the bike and left they may not have offered any assistance. My recommendation would be for you to have a knowledgeable person double check your current set-up! Minor adjustmaents could make for a huge difference in comfort and performance.

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    I agree, when I picked the bike up the salesman I ordered the bike from wasn't there. I was in a rush to ride it and another fellow quickly adjusted the seat and I left. I'll be going back and will most likely buy another seat too. The stock seat is too narrow for me.

    This shop has an excellent reputation around town and I'm sure Brian, the salesman, will take care of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Beastwood View Post
    So I spent some time reasearching seats/seat adjustment and really dialing in the seat position. I had the seat much too high and forward. I wasnt even sitting on my "sit bones" and my hips were rocking. So, I moved the seat down and back and so far the front end seems much lighter without my weight being carried on the bars as much.

    The last time I spent any significant time on a bicycle was before I got my drivers license, I'm 36 now. Even then all I've ever ridden is BMX style and mountain bikes. The road bike aspect is completely new to me. On top of that this is my first "fitted" bike. You guys take that into account when you hear me talk about this bike, especially offroad. I live on the coast where it's all soft sand, I'm 210lb and the bike has small 32c tires on it. Even mountain bikes are tough to ride under these conditions. I had several front tire wash outs venturing offroad. Eventually though it all came to me, I can't "ride the front tire" like a big tire bike(if that makes sense). I really had to pick the front tire up over the smallest obstacles compared what I'm used to.

    One other thing I'll admit is I may have shortish arms which could be another reason the 50 felt better for me.

    rickcin, so do you have a CrossRip on order yet??
    Sorry, I missed your question. No, I have not ordered the Cross Rip yet, going to do so lated this month. Going to order 2 bikes since my wife want the Cannondale Synapse, so hopefully I can get a decent deal, especially since I want different tires on my bike.

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    Did 14 miles today around Greenfield Lake in Wilmington. No offroad but I went down a set of brick steps and did much curb hopping and travelling some rough trashy roads. Bike is tough as nails and I love the disc brakes! Say what you want about the tires but I've run over glass and all kinds of winter debree. Supposedly these hardcase ultimate tires are very puncture resistant. They do make them up to 45c I think.

    The seat adjustment helped tremendously! Not only in comfort but also helped exactly as id hoped with rideability. This bike is everything that I was looking for. It IS NOT that dainty, max effort road bike. It is everything they say it is.

    One thing I wanted to mention was the shifting and gearing, specifically the difference between the standard CrossRip and the Elite version. The standard model with its triple and 8 speed was not as smooth and seemed to suffer from cross chaining and made noise in certain gear combos. This could have been the bike needing an adjustment, operator error, or a combo of both. Either way, the Elite version has been flawless. I'm extremely happy with the ratios, shifting etc etc.
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    thank you for the photos.

    i can't wait to get my bike.

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    No problem, post up some pics when you can!!

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    rickcin, have you thought about what tires you were going to upgrade to? The stock wheels "technically" won't allow anything bigger, although I've heard people say they have ran 35c tires on 15mm inner wheels. My primary concern is puncture resistance, especially with tires this small. Very few if any offroad knobbies offer the level of protection the stock tires or the Schwalbes I mentioned.

    I think the solution is to get a second wheel set like lunna is doing. I wouldn't be nearly concerned with flats/rim damage with something like 38c-45c tires. I'd love to have two sets of wheels/tires to switch back and forth depending on conditions.

    One thing about this bike is it doesn't have quick release wheels. I don't know whether that's something I need or not. Thoughts?

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