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    '09 Spec Tricross (Singlecross)

    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/...2&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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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    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/...2&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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by jrob1775
    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.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by pwork
    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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    Any V-brakes will make a huge difference. The levers don't have a high enough leverage ratio with the canti's. I'm using 10 dollar tectro's...night and day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jrob1775
    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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    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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    you did make sure the rear hub is 120mm right? I just dont want you to order something that wont fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jut8
    you did make sure the rear hub is 120mm right? I just dont want you to order something that wont fit.
    the rear hub on the Specialized bike? or on the wheelset?

    wheelset: does this say that it is 120mm? http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...&productId=194
    not sure where i can find out about the bike...
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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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    yo man don't scare me like that! i'm excited about this upcoming bike!

    Did u check out my link? Do those wheels work with the bike?
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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)

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    Tricross Singlecross without stock wheelset: $450 flat
    Mavic OP + Forumula track hubs + DT Comp spokes + DT brass nipples: $268
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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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    HoW did u get gears on it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    HoW did u get gears on it??
    Free Wheel Cassette probably. You just pop of the SS free wheel and slap a free wheel cassette.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dremer03
    Free Wheel Cassette probably. You just pop of the SS free wheel and slap a free wheel cassette.

    Which one , freewheel or cassette ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    Which one , freewheel or cassette ?
    perhaps I have the terminology wrong but isn't a cassette with the free hub built in called a free wheel cassette?

    Or is it actually called a free hub cassette?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dremer03
    perhaps I have the terminology wrong but isn't a cassette with the free hub built in called a free wheel cassette?

    Or is it actually called a free hub cassette?

    Freewheel or Cassette , but not both . Cassette doe have a freehub .

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    Ok, here it is. I put some Specialized Captain CX tires on it and some SRAM 900 Carbon Levers on it, then i added a SRAM 500TT friction shifter to control the 3 Speed Sturmey Archer S-RF3 internal geared hub, laced to a Salsa CX rim. I am not 100% sure about the gearing yet, i have it setup as 34-16 for the direct drive. The 3 speed hub offers 75% in first gear, 2nd is a 100% direct drive, and 3rd is a 133% drive. For the slow snow rides we have now, the gearing is pretty good, but i can see myself wanting more in the CX races and on the roads, but we will see.

    I am still playing around with the cable routing to get the cleanest setup i can, but its not too bad right now, i have it ran along the chainstay then up the downtube. I tried it up the seatstay and on under the top tube and i thought it looked terrible.

    Overall i think its a pretty good setup for a do it all bike. Its going to wear many hats, it will be my commuter, then our mtb series has 2 cx races, so I am going to give it a run in those, and its been fun on our snow covered trails for a change of pace. I am interested to see how the hub holds up. I have never owned anything built by sturmey archer, but it offered the gear ratio's i wanted, as most internal hubs that would fit on the bike had first gear as the direct drive then went up from there. I also like that I am able to get more ground clearance with an almost "compact" drive setup compared to what came stock. Overall its a fun bike, and its been fun to play around with.
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    Nice , keep us updated on the hub .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    Nice , keep us updated on the hub .
    talkin to jut8?

    i wish i understood what was going on, on his hub, lol. he says 3 gears but i only see 1 cog
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