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    Post Specialized Crosstrail Thoughts Here-----Based On Actual Experience.

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    Of Interest To CT owners/Adventure Tour

    Adjusted/Modified Handle Bar - Type = riser XCM
    *Cut 7/8" each end
    * Rolled forward slightly
    *Flip'ed Stem

    A nice large factory bar to work with. I gave it a couple months trial and use before chop/shop dial in, for my preference.

    INTERESTING: The geometry of this bike and other manufacture's similar is Very similar to Salsa Fargo and new 2014 Specialized AwoL - adventure / tour / down bar mountain bike's.......Very Similar if you compare the geometry. The fargo steel fork is a match/swap, woodchopper bar's etc.


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    Update @ approx. 400 miles mixed terrain.


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    I believe the rims are the DXT-116 for XC/Tour. I believe the total weight front and rear to be about 1900g. They are a durable/DW wheel and imo a very good choice for a Bike Packing/Adventure Tour / APB. Some early reports suggest substantially more wheel weight. Maybe early models were?
    * The rims measure 18mm high / 24mm outer wide. Ideal tire size range based on the "1.5 -2 times" rule of thumb is 36mm to 48mm. Ideal cross / monster cross / gravel / ATB size imo.
    * I may go Stans tubeless kit soon.

    2) The 2013 CT SD is approx. 29 #'s. One area it lacks is climbing via weight. Yet, for the purpose of this bike, imo it has sturdy wheel set, of expectable weight per purpose, from a reputable mfg'er

    3) Another contributor to weight, climbing is the SA Suntour Nexi Suspension Fork. My research (SA Suntour online catalog ) show's this suspension. fork to be 2300g / 5# 1oz (nearly 5#'s even) .
    The sus forks work's quite well for intended purpose (trekking,tour,bike pack,fire-forest service road) I have taken it apart and imo it is Low maint. The issue besides weight is no oil dampening.
    Option : If one were to swap out the sus. fork for a Salsa Fargo V2 CroMoly rigid fork the weight savings would be 2 1/2#'s (2#'s 9oz exact). The Salsa fork weighs 1158g / 2# 8oz (2 1/2#'s) by their website stats. Price of fork about $130.
    Option 2 : A carbon MTB fork such as Orgin 8 , Niner. This would take the # savings to over 3 1/2#'s = substantial.
    The sus fork does o.k. on singles hit impacts and very mild trail, urban side walks,curbs,etc. Anything in-between (the big area) the rebound is to fast, making the ride Worst. I would have preferred Specialized simply put a cro/mo rigid fork on the CT. But, they are following suit as all large companies have the same cheap S.F. on their similar bikes.


    4) I like the Handle bars and like mine cut 7/8" each end. They are nice tour/ATB bars that allow up to 3 hand position's with bar ends. I have sense rolled them back a bit with less rear sweep.......nice. The specialized bar ends are REALLY nice. Over all I like these XCM bars/choice for this bike (sport disc).



    To be continued.............

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    I like this build.

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    Thank You !

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    Beset thing about the cross trail was the frame. The undamped fork weighed 3 kg+ I replaced this with a kona project ii extended crown, rebuilt bike with road transmission and xt v brakes.

    Also experiments with road, hybrid and 29 er tires

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    Weight from LBS Scale, size large frame with bar ends,bottle cage,pedals,power grips straps, trip computer, 1.8" Renegade tires = 26.1 #

    Recently Added - Altamount Wheels & Specialized Phenom Comp Gel Saddle.

    It has become the flat bar cross bike I envisioned. A fairly light,rigid 29er build around 47mm/1.8" tires.
    I like the geometry , long chain stays and wheel base for stability,climbing,comfort fire roads,gravel,to urban. I am 5'9" 30" inseam but went with the large size for some room to stretch out non switch back riding and have no regrets.
    The wheels shed more weight than expected and along with the carbon fork were a dramatic difference.


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