Author Topic: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014  (Read 1211 times)

Aunt Maud

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Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:16:53 pm »

Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
Re: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 12:25:49 pm »
No experience of the '14 elite disc but I've got a 2010 Tricross Sport Triple.

Good for twiddling up hills, with a comedy-low bottom gear. Feels nice and stable, massive clearance for tyres/guards. Mine currently has the bars as high as they'll go and the OE 32mm hybrid tyres, giving a ride I'd mostly describe as "stately" more than "sporty".

Aunt Maud

  • Le Flâneur.
Re: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 01:00:30 pm »
Have you had any issues with it at all ?

contango

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  • The Fat And The Furious
Re: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 02:05:34 pm »
I'd second Dibdib's experience, although mine was a 2009 version.

A 50-39-30 triple paired to a 9-speed 11-32 cassette meant for some really low gears, which was handy for a heavy rider like me going up big hills. It's not going to break any speed records - I was recently surprised to find myself lapping Richmond Park as fast on my hardtail MTB as I could on the Tricross - but it was comfortable for long distance riding (when it was properly adjusted I could ride a 200 without any particular issues).

The only issue I had with mine was when I broke the frame. By then it was five years old, I bought it when it was two years old and it was clear the previous owner(s) hadn't looked after it particularly well. In the three years I had it I put about 9000 miles on it and rode it over everything from silky smooth tarmac to fairly lumpy gravel, and hit a few potholes at speed when I didn't see them coming.

If you want something really fast it's probably not the right bike for you. If you want something comfortable over distance and flexible enough to take big fat tyres, pannier racks etc it's a good bike. I was certainly sad to see the demise of mine.
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Aunt Maud

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Re: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 02:27:05 pm »
I want it for the Cambrian series and the Pendle, so climbing and descending on steep, tight Welsh lanes.

So low gearing and good brakes are important, plus it's got a full set of braze ons. I can always change the tyres for some Vittoria open corsa if I want it to go faster.

Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
Re: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2014, 02:34:33 pm »
While the touring-low bottom gears are great for climbing, it's also not a particularly light bike (at least mine isn't).

Aunt Maud

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Re: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 03:12:38 pm »
Is yours about 11.5 kg ?

Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
Re: Specialised Tricross Elite Disc 2014
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 03:29:58 pm »
Is yours about 11.5 kg ?

No idea, truth be told, although that sounds about right. If I remember correctly, the last time I weighed mine it came out at about 12.5-13kg, but that was including a rack and mudguards.