Specialized TriCross Comp

Specialized

TriCross Comp
2011

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (14 Reviews)
 

2011 Specialized TriCross Comp

If you're looking for a cyclocross bike for fitness, commuting and touring with a little racing thrown in for good measure, then check out Specialized's super-versatile TriCross Comp and expand your cycling horizons! It sports a light, stiff A1 Premium aluminum frame and a carbon fork for an unbeatable combination of smoothness and snap. You'll also love the responsive 20-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain and grippy cantilever brakes. Plus, the Comp is equipped with strong Roval Pavé wheels and a Zertz-equipped carbon seatpost for outstanding comfort!

Features and Information

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  • Specialized's Zertz viscoelastic inserts damp harsh vibrations to give you a velvety smooth ride that leaves you feeling comfortable and refreshed mile after mile.
  • Choose your preferred pedals (sold separately) from our wide selection.
 
Specification Description
Frame Specialized A1 Premium aluminum
Fork Specialized FACT-carbon w/aluminum steerer
Rims/Wheels Roval Pavé
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Specialized Borough Pro, 700 x 32c
Crankset Shimano 105
Chainrings 50/39/30
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 10-speed: 11-28
Shifters Shimano 105
Handlebars Specialized CX Comp
Tape/Grips Specialized S-Wrap w/gel padding
Stem Specialized Elite-Set, aluminum
Brake Levers Shimano 105
Brakes Tektro cantilever
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Riva Road
Seatpost Specialized Comp, FACT carbon w/Zertz insert

* Subject to change without notice.

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5.0 stars

(based on 14 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (11)
  • Lightweight  (11)
  • Handles well off-road  (10)
  • Great Components  (8)
  • Versatile  (3)

Cons

  • Ignored underappreciate 
  • None 
  • Heavy 
  • Slightly heavy 
  • stock tires 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (11)
  • Pavement  (10)
  • Cycle cross racing  (8)
  • Off-road  (7)
  • Road Biking  (2)

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5.0

Great All-around Bike!

By Vic2665

from Summit, NJ

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Pros

  • Handles Well Off-road
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons

  • Ignored Underappreciate

Best Uses

  • Pavement
  • Cycle Cross Racing
  • Commuting
  • Light Touring
  • Off-Road

Comments:

The Specialized Tricross is a terrific and under appreciated bike. Consider it the "Swiss Army Knife" of cycling. Specialized came out with a great idea in the Tricross. Here is a machine with great poise and quick handling, as smooth as the Roubaix, able to take on a luggage rack and panniers for touring, handle the crud, and go virtually anywhere. But wait, there's more! Swap out the 32c tires for a set of road-rubbers and you have an all-year training bike that will keep up with all those fancy racers in their lycra tights! Not afraid of some snow? Stick on a set of studded tires and this bike can take on the Yukon! The cantilever brakes and wide fork and rear assembly let you dress this date with a wide range of tires. The aluminum frame can take a lot more abuse that a Carbon road frame. And did I mention how sweet it handles? Here's the rub... The die hards could not live with a 'cross bike aimed at the general public. So, Specialized gave in and came out with the Crux. Last year they did in the "Expert" Tricross; probably the best in the line up for general users. Not withstanding, the Comp is still a great value. Try it for yourself. Let's hope Specialized doesn't give up on this bike. If they do, go out and find a used one. It's worth the ride.

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4.0

Tri-Cross Specialzed

By Andy

from Mclean Va

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Pros

  • Handles Well Off-road
  • Lightweight
  • Great Components
  • Durable
  • Dependable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pavement
    • Cycle Cross Racing
    • Commuting
    • Off-Road

    Comments:

    When I was looking for a bike I wanted to make sure that I get a bike that was good for me since I was going to spend some money. I looked at many bike and test many and I tried the Tri-cross and I liked it and I did not buy it right away and came back about 3 weeks and Bought it. I really do like the Bike and I am 47 years old and most of the time it has been on pavement and I have taken it on Dirt trail and it handle great. Never taken it in the rain but I am sure it would do well. It show well too. Some people come up to me and talk about it. The only thing I would do different is to get the right size I think It may be to big in size. I like how you can take off the front wheel so easy. Gears and Breaks and frame are good for me. Sometime when I am on the trail and some of these people that have expensive Bikes and they will blow by me makes me think what the hell are they thinking and then I start to push it and catch up to them and Than I say On your Left and than I pass them and they look at me like what the hell and That is when I say I have the best bike for me.

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    5.0

    Old Man Abuses Bike

    By John

    from New Milford, NJ

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Great Components
    • Lightweight
    • Handles Well Off-road

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Off-Road
      • Commuting
      • Pavement

      Comments:

      I am 57 years old. I ride for two reasons, the health benifits, but most of all for the pure pleasure of it. It makes me feel like a kid again. I purchased a 2009 Tricross Comp Double in August 2008. Prior to this I rode a comfort bike. It was slow and plodding. When I first got on my Tricross I felt like I was on greased lighting. I weigh 200+ lbs. and ride on pavement, loose gravel, bike paths, dirt trails. I average 60 to 80 miles per week, Spring, Summer, and Fall. I pound this bike. It takes a lot of abuse. I ride over rocks, roots, curbs, and in the mud. It handles beautifully in traffic. It shifts smoothly and breaks well. It keeps on riding smooth with almost no maintenance. Just rinse it off, oil the chain, and a annual check up at the bike shop where I bought it. I absolutely love the bike. It has almost the speed of a road racer and the durability of a mountain bike. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good all-around bicycle.

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      5.0

      Perfect Bike for Cruising Back Roads

      By Dave N.

      from Clarkston, MI

      About Me Avid Cyclist

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      Pros

      • Great Components
      • Handles Well Off-road
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Off-Road
        • Pavement
        • Commuting
        • Cycle Cross Racing

        Comments:

        I needed a lighter bike than my full suspension mountain bike for riding dirt back roads. The Tricross Comp is perfect. I'm 50% faster and now understand what it means to "attack" hills. I'm an older guy and the more upright position is more comfortable than conventional road bikes. I need to stop typing and go riding...

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bike

        By Jimmygster

        from Edmonton, Canada

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        Pros

        • Great Components
        • Lightweight
        • Durable
        • Handles Well Off-road

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Pavement
          • Off-Road
          • Cycle Cross Racing

          Comments:

          2008 with cantilever brakes. More than 10,000 kms in 14 months. I bought this bike as my commuter. I commute year round in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and winters can be harsh!!! I planned on using my "beater" Giant Iguana Disc for winter, but loved the TriCross Comp so much I just kept on riding through a very tough winter. When the Giant was stolen it was no big deal to me. This bike took a real beating over the winter, where my daily commute often took me over paths that were never cleared. Everything stiffens up at about -30C, but I still rode it, even at -40C when even in the granny gears it feels like riding up a steep hill. I'm amazed the wheels made it through, even when the pounding made it feel like I'd lose a filling or two. I never needed my second set I bought. When I got it tuned up after a year and the wheelbuilder checked the wheels they were fine. I got the TriCross rack set on a whim, and everybody loves it. I never use the front rack (except the bottle opener), but it looks so cool even the bike snobs at the racing bike shop I take it to for maintenance think it's great. It's a big bike (61), I'm a big guy (200 lbs - down from 220), and I do experience the front brake shudder others have mentioned. I thought it was the bike until I went to the Cyclocross Nationals, and saw all of the big bikes/riders from all brands (Scott, Ridley, Colnago, etc) had the same thing. I've learned the sweet spot to control it, and proper brake setup makes a big difference. Great bike!!!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great all-around bike

          By Kumar

          from Conyers, GA

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          Pros

          • Handles Well Off-road
          • Great Components
          • Lightweight
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Pavement
            • Cycle Cross Racing

            Comments:

            Used for commuting, training and the occassional cross race. Relatively light and bomb proof. I hate a weak finnicky bike that I need to tweak constantly. The only thing I would change is the saddle. Normally I like the BG saddles, but for some reason this one doesn't feel very good, otherwise this is a really good bike and well thought out from top to bottom.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for commuting

            By Tunes77

            from Gig Harbor, WA

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            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Great Components
            • Handles Well Off-road
            • Durable
            • Bell
            • Brake Levers

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Off-Road
              • Pavement
              • Cycle Cross Racing
              • Commuting

              Comments:

              I got it to commute, to hang some racks on but still have a lightweight bike but one that could go on good and bad roads, and the occasional gravel path. I swapped out the tires for some all-condition armadillos and got the tricross rack set. I love the bike, I was worried that not having a triple would make climbing tough, but the compact gearing seems to be wide range enough. Love the look with the Tricross racks, and the bell is incredibly handy for path riding. I wish it came with lights and fenders, to make it ultimate high speed comuter. Having the extra brake levers is great, and really helps with safety I think.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              great all around non-road racing bike

              By Badger

              from Idaho

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Handles Well Off-road
              • Durable
              • Great Components
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • stock tires

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Off-Road
              • Cycle Cross Racing
              • Pavement

              Comments:

              Brakes great under wet, dry, sandy conditions; lightweight, responsive frame with carbon in all the right places to damper vibration. Stock tires wore out at 500 miles, mostly pavement; The other bike I was looking at was the Trek Portland and choose this one because I would not have to add brakes to the cross bar. Handles hills well; pavement, crushed stone, brick roads, and sandy muddy conditions. Shifting is very smooth.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AWESOME - Great option for Commuters

              By Connie

              from Palo Alto/Stanford

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Great Components
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Handles Well Off-road

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Cycle Cross Racing

                Comments:

                This bike is so versatile - I don't know why more commuters don't use it. It's durable enough for commuting, handles panniers, lights and other "gear" with ease, is lightweight and handles like a "roadie". On the other hand, if you have a short-cut trail you want to use - or if you hit some dirt or gravel, not to worry. The bike is built to take a beating, and can be raced through the most difficult cyclocross courses. While I'm not a cross racer, this bike gives me the confidence that I need for regular commuting through various terrains and bumpy roads. It's a great option and I don't think it could disappoint. And I like the fact that I have two sets of brake levers - so I can apply light braking from the levers on the handlebars. The brakes are VERY sensitive, and take some getting used to, but are very responsive.

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                5.0

                Rider - 55 Yrs Old - Loves His Sport Ver

                By Curtie

                from Keene, NH

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Handles Well Off-road
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Pavement
                  • Dirt roads, Rough Pavemen
                  • Commuting

                  Comments:

                  I have owned the cheaper Sport version for five months. Have had no problems whatsoever - not even significant cable stretch. Rides very predicatbly over rough (under construction/scarified) pavement, medium coase dirt roads. 6'2" 220 lbs. XL frame is perfect, bullet-proof double rims - hard hits, no warps. Surprisely quick/responsive with 100 PSI tires, yet just the right shock absorption to be enjoyable for rec riding. In hindsight, might have gone for the Comp model for ugraded 105 shifting and cassette - haven't tried. Looking to mount paniers. Question if bottom bottle mount will be a problem with derailer cable now running directly over mounting screws.

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