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  • spesh
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    Considered a Planet-X Uncle John or Kaffenback ? They do cyclescheme as well 🙂

    Premier Icon feenster
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    I got a roadrat complete and added some of stuff to it, all on cyclescheme. You could either get the complete bike and tweak it, or get a custom build based on the frame. Either way, find one of cotics dealers that do cyclescheme and take it from there, you'll be able to do it on cyclescheme.

    Total cost of this build was roughly £800, which I then cycleschemed.

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    Is there a reason not to get the Tricross?

    They are fugly 😆

    Seriously, I like spesh bikes a lot, but the Tricross in that brown is hideous.

    [stuck record]How about a Genesis vapour[/stuck record]

    i bought a tricross comp @ 899 in the sales for my c2w.
    proper good bike.
    unfortunately mine came with linear pulls that restricted guard fitment but spec uk sent me free canti's to fit instead.
    i dont think the tricross sport comes with the carbon stays or zertz tho, and these really do comfort out the ride ime.

    HeathenWoods
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    Trying to make a decision but failing miserably. I'm looking for a not too pricey (c.£700) all round cross/'free road' (someone kill Specialized's marketing department forthat) bike and it seems to come down to the Jake/Tricross. The Tricross has sorted the brake judder problem with a fork mounted cable hanger which seemed it's only flaw… Given that I can't get a cyclescheme friendly steel framed alternative. Is there a reason not to get the Tricross?

    fauxbyfour
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    Am doing a bit of research myself and have only heard bad things about jakes. The Scott Addict looks the biz.

    elliptic
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    have only heard bad things about jakes

    …specifically?

    Jakes are awesome. I trail ride on mine, stick slicks on and pretend it's a road bike (have done a couple of centuries on it),and have loaded it up and cycled the length of Ireland with camping gear.

    Mine aint a standard build but its nothing fancy, they are just good do anything bikes. I might even try a cross race on it one day, maybe.

    There you go you have heard something good now.

    yoda
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    My major jake was awesome! Just sold it this week. Have done trail centres on it(Grizedale,Gisburn etc) Skiddaw, Coniston and the three peaks a couple of times.It's pretty light and never let me down.

    Coleman
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    Sorry another Giant TCX – just learnt how to post piccies, so any excuse at the moment.

    elliptic
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    Liking those colour schemes. 🙂

    How do TCXs size up? I'm 5'6" and normal-shaped, does that make me small or medium?

    Coleman
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    elliptic –

    I'm 5' 11" and ride a 51.5cm [medium] with top tube 55.5.
    The small is 49cm with a 53.5 top tube and extra small 46cm with a 52 top tube.

    elliptic
    Member

    Okay – so I'm likely to want a small then.

    […saunters away nonchalantly to check bank balance…]

    youngj1
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    fiveT

    What about the Kinesis crosslight FiveT?

    But it is a bit above your budget, but I have found it very comfortable….

    HeathenWoods
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    Thanks for the words of advice.

    I'd written the Giant TCX because I thought it was more race-specific than all-rounders like the Tricross/Jake. I'm happy to hear otherwise.

    Cotic/Planet X? I know P-X will post and I didn't even know you could get a Roadrat as a build so that's mixed news. Good news in that the Roadrat and Kaffenback are both up my street, bad news as even *more* indecision enters the mix…

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    Okay – so I'm likely to want a small then.

    I would highly recommend slinging your leg over one. The compact geometry of the Giants can fool you if you aren't careful.
    I've got (relatively) short legs and long torso (yes my knuckles do drag on the floor sometimes 🙂 ), but at 5' 10" I assumed a medium would be a good fit. It isn't, I need a large.

    Oh and what about a Ragley?

    HeathenWoods
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    Bloody hell, that FiveT is nice. The trouble is that with 3 children, 2 with birthdays looming, Christmas coming and so on my budget is pretty strict!

    Coleman
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    Heathenwoods –
    Yes you are right the Giants are more race oriented with sharp geometry {72 head & 73 seat tube angles], although the TCX 2 does come with mudguard eyelets – same frame but alloy forks.

    fauxbyfour
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    specifically I have heard that jakes have a 'difficult' geometry to race with and can be twitchy, not as a tourer. still rate the scott addict!

    JoB
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    "jakes have a 'difficult' geometry to race with and can be twitchy"

    tosh, and pish

    karnali
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    dolan cross bike 650 full tiagra group and devent wheels, contact then direct, google dolan for a contact web address i thinkits italian solutions or something similar. full guard and rack points really enjoying mine. they also do a samller frame than listed on their site. When i was looking there wass nothing near it for spec at that price

    elliptic
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    still rate the scott addict!

    I'm sure they're nice bikes, but they cost three or four times what the OP wants to spend 🙄

    HeathenWoods
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    The Dolan looks good but… I've emailed my lbs to see what price they can do a geared dropbar roadrat for. I'm quite tempted by a kaffenback too – lots of ultegra and no marmite fork (which i have to admit i'm not sure about yet, i'll see what my lbs can come up with).

    Not much tyre clearance on a kaffenback if you want to run proper cross tyres

    Bianchi-Boy
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    Why not get a cross bike?

    ;0)

    BB

    druidh
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    Marin Lombard for £750 or a Toscana for £999. You even get proper brakes.

    trail_rat
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    the tcx is harsh as fook out back

    ive done 4000km on a jake with panniers and raced off road on it …. awesome bike and far exceeds in the ride quality side of things compared my current specialized tricross….

    jake was just a nicer bike to ride !

    HeathenWoods
    Member

    trail_rat, thank you for the direct comparison!

    I like the look of the Marin bikes but the Lombard's the one in my price range and I think the sacrifice I make for the brakes are 2300 throughout and no-name hubs, headset etc.

    We'll see what my lbs can do with a roadrat build but I'm starting to edge towards the Jake. I've missed having a Kona since I sold my Kaboom so for old times' sake…

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