|Frame||Trek 100 Alpha Series aluminum|
|Hubs||Front: Formula; Rear: Shimano|
|Tires||Bontrager H5, 700 x 32c|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Claris|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Claris|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM PG-830, 8-speed: 11-28|
|Shifters||Shimano Claris STI|
|Handlebars||Bontrager SSR VR-S|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager Gel Cork|
|Stem||Bontrager Blendr Elite|
|Brake Levers||Shimano w/Tektro bar-top levers|
|Brakes||Tektro Oryx cantilever|
|Pedals||Nylon platform w/aluminum cages|
|Saddle||Bontrager Evoke 1|
* Subject to change without notice.
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I absolutely love this bike for commuting to work. It's fun, beautiful, responsive, and can handle the sometimes icky, dirty, gravelly, glassy, wet streets of Jax.
Picked one up a few months ago. Was looking for a good commuter, weekend rider, and what I really want to try out, a little touring. Was poking around the actual touring bikes, but they seemed heavy and what's with the bar end shifters?? I stumbled across this bike and wha?? I was looking for disc brakes (ya, a no-no for a road bike. Yeah sure) and liked the mid handlebar extra brake levers (actually use them. Mainly for stopping on a hill, like at a light). I also wanted the rack mounts AND the fender support (another no-no for roadies, well, in SoCal anyway). Also the bike is, how would I say it, VERY pretty. The matte black and internal cables and the red anodized aluminum touches...like I said, pretty. I loaded the bike up with a rear rack, paniers and some removable fenders (it WILL rain someday where I may be touring!) I am a social, stop and smell the roses kind of rider, and I really love this bike! (Soon will be doing a one night, bike overnight - tent, sleeping bag, mat, stove, etc. A first of many I hope.) Oh yeah, don't mind the shifters. Like the thumb switch! So what that they are low end, thing shifts when I want it to! Funny I had to special order it. SoCal riders apparantly like to wear spandex and go FAST! (Uhm as you guessed it, I do neither!)
This is a great bike for anyone would like a quick road bike that's not afraid of gravel. I have a 32km roundtrip daily commute during the week but on the weekends I enjoy singletrack / trail riding. This bike enjoys both. I especially like the laid back geometry of the frame, the head & top tube have a relaxed rake which makes the bike feel very stable, unlike most road bikes that I find feel nervous in the front end. The component spec is entry level but if you keep on top of the adjustments there is no problem. I will probably upgrade to BB7 calipers, the BB5's have limited adjustability. Some reviews have bashed the button / lever shifters but I don't have a problem with it. For what I need, the CrossRip makes it happen.
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