1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Specialized Tricross for LEJog?

Discussion in 'Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG)' started by memoman, 31 Jan 2012.

  1. memoman

    memoman Active Member

    Location:
    Tiverton, Devon
    I've been offered this bike for a very reasonable price. Question is, do you think it can do LEJog?

    Thanks
  2. aberal

    aberal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Midlothian
    Advert
    Certainly. Needs road tyres though.
  3. Norm

    Norm Guest

    It's the closest that Specialized do to a tourer. Given the size of Spesh, if they think it's good enough to fill that space, I'd be happy to say yes to that question. :thumbsup:
  4. memoman

    memoman Active Member

    Location:
    Tiverton, Devon
    It's got brand new Marathon Plus's fitted.
  5. memoman

    memoman Active Member

    Location:
    Tiverton, Devon
    Sorry missed something out. We're doing it unsupported. Do you think it'll still be up to it?
  6. wintonbina

    wintonbina Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bournemouth
    Yes to the bike doing it. Don't know about you to pass comment ^_^but if you can master the bloody hills of Tiverton then you will find it a doddle(ish)! Tony
  7. memoman

    memoman Active Member

    Location:
    Tiverton, Devon
    :biggrin: Thanks for your comments. Will try and snap it up asap!
  8. theloafer

    theloafer Veteran

    Location:
    newton aycliffe
    lejog can be done on any bike ..:whistle: i just prefer my full blown caygill tourer get the gearing right and your half way there
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I know someone who did LEJoG on a Carrera Subway. So yes.
  10. donnieban

    donnieban Active Member

    Location:
    Isle of Skye
    Tricross was suggested to me(for LEJOG) by several LBS. Robust, low geared and rack compatible and able to mix it with the best of them.
  11. doog

    doog Über Member

    did you buy it? I have a Tricross and have a done a few tours including Spain back to the UK fully loaded. The only upgrade I would recommend is the wheels if its still on the stock wheels ( or at least just the rear wheel if you are on a budget)
  12. donnieban

    donnieban Active Member

    Location:
    Isle of Skye
    I was all set to buy till my employer pulled out of the cycle scheme......
    Ended up buying a 2 year old TREK 520 tourer which seems good but will end up replacing the wheels n drivetrain, out of preference - so almost back to square 1.
  13. gary in derby

    gary in derby Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Derby
    can you enlighten me as to why a change of wheels?
  14. doog

    doog Über Member

    Its unlikely the stock wheels on a Tricross will be suitable for a fully loaded tour. Mine certainly weren't (cheap32 spoke Alex rims). At the very least replace the rear with something stronger, hand made and with 36 spokes.
  15. david1701

    david1701 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bude, Cornwall
    The man has a point if you're carrying a lot of weight, I've kicked mine out of true twice, admittedly both on twisty coastal single track and once with a rack bag over :tongue: but still a weak spot
  16. suffolkcindy

    suffolkcindy Active Member

    YES yes and yes...my specilized tricross just did 4000km unsupported round SE Asia on rough roads with size 32 Panaracer pasela tourguard tyres (no punctures). It was brilliant BUT the brakes are useless so I would suggest changing the brake pads for something more substantial. Apart from that, it is ready to roll....
    Hawk likes this.
  17. suffolkcindy

    suffolkcindy Active Member

    I wouldnt sweat the wheels issue for LEJOG, just be sensible on the weight you are carrying. Tricross wheels are guaranteed for up to 185kg (you plus baggage) so unless you are seriously overweight and carrying your kitchen sink in your panniers you will be OK on tarmac for a couple of weeks. I carried myself and 10kg (I tour light) for months and months over really rough terrain (its a cyclocross bike). If you were setting off round the world I would agree changing the wheels would be advisable. I am saving up to do just that.
  18. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Is the tricross a heavy bike? Debating getting this over a out an out road bike such as the allez elite or defy 2.
    My thinking being to put fulcrum 7 wheels and a 28c tyre on over the summer and originals in the winter.
    Any thoughts?


    Sent by iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It's significantly lighter than my Spesh hybrid so no, it's not heavy.
  20. Norm

    Norm Guest

    How tall are you? You can come and try mine out, although I know that Stows have the 2012 model of both the Tricross and the Allez.