What are they thinking in Wisconsin? BLUE,BLUE, & BLUE!!!!!!!!! Ya got no Blue. Whatever bike you buy, everything has got to be what you want, especially the color!! ITS LIKE BUYING A SPORTS CAR. YOU JUST DON'T PICK THE ONE THAT'S ON THE LOT! IF YOU PLUNK DOWN THAT MUCH DOUGH, YA DARN WELL BETTER GET WHAT YOU WANT, WHEEL SIZE, FRAME MATERIAL, POWER RATIO, SHIFTERS, DERAILLEURS, SEAT TYPE, ETC. . . .ONCE AGAIN BLUE!
This bike was bought for road riding where roads are dirt or very rough and also for around town and light touring. I bought the Crossrip LTD (2014) with the 105 group set and Tektro HYRD hydraulic over cable disc brakes.
I have only put about 250km on the bike so far, for which it has been used mainly on roads, paths and a few rail trails and paddock crossings (no touring yet).
The ride is very smooth and comfortable with a very relaxed geometry compared to a road bike. The wheelbase is quite long with quite a long top tube so be careful with sizing - I had to get a size smaller compared to my road bike because of this (56cm for my Cannondale roadie compared to a 54cm Crossrip). The head tube is a bit higher off the ground and the fork has a noticeably larger rake than a road bike too so the fact that you are sitting higher and further back is reasonably apparent.
The 105 drive train is quiet, smooth and shifts effortlessly. The gearing is lower than a road bike (smaller chain rings and larger sprockets on the cluster) so if you are planning to tag along on a bunch ride with some road bikes, you will be on the bottom of the cluster quite a bit.
The Tektro HYRD brakes are smooth and efficient with the extra brake levers on the top position of the handlebars being extremely helpful when riding over any rough stuff and even more so when descending over a rough or loose surface. The downside of the extra levers being that, if you carry a handlebar mounted bag, there won't be room for it.
The tyres do an admirable job in the dirt and on the road. Keep in mind that they only inflate to 80psi so don't expect road bike speed from them. At the other end of the spectrum, they require a minimum of 60psi so don't expect the kind of forgiveness you get from a MTB tyre. They are (as advertised) somewhere in the middle of the two.
It has a bit more weight than a road bike but that's to be expected with everything from the frame to the tyres and rims being beefed up to take the knocks it was designed to take.
Aesthetically, it looks fantastic with the polished alloy frame and contrasting hubs and fork giving it a hand built look.
I expect that this bike will stay in my collection for many years to come.
This bike (2013 Trek CrossRip Elite) was purchased to handle potholes, speed bumps, incidental mud and gravel--and to handle routine cargo. On that account the bike has been a success. I've put a couple of thousand miles on it, and the rims are still true and the spokes are still as tight as when it left the show room.
I really like the Bontrager H5 tires, because they are absolutely sure-footed on bad pavement. I don't make a practice of riding in the rain, so no comment there. When they go, I might prefer going from 32's down to 28's, because they are not particularly fast.
The frame is 58cm, and feels generous even though I'm almost 6'-2". With the seat post run out pretty high, and riding in the drops, and the stem set low, the ride is not harsh. I've changed over to Ritchie Biomax bars, so my hand position is somewhat more vertical than with the stock bars. I'm also trying out a Selle SMP Pro saddle, instead of the plain vanilla Bonty.
The handling is relaxed, which suits my non-aggressive riding style. It gets a little twitchy with a big load in the panniers, and for just hauling some tools, a lock, and wallet and cell phone, it rides a lot nicer using a handlebar bag.
The Sora 9-speed drivetrain is fair. It's starting to get a little balky, jumping cogs under load, but I think it is more about cable routing and adjusters--I already stripped out the cheesy plastic cable adjuster for the front derailleur.
The brakes are a disappointment. They require an unusual amount of hand pressure--much more than feels secure. plus, they tend to rumble, particularly the front.
All in all, I like riding it, particularly without panniers. On the other hand, I might have been just as happy with a Cross Check or something else, for less money. If the premium I paid was for disc brakes, then it was not worth it.