Trek Crossrip +

Commutes Are Faster and Less Sweaty on the Speedy Trek CrossRip+

This full-featured commuter offers road-bike handling and a boost up to 28mph

Price: $4,200 Weight: 40 lb. (52cm) Class: Type 3 Motor: Bosch Performance Speed 350 watt/63 Nm Battery capacity: 500 Wh Frame material: Aluminum Drivetrain: SRAM Force1 1x11, cable actuated Brakes: SRAM Force hydraulic disc Wheel size: 700c The right bike for: Riders who want a road-bike experience and a faster commute

If you’re not ready to drop $4,200 on a new e-bike, don’t ride Trek ’s CrossRip+. Because if you do, forget it: You’ll drop the plastic at the register faster than you can say “63 Newton-meters of torque.” If you’re a red-blooded cyclist, you’ll become addicted to this utilitarian road e-bike and its smooth and torquey Bosch motor that boosts you up to the 28mph cutoff speed.

With a drop bar, traditional road-riding position, and road-bike-like handling, the CrossRip+ will feel more natural to an experienced cyclist than it will a newbie. Those position and handling qualities also make the CrossRip+ more suited to longer rides on mixed terrain than for battling the tight confines of a dense city .

Trek Crossrip +

A rear rack—designed for mounting bags, not for the direct attachment of cargo —slickly integrated lights, full-coverage fenders, and a kickstand are included, so you’re just a set of bags (and maybe a bell) away from giving up the car for many of your commutes and errands. The stock 38mm-wide tires feature toughened sidewalls to help protect against flats, and do smooth the ride a bit. But this bike’s frame is stout, and this is a fast bike, so you’re going to hit things hard, and the ride can be jarring at times.

The CrossRip+ makes a lot sense when you ride it. It’s full featured and very utilitarian, and makes “ugh” trips easy .

Trek Crossrip +

Front and rear LED lights are integrated into the frame.

Trek Crossrip +

Full Featured

Aluminum fenders and reflective sidewall tires are standard.

Trek Crossrip +

A sturdy kickstand is included when you buy a CrossRip+.

Trek Crossrip +

Stopping Power

The speedy CrossRip+ has powerful hydraulic disc brakes.

Trek Crossrip +

Shaped to Match

Tube shaping helps the external battery look more integrated.

The CrossRip Family

There’s one CrossRip+, and its offered in one build.

The frame is aluminum, with quick-release dropouts, an integrated (and removable) rear rack, a water-bottle mount on the down tube, fender mounts, and a kickstand, which is attached at the rear dropout. The fork features an aluminum steerer, carbon legs, and thru-axle dropouts.

A Bosch Performance Speed mid-drive motor provides assist up to 28mph, making this bike a class three/speed bike. An externally mounted Bosch 500 watt hour battery—currently the largest the company offers—powers the Crossrip+’s motor and lights. Like any e-bike, range varies wildly depending on the level of assist, terrain, and other factors, but you can expect 20 to 100 miles between charges. The battery may be charged in the bike, or removed for charging. A keyed lock secures the battery to the frame.

The Bosch Purion controller and display is compact and has a backlit, monochrome screen. It provides speed and distance info, current mode, battery charge, and estimated range. From it you can control the assist level, as well as the light mode.

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The CrossRip+’s drivetrain is SRAM Force1 1x11 with a wide-range 11-42t cassette. Stopping is managed by SRAM’s Force hydraulic disc brakes. The rest of the build comes from Bontrager and includes a tubeless-ready wheelset, 38mm tires with flat-resistant casing and reflective sidewalls (the tires are not tubeless ready), and aluminum seatpost, stem, and handlebar. Bontrager’s IsoZone padding under the bar tape provides a bit of extra shock absorption.

Integrated front and rear LED lights, full-coverage aluminum fenders with mud flaps, a kickstand, and a rear pannier carrier are stock. Note the rear structure isn’t a rack—it doesn’t have a platform to carry a box or a grocery bag—but rather a platform for attaching a pannier or pannier system.

Trek Crossrip +

If you like the CrossRip+’s platform, but aren’t looking for an e-bike, Trek offers three CrossRip models from $1,070 to $1,890. All these bikes feature wide-range 2x drivetrains and disc brakes, however, they do not come standard (though they can be fitted with them) with fenders, rack, lights, or kickstand like the CrossRip+.

Endurance Road Geometry

The CrossRip+’s geometry is similar to that of an endurance road bike: sporty and a little upright.

Trek Crossrip+ geometry

Getting down into finer details, the 49cm and 52cm Crossrip+’s chainstays are 435mm, which is in the ballpark for a endurance bike that can take pretty big tires, but then jump to a whopping 472mm on the largest sizes (55, 58, 61cm). That’s part of the reason there’s an almost 50mm jump in wheelbase (1,037mm to 1,085mm) between the 52cm and 55cm, despite those sizes sharing the same reach (387mm). If you happen to be in the 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 range, you could probably ride either size and would get to choose if you want a shorter wheelbase for a more lively ride, or a longer one for more stability (note the stack difference: 560mm versus 579mm).

Ride Impressions

The CrossRip+’s riding position, handling, and overall experience is similar to a road bike. Experienced road cyclists will adapt easily to the CrossRip+ and will quickly fall in love with the speed and the sensation of floating up hills offered by the smooth Bosch motor.

But it was the multi-surface/multi-condition/long-distance versatility that makes the CrossRip+ such a special e-bike. The combination of wide and tough 38mm tires, a drop bar, near-road-bike handling, and the strong push of the Bosch motor make for a bike that lets the rider take the shortest or most fun route without always having to stick to paved roads. And the full-coverage fenders and excellent SRAM disc brakes make this a four-season, all-weather e-bike and killer commuter.

For longer and mixed-surface rides, the drop bar was quite functional. Not only could I change hand positions for comfort, but I could also get low at higher speeds (improving the rider’s aerodynamic profile will increase range). Riders can also switch to a more confidence-inspiring position for dirt paths and trails.

Trek Crossrip +

One thing that experienced cyclists might find a bit frustrating to adapt to is getting in sync with the motor when riding out of the saddle, “It’s very difficult to get the motor surge timed to your pedal stroke,” said one tester. Most e-bike motors provide their best experience when the rider is seated and pedals with a high, consistent cadence, so this isn’t a knock against the CrossRip+ specifically. But the CrossRip+ is so suited to longer and varied rides that it’s inevitable that the rider will be doing standing climbing with it, which magnifies the motor’s shortcoming in this situation.

With so many things affecting an e-bike’s power consumption, it’s hard to give a precise number for the CrossRip+’s range. But here’s what one of our testers got when he used the CrossRip+ for a 29-mile (each way) commute with about 1,800 feet of climbing.

If he used Eco mode exclusively, and was careful, he could do the round trip on one charge. But if he wanted to get there faster, he could use Sport mode with a bit of Turbo for the hills. He’d use the entire charge for one half of his commute, and need to recharge at work before riding home. In the latter case, he averaged 18mph, and the ride took about an hour and 40 minutes.

If you think one half of your commute will use more than one half of your charge, note that the Bosch battery charger is clunky, so you’re not going to want to carry it with you every day. A standard charger will cost you about $190, and will recharge the CrossRip+’s battery in about four and a half hours.

The front and rear lighting is well integrated, and kicks out decent light. However, if you’re planning to do serious nighttime commuting, you’ll probably want to supplement the integrated headlight with secondary unit.

We weren’t thrilled to discover the CrossRip+’s rear rack isn’t really a rack—there’s no platform, so there’s no way to carry anything—but rather a structure for mounting panniers, so be prepared for an additional investment if you want to carry anything on the bike. If you prefer to wear a backpack, the structure can be removed and the rear light relocated into the frame.

Trek Crossrip +

The CrossRip+ handles well, though its handling is better suited to open roads and higher speeds and less toward salmoning through mid-city rush-hour traffic. The big tires and padding under the bar tape do help smooth the ride, but the CrossRip’s overall ride certainly is firm, and occasionally jarring. At least some of this is because the CrossRip+ is so fast that you’re hitting a lot of bumps faster and harder than you would on an unpowered bike.

The CrossRip+ is a versatile multi-surface bike with the power, speed, handling, and riding position that make it an excellent choice for long and fast commutes, as well as longer, assisted pleasure bike rides.

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Trek CrossRip 1 review

Does this Trek rip it up and start again?

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Tough, practical and comfortable with well-considered kit

Not that light, and the gearing won’t suit big-time adventurers

crossrip trek review

Trek flags its CrossRip range as for ‘workday commute to weekend adventure’, a machine for ‘any surface, any weather, any ride’. Yikes, that’s quite a lot to live up to. We tested the least expensive in the three-bike range, the CrossRip 1 with Sora shifters and mechanical disc brakes. If you’ve got the cash to splash, the range is topped by the £1650 (approx. US$2050, AU$2790) CrossRip 3, complete with Shimano 105 and hydraulic discs.

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The geometry is typically touring-/commuting-/gravel-friendly, with even the smallest model having a wheelbase well over a metre long, and much shallower head-tube angles than a typical road bike, all of which serves to slow down the handling. And though the top-tube is longer than some rival machines, the result is still a reasonably upright and back-friendly ride.

At first glance the gearing looks like a typical compact chainset with a wide-ranging 11-32 cassette, but the chainset is actually a 48/32. The result is an interesting and practical gearing choice one for a generally urban-focused machine, and is well suited to day-to-day riding and commuting.

The cables for the derailleurs are routed internally

You might be reaching for lower gears if you’re thinking of selling up and riding around the world, but for most topography it’s more than adequate.

The tyres, too, should prove fine for most of the riding this bike is likely to encounter. The 32mm width of the Bontrager H5 all-rounders offers a good balance of comfort and protection without adding too much weight. They’re fine for poor tarmac, mixed surfaces and forays on to dirt and gravel, and Trek has also gone down the tubeless-ready rim route.

One feature that we really appreciate on the Trek, and something we think more commuter bikes should have, is its cross-top – or ‘in-line’ – brake levers. These are designed to work with a traditional drop bar, giving you a secondary braking position riding on the tops.

One thing we really appreciate on the Trek are the in-line, cyclo-cross-style, brakes

Unlike those spindly 1970s’ style ‘suicide levers’ these actually work, giving you the same amount of braking power as the levers on the drops. The narrower handhold means they’re not ideal for high-speed braking, and there are real estate implications on fitting lights, GPS and computers, but these are great for any riding that’s not heads-down, heart-pumping hard, particularly in city streets.

The rest of the Trek’s kit is pretty similar to other rival bikes at this price point. Shimano’s 9-speed Sora does its usual solid no-nonsense job, even if it lacks the smoothness of Shimano’s 10- and 11-speed offerings. The brakes are TRP Spyres, which offer plenty of power and control whatever the weather, and are some of the best non-hydraulic stoppers out there.

Functional welding but the frame comes with a full range of rack fittings

If your riding doesn’t encompass anything competitive and you’re not looking for an expedition-type tourer, Trek’s CrossRip bikes could be your friend.

The CrossRip 1 is snappy enough for urban riding, and tough enough and comfortable enough for longer, more adventurous rides. It has fittings for racks and guards – and bags of clearance – and those extra brake levers come into their own in urban environments.

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Until its 2013 models were unveiled, American cycle behemoth Trek offered a dizzying array of commuter vehicles: dozens of bike types, from brash urban fixies to basketed shoppers. Yet, conspicuously, it hadn’t yet produced anything to fill one of the most successful iterations of the all-purpose bike to emerge in recent years: the drop-bar, disc-braked, multi-terrain machine.

That all changed last year when Trek’s UK arm chose to slim and streamline its range. Gone were the Dutch-style bikes, the singlespeeds and the electric cycles; in came the all-purpose CrossRip.

Although there’s a nod to its cyclo-cross roots in the bike’s name, Trek makes few bones about this being a much more everyday vehicle than a race bike. After all, it has two specialist cyclo-cross ranges already, the Cronus and the Ion. The CrossRip is less about racing and more about real life — one bike to do it all.

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There’s certainly plenty to recommend it for a variety of purposes. The fork and rear stays bear the full complement of drillings to accept any combination of mudguards and luggage racks, and the clearances are massive around the tyres to make sure it’ll accommodate your chosen rack-fender set-up.

Ridden ‘naked’, it’ll take 29x1.8in mountain bike tyres, Trek says, so you could turn it into a fairly capable mud-plugger too, if that’s more your thing. With skinnier rubber and a heavy-duty rack, it could work nicely as a tackle-anything, round-the-world touring machine, particularly as it has mechanical disc brakes for ultimate reassurance descending rough, mountainous roads with luggage piled up.

In fact, the brakes are just one part of the bike that demonstrates pleasing attention to detail: the front one is a common 160mm size, but at the back, where frankly you don’t need as much stopping power, the rotor is a mere 140mm. The Hayes CX is an unusual choice — compared to the more frequently specced Avid BB5 and BB7 road brakes — but they are neither twangy nor feeble in use on road or over rougher surfaces.

So the CrossRip feels adventure-ready, but if the ride to work is as wild as you get, it’s just as well prepped for you. Tellingly, the wheel skewers are Allen key bolt-type, rather than quick-release, providing much better theft protection. The dull grey paintwork is another nod to urban intentions, blending into the metropolis in an understated way. Less so the pretty anodised blue trim on ferrules and skewers, though, which always give a really trick finish and expensive sheen to any bike.

Trek CrossRip

Gearing on the CrossRip is Shimano’s new iteration of Sora, now with sensible STI levers instead of the thumb paddles of old. It’ll never have the finesse of the more expensive gearsets in this series — Tiagra and 105 — but it’s a perfectly functional nine-speed set-up. That said, on a £950 bike, this groupset seems a tad stingy. Sora is used because, we’d guess, the budget has been chewed up elsewhere, notably by the provision of internal cable routing. Unlike the anodised blue trimmings, this is not just about looks — it’s the ultimate protection for the cable inners, particularly on a machine like this, which might see some mucky trails.

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On our first outing on the CrossRip, the first thing we noticed was how large it felt and looked. Our test bike was the smallest size — 50cm — despite a pretty short little stem, yet for our 5ft 6in rider the CrossRip appeared both long and broad. A wide set of bars with padding below the tape are part of this beefy illusion, as are the 700x32c tyres, of course, but it’s also a long bike, which you can feel in its stability once rolling.

The ride isn’t especially cosseting or refined, but nor is it clattering or agricultural. The CrossRip feels like it is just getting on with the job of steamrollering you over the rough and smooth in a no-nonsense manner. There’s some sensation of road-drag as you pull away, which a smoother set of tyres would improve immeasurably — well worth it if you ride mostly on tarmac.

If you never tackle rough stuff, the CrossRip is more durability than you need. On the same budget, you could find a lighter, nippier road bike with a posher groupset that would meet your requirements. But if you have that niggling feeling that one day you might want to venture down the path less travelled or perhaps take that six-month two-wheeled jaunt overland to Mongolia, this multi-purpose steed feeds into those aspirations very nicely, while still being perfectly at home as your everyday ride.

Trek CrossRip


Trek CrossRip £950

Frameset 100 Series Alpha aluminium

Gears Shimano Sora

Chainset FSA Vero 50/34t

Brakes Hayes CX5 mechanical disc

Wheels Bontrager Nebula rims, Formula hubs

Tyres Bontrager H5 Hardcase Ultimate, 700x32c

Bar/stem Bontrager Race Lite/SSR

Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1

Seatpost Bontrager SSR

Size range 50, 54, 56, 58, 61cm

Weight 10.89kg

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Trek Crossrip Elite (2013)

Alpha 100 Aluminium is Trek's base material for making bikes but the Crossrip is nicely built and finished, with neat welds and an understated grey finish. We had the big 61cm bike which felt pretty rangy with a 60.8cm effective top tube. I could have happily ridden the 58cm (59.3cm ETT) too. The head angle is 72.5° on both those bikes, slackening to 71° in the smallest size, 50cm. The 20cm head tube doesn't sound that huge for what's a big bike but the carbon-bladed, alloy steerer fork is cyclocross length so that lifts the front of the bike too over what you'd expect from a road fit. The resulting position is comfort-oriented; the stem points down so you can flip that for an even higher front if you want but I already found myself as upright as I'd want to be. Cruising in the (fairly shallow) drops was comfortable for fairly long stints, and although the bike's more upright position isn't as aerodynamic, that's not really much of an issue.

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It's a chugger rather than a tight and twitchy ride, the Crossrip; think big diesel. That's not a criticism, it's simply the nature of the bike, happy to cruise along and take everything in its stride. It's not unresponsive when you stamp on the pedals or wrench the bars round, but it's happier when you take things at a steadier pace. The position and the feel of the bike is very reassuring and I'd be plenty happy doing long rides on the Crossrip, but I wouldn't be expecting to break any PBs.

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Is it a cyclocross bike? Well, not really. You can generally tell whether a company thinks a CX bike will actually be used for CX by checking the gearing and tyres; here we have a road compact chainset (an FSA Vero) and wide cassette, and Bontrager 32mm hardcase touring tyres. It's a bike for tarmac and hardpack, rather than lugging round a muddy field for an hour. You could; the geometry and build don't preclude it. But if you want to race, this isn't the best bike for your grand. Other touches mark this out as more of a town bike, for example the security-conscious skewers that open with an Allen key rather than a quick release, and the urban camouflage paint job.

So it's a disc-equipped commu-tourer then. And if you want a bike for a bit of everything but mostly commuting or all-weather miles, it's a good bet. The Crossrip is a very capable bike on the tarmac and it's perfectly happy heading onto unsurfaced paths too, with the unflappable Bontrager tyres shrugging off flints and thorns. We've checked them over and they've barely registered a scratch. The payoff for that is that they're a bit heavy and, sluggish on the blacktop, but if you're sticking to better surfaces you could swap them out for a lightweight set of 28s.

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Shifting-wise, new Sora is pretty good; certainly it's masses better than old Sora. There's one more ratio (nine instead of eight) which might please you but the real change is from thumbshift to proper Dual Control with the downshift behind the brake lever. It's much easier to use from multiple positions and it's a lighter action too. the engineering isn't quite up to the standard of the dearer groupsets (natch) so it's a bit clunky compared to 105 or Ultegra, but it's a big step forward.

At the back you get an 11-32 cassette; coupled with a 50/34 compact up front that's all the gears you're likely to need, unloaded at least. The Crossrip has rack mounts and, unusually for a carbon fork, low rider mounts too, so in theory you could fully load it up, but you'd want much lower gears than those specced for any heavy touring. It's a pity Trek don't offer a triple version for that extra versatility.

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Then there's the brakes. The brakes are really, really good. It's the first time I've tried a bike fitted with the Hayes CX-5 callipers and I think I might even prefer them to Avid BB7s. Heresy, I know. But these are great mechanical discs. They're a bit of a faff to get set up just so, but once they're up they're super: lots of power and great modulation. They squawked and squeaked a bit when they were brand new and after every hose down but once they're bedded in you just get the nice buzz of the rotor pattern on the pads, and masses of stopping power.

In the interests of science – and since it's a big debate we all seem to be having – I tried to cook them, dragging them down the longest of Bath's descents (a mile and a half) and hauling them on at the bottom. There was a bit of fade, especially when just using the back brake with its smaller 140mm rotor, but they never felt like you'd run out of anchors. The back one could do with a better quality cable outer that doesn't compress, but that's my only gripe really.

The excellent brakes mean going downhill on the Crossrip is a lot of fun, with the confidence that you'll be able to scrub off speed daring you to push a bit quicker. The bike's good at speed, stable and reassuring with the steering direct. Once you get to the bottom of the valley and have to hoik yourself up the other side it's a bike that favours a seated approach. Getting out of the saddle and stomping up climbs feels like hard work, and it's not too hard to eke some flex out of the FSA chainset. Spinning feels more efficient.

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Bontrager kit rarely warrants much of a mention at this level; suffice to say it does the job extremely well without showing off. The Race Lite Isozone handlebar is comfy in all positions and the SSR stem nice and stiff. The saddle was okay if a bit bulky, but it's easily swapped if it doesn't sit well with you.

The £950 RRP feels like a fair deal, rather than a bargain. You're getting new Sora and good discs on a nice frame and the bike as an overall package is well thought out and a nice ride. There's plenty of competition at this kind of money and the Crossrip Elite holds its own well.

Well put together, comfortable commu-tourer with solid spec and excellent brakes

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Make and model: Trek Crossrip Elite

Size tested: 61cm

About the bike

State the frame and fork material and method of construction. List the components used to build up the bike.

Frame: 100 Series Alpha Aluminium

Fork: Bontrager Satellite Plus, carbon disc w/lowrider mounts

Sizes: 50, 54, 56, 58, 61cm

Wheels: Formula aluminium disc hubs w/Bontrager Nebula Disc 32-hole rims

Tyres: Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, 700x32c

Shifters: Shimano Sora STI, 9 speed

Front derailleur: Shimano Sora

Rear derailleur: Shimano Sora

Crank: FSA Vero, 50/34 (compact)

Cassette: SRAM PG-950 11-32, 9 speed

Pedals: Wellgo track-style aluminium

Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 1

Seatpost: Bontrager SSR

Handlebar: Bontrager Race Lite IsoZone, aluminium, VR-CF, 31.8mm

Stem: Bontrager SSR, 10 degree

Headset: Cartridge bearings, sealed

Brakeset: Tektro aluminium levers w/ Hayes CX5 mechanical disc brakes, 160mm front, 140mm rear

Grips: Bontrager cork tape, IsoZone inserts

Extras: Mudguard & rack mounts

Tell us what the bike is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about the bike?

"The new drop-bar CrossRip is quick in traffic, sure-footed when the weather or pavement gets rough, comfortable over the long haul. Road bike? Cross bike? Commuter? Yes."

Well, at least two of the three

Frame and fork

Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork?

Urban stealth finish is fairly hardy, welds are tidy, graphics minimal

Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork?

Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork?

dual 72.5° angles, 60.8cm ETT, 20cm HT

How was the bike in terms of height and reach? How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size?

It was fine, I could probably have ridden the 58cm fine too

Riding the bike

Was the bike comfortable to ride? Tell us how you felt about the ride quality.

Very comfy, rangy and reasonably upright

Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

The platform is stiff enough, the crankset isn't the stiffest

How did the bike transfer power? Did it feel efficient?

Yes, most of the time

Was there any toe-clip overlap with the front wheel? If so, was it a problem?

How would you describe the steering? Was it lively, neutral or unresponsive? Neutral

Tell us some more about the handling. How did the bike feel overall? Did it do particular things well or badly?

Stable and predictable, sometimes a touch on the slow side

The drivetrain

Wheels and tyres, your summary.

Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes

Would you consider buying the bike? For a commuter, yes

Would you recommend the bike to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 7 /10

About the tester

Age: 40   Height: 190cm   Weight: 102kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...   My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex

I've been riding for: 10-20 years   I ride: Every day   I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

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Extremely comfortable bike, though not the fastest. Bought it a year ago and after 10.000km, almost 7.000 crossing Europe in four months from Tarifa (Cádiz, Spain) to North Cape (Norway), all I can say is good: good shifting, good brakes (although both will thank better cables and housings), pretty cheap, but strong wheels... Just the bottom bracket got somewhat hard to move (but still works) and the FSA cranks needed to be thightened every pair of weeks. It does perfect on asphalt, so on gravel and even stands light mountain biking. I'm planning to ride it on next year's Paris-Brest-Paris, maybe it will do good as a randonneur too. I'll tell you, guys.

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Bought this last week, and its a good bike; i agree that there are better value options out there, but one thing i have often found over the years is that a bike can look good on paper, but not be a very inspiring ride.

I've been pretty pleased with it - Sora is nowhere near as bad as i feared (i use Ultegra on my road bike, and have used last year's Sora with the button shifters on a friend's spesh allez and didn't like them one bit), shifts cleanly (as good as the tiagra i had a few years back), and no complaints. The ride is generally good, not the quickest, but spritely nonetheless, and will be when i stick some lighter tyres on.

For me the geometry was important, standover height was a factor (this is my weekend bike, so occasionally i have to stick kid's seat on the back, and can't physically get my leg over some cross bikes!), and the general scope of the bike fits perfectly for that role. Yes, i could've got a better cross bike elsewhere, a better value bike elsewhere, but the Trek just feels 'right', so i'd recommend.


neilysump wrote: as good as the tiagra i had a few years back

That looks bloody expensive, or poorly equipped for the price. Look around and there are £1000 Cross bikes come commuters with 105 levers and mechs.

The Merida Cyclo-cross 4-D has the same brakes and easily as good a frame and fork, but 105. It comes with cross tyres and cross crankset, but that's no big deal for commuting (a good shop will switch them for nothing), and it has all mudguard/rack mounts.

Otherwise, check out the Genesis CDF, with is about £850 £900, steel frame (more comfortable) and with Sora. Standard compact chainset and more rack/guard mounting options that you thought possible on such a bike.

joules1975 wrote: That looks bloody expensive, or poorly equipped for the price. Look around and there are £1000 Cross bikes come commuters with 105 levers and mechs. The Merida Cyclo-cross 4-D has the same brakes and easily as good a frame and fork, but 105. It comes with cross tyres and cross crankset, but that's no big deal for commuting (a good shop will switch them for nothing), and it has all mudguard/rack mounts. Otherwise, check out the Genesis CDF, with is about £850 £900, steel frame (more comfortable) and with Sora. Standard compact chainset and more rack/guard mounting options that you thought possible on such a bike.

Merida CC4:

Genesis CdF:

Interestingly John didn't get on with the Hayes CX5 discs on the Merida, although I reckon the quality (and simplicity) of the cabling is really important on a mech disc, so maybe Merida skimped a bit there to get the bike under the grand. Deffo good spec for the money though and some high-quality cables and outers would only add another £30, you could ditch the cross-top levers too if you wanted

I've looked at the Trek Cross Rip Elite but prefer the Whyte Charing Cross better Group Set (Tiagra)(and a better paint job :D)

Who gives a shit about Lance, they've got Canc!

That looks a great bike, and would make commuting much more enjoyable than the joyless lump I'm currently riding to work.


Maybe Trek will have to adjust their pricing scheme now that they can't charge more because they're buddies with Lance Armstrong.

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  • Tyres: Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, 700x32c
  • Shifters: Shimano Sora STI, 9 speed
  • Crank: FSA Vero, 50/34 (compact)
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-950 11-32, 9 speed
  • Pedals: Wellgo track-style alloy

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Trek Crossrip 2 (A Comprehensive Review)

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If you’re in the market for a versatile bike that can handle a variety of terrain, the Trek Crossrip 2 might be just what you’re looking for. This bike is designed to be a rugged commuter, but it can also handle gravel roads and light off-road riding. With its combination of value and performance, the Crossrip 2 hits the sweet spot in Trek’s Crossrip family.

Key Takeaways:

  • Versatile Terrain Handling : The Trek Crossrip 2 is designed to handle various terrains, including city streets, comfort, all-road, and light mountain biking.
  • Comfortable Riding Position : The bike’s riding position strikes a balance between comfort and speed, making it suitable for longer rides without fatigue.
  • Stable and Durable Frame : The 200 Series Alpha Aluminum frame with carbon fork provides stability and durability, absorbing shocks and vibrations on rough roads.
  • Shimano Components : Equipped with Shimano components, including a 2×10 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, ensuring reliable performance and smooth shifting.
  • Accessory Compatibility : The bike features rack and fender mounts, allowing easy addition of accessories for commuting and touring.
  • Tubeless-Ready : The tubeless-ready wheels and versatile tires enhance the bike’s performance, providing a smoother ride and better traction.
  • Positive Reviews and Pricing : The Trek Crossrip 2 has received positive reviews for its comfort, versatility, and value. Priced at $1359, it’s seen as a reasonably priced option with a rating of 4.8 out of 5 based on 64 reviews.

Trek Crossrip 2 Overview

If you are looking for a versatile bike that can handle city streets, comfort, all-road, and even some light mountain biking, the Trek Crossrip 2 is a great option to consider. This hybrid bike is designed to handle a variety of terrains and riding positions, making it a good choice for commuters, fitness enthusiasts, and weekend warriors alike.

One of the standout features of the Trek Crossrip 2 is its riding position. It strikes a balance between comfort and speed, allowing you to ride for longer periods without feeling fatigued. The bike’s geometry is also optimized for stability, which is especially important when navigating uneven terrain or making quick turns.

The Trek Crossrip 2 is built with a 200 Series Alpha Aluminum frame, which is both lightweight and durable. The bike also features a carbon fork, which helps to absorb shocks and vibrations on rough roads or trails. Additionally, the bike is equipped with Shimano components, including a 2×10 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes.

Other notable features of the Trek Crossrip 2 include:

  • Rack and fender mounts, which make it easy to add accessories for commuting or touring
  • Tubeless-ready wheels, which provide a smoother ride and reduce the risk of flats
  • Versatile tires that can handle a variety of terrains and conditions

Key Features

The Trek CrossRip 2 is a versatile all-road bike designed for riders who want a single bike for more than one kind of riding. It offers a range of features that make it a great choice for commuters and fitness enthusiasts alike.

One of the key features of the CrossRip 2 is its lightweight aluminum frame, which is designed to be both durable and comfortable. The frame is also equipped with internal cable routing, which helps to keep the cables out of sight and out of the way.

The CrossRip 2 is also designed with fender mounts and rack mounts, which make it easy to add accessories like fenders and racks for commuting and touring. Additionally, the bike is DuoTrap S compatible, which means you can track your data and map your miles with ease.

The CrossRip 2 is equipped with disc brakes, which provide reliable all-weather stopping power. The bike is also tubeless-ready, which means you can run lower tire pressure for a smoother ride and better traction.

Finally, the CrossRip 2 is available with mechanical disc brakes, which offer precise and consistent braking performance in all conditions. These brakes are easy to maintain and adjust, making them a great choice for riders who want a reliable and low-maintenance braking system.

Frame and Geometry

The Trek CrossRip 2 features a 200 Series Alpha Aluminum frameset with rack and fender mounts, internal cable routing, and inboard disc brake mount. The frame is designed to provide a comfortable and stable ride on various road surfaces, making it an excellent choice for commuting, touring, and adventure riding.

The carbon all-road disc fork with alloy steerer and lowrider mounts provides precise handling and absorbs road vibrations, making it easier to ride for longer periods. The frameset is also DuoTrap S compatible, allowing you to connect to a wireless sensor and track your progress on your smartphone or bike computer.

The CrossRip 2 has a geometry that strikes the perfect balance between comfort and performance. The 200 Series Alpha Aluminum frame is available in six sizes, ensuring that you can find the perfect fit for your body type. The stack and reach measurements for each size are as follows:

The geometry of the CrossRip 2 makes it an all-rounder that can handle a variety of riding styles. The bike’s relaxed head tube angle and long wheelbase provide stability and comfort on long rides. At the same time, the bike’s short chainstays and steep seat tube angle give it a responsive and lively feel when climbing or accelerating.

Components and Specifications

When it comes to components and specifications, the Trek CrossRip 2 is a well-designed and carefully crafted bike that is built to handle a variety of terrains and conditions. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key components and specifications of this impressive bike.

Frame and Fork

The Trek CrossRip 2 features a 200 Series Alpha Aluminum frame that is both lightweight and durable. The frame also includes rack and fender mounts, as well as internal cable routing, for a clean and streamlined look. The carbon all-road disc fork with alloy steerer and lowrider mounts provides excellent shock absorption and stability on rough terrain.

The CrossRip 2 is equipped with a Shimano Tiagra 2×10-speed drivetrain that delivers smooth and reliable shifting. The shifters are Shimano Tiagra RapidFire Plus, and the rear derailleur is Shimano Tiagra. The front derailleur is also Shimano Tiagra, ensuring that you can easily tackle any terrain.

The Trek CrossRip 2 features Tektro Mira mechanical disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power in all weather conditions. The brake levers are Tektro alloy, and the rotors are 160mm.

Wheels and Tires

The CrossRip 2 rolls on Bontrager Tubeless Ready Disc rims with 32 spokes. The front hub is a Bontrager alloy sealed bearing, and the rear hub is a Bontrager sealed bearing with an alloy axle. The tires are Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, measuring 700x32c, which provide excellent traction and durability on a variety of surfaces.

Other Components

Other components on the Trek CrossRip 2 include a Bontrager SSR seatpost, Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone handlebar, Bontrager Elite Blendr stem, Bontrager Satellite Plus grips, Bontrager inForm saddle, and nylon body pedals with alloy cage.

Additional Details

When it comes to buying a bike, the details matter. The Trek CrossRip 2 is no exception. Here are some additional details to consider before making your purchase.

The Trek CrossRip 2 is a lightweight bike weighing in at approximately 24.3 lbs (11 kg). This makes it easy to maneuver and transport, whether you are commuting or touring.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for the Trek CrossRip 2 is 300 lbs (136 kg). This means that the bike can accommodate a wide range of riders and gear without compromising performance.

The Trek CrossRip 2 comes in a range of sizes, including 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, and 61cm. It is important to choose the right size for your body to ensure comfort and optimal performance. Trek’s sizing chart can help you determine the best fit for you.

Wheelbase and Head Angle

The wheelbase of the Trek CrossRip 2 varies depending on the size of the bike, ranging from 101.7 cm to 105.6 cm. The head angle is 70 degrees, which provides stability and control on a variety of terrains.

The Trek CrossRip 2 features a 2×10 drivetrain, which offers a wide range of gears for efficient acceleration and climbing. The compact chainset is also a great feature for those who want to tackle hills with ease.


The Trek CrossRip 2 is tubeless-ready, which means you can run tubeless tires for a smoother ride and fewer flats. This is a great feature for those who want to ride on rougher terrain or for longer distances.

Bontrager Components

If you are looking for high-quality components for your Trek CrossRip 2, Bontrager is a brand that you can trust. Bontrager is known for producing durable and reliable components that are designed to enhance your riding experience. In this section, we will take a closer look at some of the Bontrager components that are compatible with the Trek CrossRip 2.

The Bontrager Elite VR-CF handlebars are a great choice for riders who want a comfortable and versatile handlebar. These handlebars are made from carbon fiber, which makes them lightweight and durable. The ergonomic design of the VR-CF handlebars provides a comfortable grip and reduces hand fatigue, making them ideal for long rides.

The Bontrager Evoke 1 saddle is a high-performance saddle that is designed for off-road riding. This saddle features a narrow profile and a contoured shape that provides excellent support and comfort. The Evoke 1 saddle also has a carbon fiber-reinforced base that adds strength and durability.

The Bontrager Gel Cork Tape is a great choice for riders who want a comfortable and durable bar tape. This bar tape is made from a combination of cork and gel, which provides excellent shock absorption and comfort. The Gel Cork Tape also has a sticky backing that makes it easy to install and stays in place.

The Bontrager SSR wheels are a reliable and durable option for riders who want a high-quality wheelset. These wheels are tubeless-ready, which means that you can run them without tubes for a smoother ride and better traction. The SSR wheels also have a 20mm rim width that provides a stable platform for wider tires.

The Bontrager sealed bearing hubs are a great choice for riders who want a reliable and low-maintenance hub. These hubs are designed to provide smooth and consistent performance, even in challenging conditions. The alloy axle on the rear hub adds strength and durability, making it an excellent choice for off-road riding.

Shimano Tiagra Components

When it comes to the Trek Crossrip 2, the Shimano Tiagra components are an essential part of the bike’s performance. The Tiagra groupset is known for its reliability and durability, making it a popular choice for many riders.

The Trek Crossrip 2 comes equipped with a 10-speed Shimano Tiagra drivetrain, providing a wide range of gears for various riding conditions. The Tiagra shifters are easy to use and provide quick and precise gear changes, ensuring a smooth and efficient ride.

The stem of the Trek Crossrip 2 features a 2-bolt head, which allows for easy adjustment of the handlebar height. The stem also has a 31.8mm diameter and a 7-degree angle, providing a comfortable and customizable riding position.

In terms of braking, the Trek Crossrip 2 uses Shimano Tiagra hydraulic disc brakes, which provide excellent stopping power and modulation. The Tiagra brake levers are ergonomically designed and provide a comfortable grip, even on long rides.

Size and Fit

When it comes to choosing the right size for your Trek CrossRip 2, it’s important to consider both your height and inseam measurements. Trek offers a convenient online tool called the Size Finder, which can help you determine the bike size that’s best for you. If you find that you’re between sizes, it’s recommended that you contact your local retailer or call Trek’s customer service for a quick consult.

The Trek CrossRip 2 comes in a range of sizes, including 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, and 61cm. It’s important to note that the 56cm size has two different weight specifications listed in the search results, with one weighing 10.94 kg / 24.11 lbs and the other weighing 11.10 kg / 24.47 lbs. Be sure to confirm the weight limit for your specific size before making your purchase.

It’s also worth noting that the Trek CrossRip 2 has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of the bike, rider, and cargo) of 136 kg / 300 lbs. If you plan on carrying a lot of gear or using the bike for commuting or touring, it’s important to keep this weight limit in mind.

When it comes to fit, Trek recommends using the “sizing & fit” link at the top of any product page to find the size that’s best for you. If you have questions about the bike size that will best suit you, Trek also offers expert fit technicians at your local retailer who can assist you.

Pricing and Reviews

When it comes to buying a bike, price is often a significant factor. The Trek Crossrip 2 is priced at $1359, which is a reasonable price considering the features it offers. The bike’s frame is made of aluminum alloy, and it has 700x32c tires. The 2×10 drivetrain is efficient and accelerates freely through congested traffic. The upgraded carbon fork provides better shock absorption, and the bike’s ability to switch between road and commute makes it a versatile option for commuters.

The Trek Crossrip 2 has received positive reviews from cyclists who have used it for commuting and road riding. notes that the bike has a relaxed approach to road riding and is a great option for those who want a comfortable ride. The Crossrip 2 also hits the sweet spot in the Crossrip family for value and performance, according to Trek Bikes.

Service reviews for Trek Bikes are generally positive, with customers praising the company’s support and the quality of their products. The Trek Crossrip 2 has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 on the Trek Bikes website, based on 64 reviews. Many reviewers praise the bike’s versatility, comfort, and durability.

If you’re looking to buy a Trek Crossrip 2, you can purchase it directly from Trek Bikes’ website or from other retailers such as Evans Cycles. Trek Bikes offers support for their products, including a warranty and a customer service team that can help answer any questions you may have.

FAQ: Trek Crossrip 2

What are the specs of the trek crossrip 2.

The Trek CrossRip 2 is a versatile bike that can handle a variety of terrains. It features a lightweight aluminum frame, a carbon fork, and a Shimano 105 drivetrain with 22 gears. The bike also comes with hydraulic disc brakes, which provide excellent stopping power in any weather conditions. The tires are wide and are designed to provide stability and grip on both pavement and gravel roads.

Is the Trek CrossRip 2 a good gravel bike?

Yes, the Trek CrossRip 2 is an excellent gravel bike. Its wide tires and sturdy frame make it perfect for riding on gravel roads, while its lightweight design makes it easy to handle. The bike also comes with a variety of features that make it ideal for long-distance rides, including a comfortable saddle and ergonomic grips.

How much does a used Trek CrossRip 2 typically cost?

The cost of a used Trek CrossRip 2 can vary depending on the condition of the bike and its age. On average, you can expect to pay between $800 and $1,500 for a used Trek CrossRip 2 in good condition.

What is the difference between the Trek CrossRip 1 and 2?

The Trek CrossRip 2 is a higher-end model than the Trek CrossRip 1. It comes with a Shimano 105 drivetrain, while the CrossRip 1 comes with a Shimano Sora drivetrain. The CrossRip 2 also has hydraulic disc brakes, while the CrossRip 1 has mechanical disc brakes. Additionally, the CrossRip 2 has a carbon fork, while the CrossRip 1 has an aluminum fork.

What is the blue book value of a Trek CrossRip 2?

The blue book value of a Trek CrossRip 2 can vary depending on the condition of the bike and its age. On average, you can expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,000 for a Trek CrossRip 2 in good condition.

Where can I find a Trek CrossRip 2 for sale?

You can find a Trek CrossRip 2 for sale at your local bike shop or online at retailers such as Trek Bikes or REI. It is important to make sure that you purchase the bike from a reputable seller and that you inspect the bike carefully before making a purchase.

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Trek Crossrip Elite

  • Price: $1200
  • Frame: Aluminum alloy
  • Tires: 700x32c
  • Gear: 2×9

What we love about it: A super affordable carbon-brazed fork paired with a lightweight aluminum alloy body, and an on-board dual drivetrain that lets you go faster and have more options.

What we don’t like about it: It can’t do the racing rides of a professional off-road bike, although there are more all-around possibilities.

Rating: (4.8/5)

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When it comes to Trek’s CrossRip line, we can’t forget a classic, a small peak, the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite. While it may be a bit old for today, it’s still a must-have all-around road bike on the recommended bike list for beginners, including me.

In design, it will do its best with heart. For example, a full carbon brazed fork is available at an optional price, which is a very effective combination in absorbing shock. The dual-layer drivetrain can adapt to a variety of riding scenarios, whether it is urban roads or outdoor trails.

Due to the rise of gravel road bikes in the past two years, the 700x32c tires of the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite can also fully adapt to this gravel trail, rolling smoothly and powerfully across the road, allowing you to stay in the trendy riding trend.

Learn more: Trek CrossRip 1 Review-Is The Trek CrossRip 1 A Good Commuter Bike?

Road Performance

If you’re looking for a novice ride and don’t want too many options, then I totally recommend starting with the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite.

From a comprehensive analysis of all aspects, the Trek CrossRip Elite can definitely be called an all-rounder. The slack geometric frame indicates that it is a hybrid road and commuter mode, and the off-road performance is appropriately added.

The modest 27.2mm seat tube length isn’t as demanding on a novice’s stance as an absolute dirt bike. The tall 700x32c tires have more traction on the ground and can take you far away with less effort. You must know that cycling is also a sport that tests your muscles. If you damage your muscles at the beginning, it will definitely make you lose the fun of riding.

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70% of the people who bought this car got used to it from commuting roads, so at the beginning of the evaluation, we came to the streets with a lot of traffic. There are sidewalks and narrow guardrails that need to be passed quickly and a lot of racing cars. I believe that if you are not good enough, you will not be able to complete this ordeal.

However, with my familiarity with road bikes, I didn’t feel overly concerned about the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite. The Shimano Sora-branded drivetrain allowed me to pass more pedestrians from the start.

Here’s a general introduction to people who don’t know much about bicycle parts, Shimano is a great company, which means you won’t spend too much time on post-maintenance later on your rides.

Plus, the 2×9 drivetrain means you have 18 speeds to adjust. For the average cyclist, I think it’s enough. But the fashion in recent years, about 24 kinds of speed is also a trend.

I can’t ask too much of the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite at this point, as it does satisfy my basic quest for speed. At this point, I can give it excellent.

It’s obvious that when we ride outdoors, there’s always bad weather, such as rainy seasons. On slippery roads, it is no small challenge for a bike to stay smooth.

Fortunately, the Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate tires for Trek CrossRip Elite are very strong, and they are not ordinary smooth tires. The patterns on them can increase the friction of the ground.

I’ve watched the Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate perform after riding in the rain, and I’ve seen the water flow out of the tires very regularly, which means it’s effectively removing dirt and rain.

Also, fit Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc brakes to avoid unexpected situations. I’m sure you don’t want to meet some beautiful ladies on the road around the corner and can’t stop to politely say hello~, or to scramble to avoid those cute wild animals as we ride into the city’s parks.

Despite the fact that hydraulic discs have been fashionable for nearly two years, mechanical discs make you feel a little retro. But in terms of performance, believe me, the performance of the mechanical disc is not inferior to the hydraulic disc brake, and it is also simpler in later maintenance. We will talk about this later.

General Riding

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When I embarked on a wild adventure with this elegant bike, I was a little underconfident at first. After all, for bicycles in the past two years, the all-carbon brazed body is the trend, and so are the 24 or so transmission systems. At this point, I have to admit it’s a bit behind for the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite.

The sections I rode were familiar to me as they consisted of various rough structures such as gravel, lush grass, and a short forest trail.

The body of the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite is constructed of 100 Series Alpha Aluminum aluminum. Although it is not as light as carbon brazing, it is superior in its resistance to rough friction. While body bruises are a testament to your riding experience, for most of us, we like a decent-looking frame. So from this point, an aluminum frame is acceptable.

Of course, if it’s fair to say, the weight puts a lot of pressure on the steeper ascents, hindering the traction of the tires. In a downhill road environment, the downhill speed will be accelerated.

Of course, don’t worry too much, the Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc brakes are very sensitive under my rigorous multiple downhill dive tests, which is an uncompromising principle.

When I started to face the gravel-filled path, I was very resistant inside. If the tires are not strong, then this test means unsuccessful. Luckily, the Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate tires were sturdy and powerful enough to roll over these pesky sharp stones without causing the car behind me to be scratched by the flying stones.

Because it is a product in 2016, the internal routing technology is used in the problem of routing. While this made braking harder, it was great for me traversing overgrown conditions with no risk of entanglement.

I don’t want to spend my time unraveling the weeds tangled in the body, which would be unwise. This also applies to forest trails, those sharp branches are no less damaging than gravel, and the smooth passage of gravel roads gave me the confidence to travel through the forest.

Main Feature

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The 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite has a very stretchy frame. I’m riding a size M (for reference: I’m 5’10”) and it didn’t put a strain on my ride. At the same time, a female friend of mine wears a skirt suit while riding, and the pannier can also be expanded.

Even though I think the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite would be a very superior choice for most urban commuters, there’s no denying that color-loving won’t please everyone. If you like calm, and dependability, then the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite in black is for you. If you want a little jump in your boring life, your options are lacking.

Of course, its functionality is very open, allowing brackets and lights to be installed. You only need to find the adaptation on the trek official website, which is also very convenient. This is an essential link for anyone who needs to carry a package. When you are riding outdoors, if the time is relatively late, the lights will also help you solve the problem of sight.

Since I’ve been testing for over a week, I think I can still say a little about the comfort of the saddle. The Bontrager Evoke 1 is the all-purpose saddle in the Trek CrossRip line, and comfort is moderate. It may be a little uncomfortable for those who are thinner and need to fit a very soft saddle.

We found that, despite being a 2016 model, riding the Trek CrossRip Elite didn’t differ much from the latest model in terms of comfort. I think it might have something to do with its decent seat and head angle. 

The seatpost length of the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite is 27.2mm, which is also quite satisfactory. Therefore, for novice riding, it can also make you do not need to spend too much effort, and the degree of freedom of posture is higher. Urban commuters certainly don’t want to be on the road every day with sore muscles. 

The geometrically beautiful model didn’t bother with aerodynamic drag. This is necessary for the fast commuting of the city and the traffic lights that must be faced every day. Some heavy and wide models will drag the rider’s speed when riding. 

Components and Specifications

Bontrager satellite plus full carbon fork.

Although the Trek CrossRip Elite has an aluminum body, the fork is a full-carbon brazed material. If you can understand a little bit about the material properties of carbon brazing, you should know that it is very effective in absorbing shock.

If you are not satisfied with the smooth roads of the city, and are very interested in yearning for the outdoors, but at the same time worry about the soreness of your arms due to long-term bumps, then I recommend that you try to take the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite to test it. From my tests, I don’t think there are any concerns in this regard.

A carbon-braced fork can also help a little when it comes to saving weight in a very large frame. This means that if you’re riding a slow ascent, a carbon-braced fork will help you spend less effort.

Shimano 2×9 Drivetrain

At the same price, there are many brands of models that use a single-group transmission system, but I prefer a dual-group power transmission system, which will give you more freedom in speed selection. At the same time, if you encounter a little emergency and struggle with your riding speed to keep up with the passage of time, you will regret not choosing a dual-group drivetrain.

Plus I’m a fast-paced person and if my bike starts slowing like a very old man it would be a bit of a social shame, after all, no one wants to be the last one.

When I tested a bike with a single group 1×10 drivetrain a few months ago. It was an unfair race, and I was traveling with a dual drive, and I was kind of funny when I was behind, but I don’t want to go through a moment like this again.

At the same time, in terms of uphill performance, the 2×10 will easily let you pass the difficulty of uphill. No cyclist wants to waste time going uphill, and neither do I. Of course, so does the Trek CrossRip Elite.

Hayes CX Expert Mechanical Disc

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The debate about hydraulic discs and mechanical discs has been very hot in recent years. For me, hydraulic discs outperform mechanical discs both in terms of weight and aesthetics. But don’t forget, the value of a thing is still reflected in its ability. As for the brakes, I think I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is almost no difference between the two.

The most important point, the advantage of the mechanical disk, is the maintenance cost. A considerable number of cyclists want to maintain the bicycle as easily as possible.

For users who have hydraulic discs, the replacement of hydraulic discs is a lot of money, so the maintenance of mechanical discs is simpler.

Another point also makes me have a certain respect for the mechanical disc: we often ride on muddy or rainy roads, and the mechanical disc is more adaptable to this environment than the hydraulic disc.

Of course, it is undeniable that the mechanical disc is indeed heavier than the hydraulic disc, and the weight of the body is also a relatively large factor affecting the riding experience. In this day and age of lightweight bikes, it’s true that mechanical discs aren’t going to please everyone.

Due to the different operating principles, the wear of the mechanical disc on the wheel is also smaller than that of the hydraulic disc. Heating is less, although this is minimal, but as a responsible reviewer, I still need to give some hints.

Previous Versions of the Trek CrossRip Elite

2013 Trek CrossRip Elite

We compared the 2015 Trek CrossRip Elite to the 2014 Trek CrossRip Elite. In terms of some basics, the CrossRip Elite remains consistent. The same carbon brazed front fork makes the shock absorption more efficient, and the weight of the body is reduced, making it easier to climb uphill.

The high-quality 100 Series Alpha Aluminum’s aluminum body makes outdoor riding more worry-free and more resistant to rough wear. Likewise, the alloy body is no match for the lightness of an all-carbon brazed body. The same level is also shown on the drivetrain, Shimano 2×9 drivetrain, 18 shifting channels. That’s more than enough for a crowd with no racing requirements.

The performance of the tires is also consistent, using Bontrager H5 700x32c tires. Tall and well-patterned tires are of great help in terms of speed and a relaxed and stable feel.

At the same time, there is a certain improvement in the braking of the mechanical disc. The 2015 Trek CrossRip Elite uses a Hayes CX Expert disc, and the 2014 Trek CrossRip Elite uses a Hayes CX 5 disc. Of course, this improvement in braking will definitely have some impact on riding, which is relatively more sensitive and fast.

In terms of color, the Trek CrossRip Elite series does not have many choices. As I mentioned earlier, this is a pity for urban fashionistas who like bright colors. The 2015 Trek CrossRip Elite is the same black as the 2016, and the 2014 Trek CrossRip Elite is gray. The same low-key, the same strong.

What do we like about it?

  • The carbon brazing front fork, which can effectively absorb vibration, also surpasses the cost performance.
  • This dual 2×9 power transmission system gives you more speed choices and more room for improvement.
  • Despite its lower maintenance cost, the mechanical disc is not inferior to the hydraulic disc in terms of braking power.
  • The 700x32c tall and sturdy tires can easily adapt to the complex environment in the wild, and the rolling force is more powerful.
  • The built-in wiring is more concise, avoiding all kinds of winding and cleaning troubles.
  • A free geometric frame can be fitted with brackets and lights to reduce commuter burden.
  • Stable downhill power allows you to avoid body drift.

What do we not like about it?

  • Single colors may not be appealing to people who want to attract attention.
  • The alloy frame has a bit of a weight hold for steeper climbs.
  • Without the more expensive all-carbon brazed body, more can’t be done in terms of body shock absorption.

Trek FX Sport 5 vs  2016 Trek CrossRip Elite

2023 Trek FX Sport 5

Comparing the Trek FX Sport 5, it’s clear that the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite’s superior value for money. On top of being nearly $1,000 cheaper, the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite’s drivetrain is a dual-group build. Although there are four fewer speed options than the Trek FX Sport 5, in the process of most daily riding, there is almost no difference.

Meanwhile, the Trek FX Sport 5 has wider tires, so it will be a little stronger on the ground. But at the same time, it will also increase the resistance on commuting and off-road climbing. However, if you’re a fan of sand and snow, wider tires do benefit.

Learn More: Trek FX Sport 5 Review-Is It A Good Hybrid Bike?

Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0 vs  2016 Trek CrossRip Elite

2020 Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0

As a product, the Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0 didn’t stand out as much when compared to the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite. Although the single-group transmission system has improved a few levels in speed selection, in my experience, the difference is not too big.

But I have to mention that the Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0 is a little quieter because of the belt drive. But for most of our outdoor riding, this kind of improvement doesn’t seem to be an important feature. Also, the tires are sized to be a little harder on some slopes than the 700×32 tires on the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite.

Although they share the same aluminum body and carbon-braced fork, the Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0 is more than $700 more expensive than the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite. Also, age is different, and I don’t think the Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0 is that advanced enough.

Marin Presidio 4 DLX vs  2016 Trek CrossRip Elite

2020 Marin Presidio 4 DLX

Likewise, the Marin Presidio 4 DLX and Trek CrossRip Elite’s aluminum body and full carbon brazed fork mean they’ll handle roughly the same amount of drag while riding. Coupled with the same tall 700x32c tires, the riding experience is basically the same.

For the Marin Presidio 4, it has to be mentioned that it has achieved an upgrade in the braking system. The hydraulic disc is used, which is lighter and more modern, but in terms of braking effect, the difference will not be obvious. Because almost every bicycle brand attaches great importance to brakes, whether it is mechanical or hydraulic, the ability is the same.

Of course, the hydraulic disc will make the body lighter, which is undeniable. Overall, the $2,349 price of the Marin Presidio 4 DLX does have some economic pressure.

Priority 600 vs  2016 Trek CrossRip Elite

2022 Priority 600

One big feature of the Priority 600’s design is its smaller wheels relative to the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite. The small wheels do feel a little sluggish at speed, but at the same time, they outperform the larger ones in terms of grip, cushioning and stability on gravel and outdoor trails. But maybe a little pity for the city roads we use more often.

Compared to the drivetrain of the 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite, the Priority 600 improves the range of speed options a bit, but not by much. The Priority 600 uses a more expensive belt drive system, which handles noise better than conventional models. But if you’re riding outdoors, the difference isn’t very noticeable.

At the same time, the price of 2499 does not produce a greater advantage and is not the best economical and practical choice.

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The New 2017 Trek CrossRip Light Touring Bikes

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The 2017 trek crossrip 3, the 2017 trek crossrip 2, the 2017 trek crossrip 1, want to compare these touring bikes with dozens of others, helpful resources, touring & bikepacking bike overview.

The Trek CrossRip is a light touring bike that was introduced to Trek’s range in 2013. While it’s always been marketed at the fitness and commuting crowd, it’s actually a great light touring rig too. In fact, Trek found themselves with two near-identical bikes last year (the CrossRip and 720) which broadened the reach of the bikes to different consumers.

The 2017 Trek CrossRips are now available in three different models, with prices ranging from US $1099 to $2099. A flagship model now sits on the top (Trek CrossRip 3), providing the same frame, but with upgraded Shimano parts across the board. The two lower models (Trek Crossrip 1 & 2) have been updated with the newer Shimano groupsets, and have both received a US $100 price drop!

For 2017 there’s a frame upgrade to utilise a lighter weight, more high-performing aluminium that Trek call ‘200 Series Alpha’. In addition, the carbon fork is all-new but with the same low-rider mounts for a front rack. It’s no longer available on the base model, however.

The geometry of the Trek CrossRip has also been modified for 2017. While the sizing is exactly the same across the board in terms of stack and reach, the steering speed and overall wheelbase has been modified to make the bike more stable. This has been achieved by making the head angle one-degree slacker and using a carbon fork with 5mm more rake. The result is slightly slower steering, a longer wheelbase and additional toe clearance from the front wheel.

The all-new flagship model, the Trek CrossRip 3, uses Shimano 105 11-speed parts throughout, including the brilliant Shimano RS685 hydraulic brake levers and calipers. These gears feel great, and the braking performance is really impressive for a road groupset. The gear range on the 2017 Trek CrossRip 3 is 29-123 gear inches – which is on-par with other light touring bikes. Given the quality of parts, this bike would make for a great all-rounder road, gravel and touring bike at US $2099 .

The 2017 Trek CrossRip 2 has received a very minimal change to its specification. It now uses a matching Shimano Tiagra crankset, and Trek have also installed a 11-34t cassette which gives slightly better climbing gears than the outgoing CrossRip LTD. The gear range is 27-123 gear inches which is slightly wider than the flagship model due to that new wide-range cassette. Braking is taken care of with the awesome TRP Hy/Rd brakes which are cable operated until the caliper, where it switches to a hydraulic piston to squeeze the most out of disc brake performance.

The 2017 Trek CrossRip 2 retails for US $1579  which is US $100 cheaper than last year. With the carbon fork and 10-speed parts, it certainly offers the best value-to-performance ratio too.

The 2017 Trek CrossRip 1 is now US $100 cheaper than last year! One of the ways Trek reduced the cost of the Trek CrossRip 1 was by replacing the carbon fork with an alloy version. This is only expected to add 100-200g to the total weight of the bike. There’s been a crankset change to a 48-32t FSA model that offers better gearing for light touring. The lowest gear is 27 gear inches, but if you swapped the cassette to an 11-34t you could achieve 25 gear inches without too much trouble. There’s been a brake upgrade to TRP Spyre C mechanical disc brakes. These brakes are awesome because they pull both pads in, rather than just one, providing more even braking than comparable brands.

The 2017 Trek CrossRip 1 will retail for  US $1099 .

Check out the  Touring Bicycle Buyer’s Guide  which compares touring bike steering, sizing, gear ratios, specification, pricing and more. The Bikepacking Bike Buyer’s Guide does the same thing, however, with a focus on lighter bikes and models with more off-road capability. Both of these guides are updated annually with the latest models at no extra cost!

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should i buy the crossrip ltd for a discounted price of 1799 here in canada or the crossrip 2 for the original price of 1999?

If you think you may need the slightly lower climbing gears (ie. the 11-34t cassette) you may as well spend the extra $200 now and get the newer model. If you’re likely to keep the gearing as is, then grab this years Crossrip LTD.

just bought a CROSSRIP 3. WHAT Front racks will fit on this bike?

I highly recommend the Tubus Tara. But you might like some of the other lowrider options I’ve mentioned in my front rack resource:

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  • A lightweight, high speed, electric road bike with sturdy 12 mm thru-axle on the front wheel, Carbon fiber fork, and Alpha 200 Gold alloy frame to dampen vibration
  • Capable and comfortable on hard packed trails as a gravel grinder, sturdy Aluminum fenders and custom rear rack increase utility and the rack has nubs to retain panniers
  • Excellent safety features including reflective logos and accents on the frame, reflective tires, and integrated lights with a headlight that can be set to blink, low solid, or bright solid
  • Bosch Purion display panel is compact but the buttons aren't as easy to click, menu options are limited, the Micro-USB port cannot be used for charging, and it's not removable, the bike comes in five frame sizes but is priced higher

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Trek pulled out all the stops with their CrossRip+ electric road bike. This thing comes in five sizes, includes sturdy full-length Aluminum alloy fenders, a custom designed rear rack with light integration and sturdy pannier rods, reflective paint and tire stripes, and an aimable three-mode integrated headlight! You get a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain, which means considerably fewer gears than the non-electric CrossRip line which range from 18 to 22 speed… but this is actually at the high end for Bosch powered mid-drive electric bikes. The one-by drivetrain reduces complexity, means fewer adjustments and chain drops, and is quite capable given the power of electric assist. The derailleur features a clutch system to improve tension and reduce slap when you go off-road, and the 20 tooth chainring (equivalent to a 50 tooth traditional chainring) is shielded by an alloy chainring guard that reduces drops while simultaneously keeping pants clean and snag-free. Because the motor controller offers software-driven shift detection, shifting remains relatively smooth even when the motor is operating at high power. Internal cable routing and a flattened downtub create a blended look, the black plastic casing on the motor and battery work well here because the frame color is matte black, but the battery is still external and the motor is not tilted and semi-integrated the way that it is on some of the latest mountain models or with alternative motor systems from companies like Brose. But, the even distribution and relative light weight of the bike (roughly 46 lbs) make it a standout. Some of the fancier battery and motor designs can be more difficult to remove in my experience and require a bit more frame reinforcement which probably adds weight. The CrossRip+ rides beautifully, even when the motor is turned off. The cockpit is clean and the single-paddle shifting mechanism on the right hood is simple once you get used to it (short click for higher gears, longer two-click or three-click for lower gears). This bike even comes with a small flick bell, easy-reach light switch beneath the display, and an adjustable length rear-mount kickstand… though it began to rattle when I took the bike off-road so consider removing it, tightening it, bringing a tool along, or using Loctite Blue if you encounter similar noise. The Trek CrossRip+ is feature complete and more than just a road bike. Larger tires provide cushion, stability, and gravel riding options, they can be setup as tubeless because the rims support it, and I fully enjoyed the SRAM hydraulic disc brakes with 180/160 mm rotor setup. I was able to stop adequately with just the front brake while filming and descending. There are only a few options in the road e-bike category right now in the US that I have seen, and the Trek CrossRip Plus is leading the pack in my opinion.

Powering the bike is a dynamic Bosch Performance Line Speed motor. This is the motor that can reach 28 mph (45 kph) vs. just 20 mph, and it’s perfectly suited to the aerodynamic, racy style of the Cross Rip Plus. Rated from 250 watts to 600+ watts, the motor can deliver 60+ Newton meters of peak torque and is one of the most responsive products on the market right now. It spins a smaller chainring, as mentioned earlier, which was chosen to improve chain grab and I believe it also starts and stops faster than a more traditional size. This sprocket spins 2.5 times for every 1 crank revolution, and there’s a gearbox inside the motor that does this conversion. As demonstrated in the video review above, this leads to a bit of noise and friction when the bike is powered off… but it’s very minor. When the motor is active, as you spin faster and add more power through the pedal assist menu options (Eco, Tour, Sport, or Turbo) a different noise is produced. A high pitched electronic whir is audible, but not as bad as the camera shows when frame-mounted. For me, a ~135 lb active bicycle rider, the Bosch Performance Line motors are all very capable. I have no problems climbing and can reach and maintain 28 mph with the Speed line. But I have heard some larger riders express that the bikes only just reach 28 mph and require more work than some other products. This is a pedal-assist only electric bike, you do have to pedal to get the motor to activate and it delivers increased power based on torque. If you pedal lightly, the motor isn’t going to respond as fully. This is the kind of thing that’s worth trying out in person, make sure you shift gears to find the sweet spot between effort, output, and speed. Thankfully, Trek is one of the Big 3 bicycle manufacturers in the US which means there are plenty of dealers to visit who should provide some test ride opportunities. For me, the drivetrain is setup just right, 11 gears is enough to enjoy a full range of speeds and the combination of higher-end SRAM derailleur, sturdy rubberized slap guard, chainring protector, and frame sized crank arms (longer 175 mm cranks for the larger sizes) work together perfectly.

Powering the CrossRip+ is a Bosch Powerpack 500, a 25% larger battery than the very popular Powerpack 400 that has been floating around for several years. The neat thing is, this pack is built into the same casing design as the 400 and is backward compatible. So, if you’re someone who has one of these older batteries, it will work as a backup or range extender. Maybe you plan on doing some e-bike touring or trekking, bikepacking could also be fun, and these batteries only weigh 5.4 lbs to 5.7 lbs so you could toss one into a trunk bag or pannier and be all set. The charger that Bosch offers here is also quiet impressive. It’s compact and fast, rated at 4 Amps vs. just 2 Amps for cheaper electric bikes. At the top of the battery is a loop handle for easy lifting and carrying. Near the lower left side is a battery level indicator that can be used to assess fill level off the bike. Inside the pack are premium 18650 Lithium-ion battery cells which are energy dense and durable, not suffering as much from memory if they aren’t charged frequently. To maximize life, store the pack in a cool dry location at 50% for longer periods. Extreme heat and cold may impact performance and heat will degrade the pack faster. Note that even though this battery is powering the motor, backlit display panel, and both headlights, it should offer 16+ miles per charge in even the most challenging conditions with assist at high according to Bosch testing. For most rides, I’d estimate 30+ miles and up to 100 miles if you use the lower levels of assist and stay on smooth relatively flat paved surfaces. This thing is efficient and sleek, your body position is going to be aerodynamic… but anytime you raise the speed (especially above 20 mph) efficiency starts to drop exponentially due to air resistance.

Operating the Bosch Purion electric bike system is a snap, and the cockpit on the CrossRip+ is super clean. The Purion display is small and only has four buttons: power on top, + and – on the front, and walk mode on the bottom. Trek has disabled walk mode for all of their ebikes as of this review… so no need to mess with that lower button. Once the battery pack has been charged and mounted properly, just press the power button on the display and watch as it blinks to life. It shows your current speed, assist level (or other trip stat), and a five bar battery infographic at the bottom. From here, click the plus or minus button to raise or lower assist, and watch as Eco, Tour, Sport, or Turbo are shown. Those readouts may disappear if you’re in the odometer or range menus and you can cycle through by holding minus for a couple of seconds. Range is very useful, and probably where I’d leave the readout, because it dynamically updates based on the last mile of performance, current battery capacity, and assist level in use. You can literally switch from Eco to Turbo on the fly and see how far you can expect to go based on that last mile of riding! I do have a few gripes about the Purion display, and the primary one is that it’s not removable like the Intuvia. As mentioned earlier, it also doesn’t have an active Micro-USB port (the port is there for diagnostics and software updates only), and the + and – buttons respond best to finger presses towards the display vs. the lower left edge. They pivot at an angle vs. straight down which means you have to reach further in when pressing them. One neat design feature with this Purion display is a matching lower section with a white switch for cycling headlight modes. The rear light just flashes slowly at all times but the headlight can go from bright flashing to low solid or low bright and that is a first for me to see on an ebike! Most other companies only offer a constant on mode… and they usually have externally mounted lights that are not aimable. The headlight can be aimed up or down by using a small Allen key adjustment. The back light is mounted into the rack or can be set into a rack support tube if you remove the full rack. I love that they thought about both use cases and kept the light functional for both.

The Trek Cross Rip Plus really impressed me, I went into this review not knowing what to expect but was won over by the attention to detail, proven Bosch drive systems, and high level of customer support. I have met with Stephanie Jones on several occasions now to review Trek e-bikes and see how dedicated the rest of the team is. For this review, I got extra help from a Territory Manager named Chris who reinforced what I had learned on the website and during my own short demo rides. He was a bit more quiet and reserved than I, but he knew his stuff and was a great rider. This is a product you will pay more for, but should last longer and perform better than a lot of competing products. There’s only one color choice as of now and it’s called Matte Trek Black. Many of the stem, seat post, rack, and tire hardware are from Bontrager (Trek’s in-house brand) and they are all solid. If it were me getting this bike for high-speed commuting, I would definitely consider a 27.2 mm suspension post from BodyFloat or Suntour (BodyFloat comes in multiple stiffnesses and even offers lightweight Carbon fiber options) and I might even experiment with the ShockStop stem or a similar product, just to take the edge off. The larger tires and Carbon fork make enough of a difference that I didn’t come away from the trail tests with a headache, but if I were doing that a lot, the suspension options would become critical. The fact that Trek included bottle cage bosses on the seat tube and went with puncture protected tires is icing on the cake, little touches that I guess I’d expect given the price and their reputation for quality. Big thanks to Trek for partnering with me on this review and sending two awesome reps out to ride with me. I welcome feedback and questions in the comments as always.

  • This is one of the lighter weight electric bikes I have tested, especially when you consider the rear carry rack and full-length alloy fenders, at roughly 46 lbs, it’s easier to pedal unpowered or lift onto a car rack
  • Very few electric bikes offer the aerodynamic drop-bar setup that you see on the CrossRip+ and it can be very difficult to retrofit, with this setup you get three hand positions which offer a range of aggressive body positions
  • There’s plenty of utility on offer here, in addition to the sporty ride, check out the bottle cage bosses on the seat tube and sleek rear rack with pannier hangers and blockers
  • Trek has an ABC’s campaign to emphasize safety (always, be, seen but also always on, bio-motion, contrast) and the reflective Bontrager H1 tires with Hard-Case puncture protection, reflective decal accents on the frame, mini flick-bell near the stem, powerful SRAM Force CX 1 hydraulic disc brakes, and integrated LED lights with flashing mode and an aim adjustment for the headlight set it apart and above most other electric bikes I have reviewed
  • Controlling the bike, selecting different assist levels or activating the lights while riding, is intuitive and comfortable thanks to the control pad placement and unique light switch integration, I have never seen the white switch slider thing before but it worked great and stayed out of the way
  • Motor and battery weight are positioned low and center on the frame, this improves handling and makes the bike stable when lifting… consider removing the ~5.7 lb battery pack when carrying the bike up stairs or lifting it onto transport rack
  • I absolutely love the rear rack, it is paint matched, sleeker than most aftermarket products, has pannier slider blocks and a notch at the base for bungee cords or clips, and has been designed to be easy to take off while leaving a spot to re-mount the rear light
  • The 1×11 speed drivetrain is simple, durable, less likely to drop the chain, and features an alloy chainring guard to keep pants clean and snag-free, the SRAM Force CX 1 derailleur features a clutch system to reduce chain slack and provide smoother shifting
  • Bosch mid-drive motors offer shift detection, this produces some gaps in power to reduce mashing and allow for smoother shifting under power, it’s software-driven and not perfect in my experience, but the combination of speed, cadence, and torque sensors allow you to reduce pedal force to further alleviate mashing when shifting (as you would on a traditional bicycle)
  • The front wheel offers quick release and uses a 12 mm thru-axle vs. a standard 9 mm skewer, this provides strength and stiffness when steering and cornering at high speeds and supports the greater bike weight
  • I love the thick rubber slap guard on the right chain stay, it provides good protection against paint chipping and noise if you decide to ride off road and use this like a gravel grinder vs. urban road bike, note that Trek chose a larger 20 tooth chainring (equivalent to a 50 tooth traditional chainring) for comfort pedaling at higher speeds, this also reduces chain suck and chain slap
  • Bosch provides a faster 4 Amp charger with many of their electric bikes and I believe that’s what you get with the CrossRip+ which is going to fill the high-capacity 500 watt hour battery faster, the charging interface is consistent when the pack is mounted or being charged off-bike and that means you don’t have to screw around with extra dongles or adapters which could get lost, the pack is also relatively compact and lightweight at ~1.7 lbs
  • The downtube is flattened out to make the battery mount more secure and help it blend in visually, the black motor and battery casing match the cabling and blend in well with the paint job
  • Five frame sizes allow you to dial in fit and improve comfort on longer rides (including crank arm length and stem length differences), this is especially important for commuters, trekking, and gravel grinder trail riding because there is no suspension, consider a 27.2 mm BodyFloat to add some cushion or a ShockStop stem replacement
  • The slightly fatter tires, carbon fiber fork, and “comfortable” Alpha 200 Gold Aluminum alloy frame are designed to dampen vibration on any surface, they improve comfort over the narrowest road tires and an alloy fork and you can run the tires tubeless for decreased weight if you want to because apparently the rims allow for it
  • During my ride test, even off road, the fenders stayed relatively quiet, the bike was brand new but I got a sense that the rack and fenders were designed to not rattle and were more custom than a lot of aftermarket fenders I see on other electric bikes
  • The headlight switch is so cool, it allows you to make the headlight flash by pressing forward, be solid and dim in the center position, or be solid and bright in the back position… this is one of the only electric bikes I have seen with integrated lights that can flash! I believe that the rear light flashes at all times
  • The Bosch Purion display is compact, so it stays out of the way if you’re riding with hands in the flat bar position, but it’s not removable like the Bosch Intuvia, nor does it offer Micro-USB charging
  • Minor consideration here, the Bosch Performance Speed motor is rated to support pedaling up to 28 mph but I have heard from some riders that it only barely reaches this speed and requires more effort than some competing products, this may help to extend range and I appreciate that it can support up to 120 RPM pedaling while other products sometimes reach only 100 RPM, I reached 28 mph easily on several occasions during my ride test but I only weigh ~135 lbs and am an active rider, the efficient tires and lightweight build make it pretty easy on this bike
  • I love that this bike has a kickstand and appreciate that it’s adjustable but feel that it’s a bit short, the bike seemed to lean way over during my photos and ride tests (even on flat sections) and given that the rear rack may be loaded with gear, I feel that the stand should support longer length and I would also recommend tightening the bolts that hold it on (or using Loctite Blue ) because the stand on our demo bike was rattling loose off-road
  • The Bosch Performance Line motors offer higher torque and are quick to start and stop but can also produce more noise, a distinct whirring noise in the highest power levels and when spinning faster
  • This electric bike is not cheap at ~$4.5k but you get a vast network of dealers who can order it and get you fitted properly, provide service, and there’s a lifetime warranty on the frame with comprehensive two year warranty on the motor, battery and other non-wear components
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I bought this bike because of the lighter weight, aerodynamic ride position, excellent components, integrated lighting system and commuter ready rack. Also because it had a short and predictable delivery time – Trek had plenty of these bikes in stock before they started selling them in California, so it took less than a week to get my bike delivered. I also like the Trek brand and dealer network.

I wanted an electric bike for my commute, which is about 15 miles each way, with a 500ft climb up to and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Most 28mph class 3 speed-pedelec bikes would probably achieve the ride in comparable times, and most other bikes would probably be quite a bit more comfortable than the Crossrip+. However, I wanted a bike that I could also ride at a decent speed under my own power.

My first ride to work took about 55 minutes. This is just over 16mph on average, which slower than I had expected, though significantly faster than my regular bike average of about 12mph. And the e-bike required a lot less effort of course. I had hoped that the ride would take about 45 minutes – which would’ve been 20mph average, but I hit plenty of red lights, stopped at all the stop signs, slowed down to 15mph on a bike trail, and also switched the motor off while crossing the 1.7 mile long Golden Gate bridge (abiding by the bridge authority’s rule). In downtown San Francisco I also had to slow down for other bike and car traffic.

On the ride home, I was able to keep the motor off all the way. I got up to 20mph fairly easily on flat sections (no headwind), and the 500ft climb with the 45lbs bike wasn’t too terrible in the lowest gear (the total weight for this bike plus my gear and my body weight is about 245lbs – which is only about 8% heavier than the total weight for my regular bike). The temptation to switch the motor on increased with every mile, and doubled when a regular road bike passed me, and quadrupled when a Stromer zipped by. But I held fast and made it home under my own power in 1h15. With the possible exception of a Giant Road-E+, I’m not sure I could’ve done this on any other e-bike.

Here are a few things I’ve noticed:

  • The motor cuts out at about 27.2mph. Getting from 27.2 to 28 is up to the rider, and it’s very hard – it’s not “just another 0.8mph”. Once the motor cuts out you have to do all the work – the full 28mph – which requires more than 400 watts to maintain according to .
  • The Bontrager Montrose Comp saddle is hard, but I’ll get used to it after a few more rides. With the tires inflated to the max, the bike is not at all comfortable on rough roads. I’m willing to pay this price for a more efficient ride. Thudbuster is always an option though.
  • While 45lbs is still heavy, maneuvering the bike around in a garage or loading it onto a hitch bike rack is not a problem. I can also pick it up to hang it vertically from the front wheel without pulling a muscle.
  • It’s not the prettiest of bikes – the battery stands out like a pimple, but the rack and electronics are well integrated and the cables are relatively clean (compared it to the crows nest on some other e-bikes).
  • The Bosch Purion display is really basic, but functional (I’ve convinced myself I like the minimalism – but a watt meter would have been so awesome!). Walk-mode doesn’t seem to be enabled.
  • At first I didn’t like the noise the Bosch motor makes (especially compared to the super quiet Brose motor), but at 20mph the wind drowns out the motor noise. I’m also really glad to have shift sensing in the motor. When you’re biking up a steep hill and realize you’re in the wrong gear, you have to keep peddling to shift gears. Even if you’re trying to peddle just hard enough to keep the chain moving, a motor without shift sensing would continue to assist and pull much harder on the chain than you intent. Gnash! The Bosch motor in this bike minimizes the extra unnecessary strain on the chain and gears.
  • The headlight is definitely bright enough, but since it mounted on the frame and not the handlebar, the light keeps pointing straight when you turn the handlebars. This is a little unnerving in tight turns but is easily fixed by attaching an extra small light, like a Cygolite Dash Pro , to the handlebars.
  • The bike is super stable and easy to ride. The DoubleTap shifter is neat.

I swapped the standard pedals out for multi-function clipless/platform Wellgo WPD-95B pedals so I can clip in for long rides or ride comfortably with regular shoes. BTW, Wellgo has the most stunningly retro website I’ve seen, literally, in 20 years.

Wow Hans! You win the comment of the day award, thanks for such a thorough and insightful writeup about the Trek CrossRip+ and your commute. I feel like you were very honest and fair about the trade offs and I’m sure this will help others who might be considering the bike for similar use. Indeed, Trek has purposefully disabled walk mode on all of their models. Maybe they are trying to avoid anything that could be construed as a throttle… but it seems a little overkill to me :)

Thanks Court! Thank you also for the great reviews that you provide! You’ve helped so many people find the bike that works best for them.

Really nice follow up on Courtney’s always excellent reviews, I’m trying to decided between the Super Commuter and Cross Rip+. The Super Commuter seems to be a more tightly assembled bike especially where the battery is concerned. Do you find the battery is mounted securely? Also the Super Commuter has a shield under the motor, I didn’t notice one on the CrossRip+ do you find that to be a problem when you ride on gravel or wet weather? Thank you

I bought the crossrip+ today. I am pretty sure I can drop Peter Sagan on climbs now. It has 4 modes. ECO, tour, sport and turbo. ECO is actually not bad. On climbs, turbo is unreal. When I raced road bikes a few years ago I would ride about 4,000 per year. Climbing is where I usually did best (USA cat 3). When I would get dropped racing with category 1 guys it happened in slow motion. I would dig as deep as I could and couldn’t push enough watts to maintain contact. If I said “hey guys, wait up!” They would hear me say that. Riding solo today, the speed I was able to climb on a bike that weighed about 3 times as much, plus the 35 lbs I gained in 3 years of inconsistent exercise is difficult to describe. When riding the crossrip, if one of the guys who used to drop me said to me “hey guys, wait up”, I would only hear “hey gu”

The acceleration is so strong and continuous that I would feel a little sorry for Peter Sagan if we ever crossed paths on the hilly roads around my humble split level home. Obviously the key is the hills. Yesterday was my birthday. My 2nd mid life crisis is in full swing. As I sit here eating leftover ice cream and cake I can’t wait for the Sun to come up to hop on this ebike.

Happy birthday! Sounds like you’re having a blast… and now it’s okay to eat that ice cream and cake because you’ll be burning it all off, riding your bike :P

Thanks for sharing some of the excitement and your first impressions. These things really are a blast, it’s nice to get outside and feel the excitement, nature, and connection with friends who ride along. Keep it up!

I’m confused as to how you can achieve such high speeds with that gearing. A 20 tooth front ring with a 11 sprocket on the back on a 700c bicycle at 90rpm is only around 17 mph. So how do you pedal up to anything close to 28mph. I must be missing something…. Could you explain this? Maybe I’m missing some magic of an electric bike. I was assuming it just added power to the crank but otherwise functioned like a normal bicycle. So wouldn’t I have to spin at some crazy speed to get close to 28mph?

Great question David, the Bosch Performance Line mid-motors use a proprietary sprocket that connects to the motor through a reduction gearing system. It spins 2.5x for each full crank revolution. The 20 tooth chainring is one of their larger sizes and is equivalent to a traditional 50 tooth chainring (2.5 x 20). This reduction gearing design introduces a slight bit of drag when pedaling unassisted or beyond the maximum assisted speed of 28 mph. It also introduces some extra noise, but the smaller sprocket provides excellent chain retention and starts and stops very quickly. I suspect that eventually, Bosch will move to standard sized chainrings for all of their motor systems. They have already done so with the Active Line and you can see an updated version of that motor here . It’s just not as powerful or fast as the Performance Line Speed motor on the CrossRip+

Eric Breidenbach

I have appreciated the attention to detail that goes into these videos and written reviews. Thank you Court. Seriously consdering the CrossRip Plus: I have a couple of questions:

  • On my electric car (2011 nissan leaf), I only charge to 80% in order to prolong battery life. I read something similar (can’t remember where now) about the PowerPak 500, that ideal storage is between 30 and 60%. If I use the battery 4 days a week, and leave the battery in the charger when I get home until my next use, will I be degrading the battery life because it will be sitting at 100% for chunks of time? Does the charger handle this in any way?
  • Looking at a 2019 model of the Crossrip plus. Wondering if there is anything known about any differences from 2018, or are they identical?
  • My round-trip commute is 19 miles, with 750 feet elevation gain. I am sure I can do it without re-charging, but am wondering what the highest level of assistance I can get is and not run out of juice. Extrapolating from the range calculator (which does not go above 20 mph!) it indicates I should be able to get at least 20-25. My first test ride with the battery not fully charged left some doubt in my mind. Anyone with real world experience?
  • The price is a hard one to swallow, when I am used to paying ~$1200 – $1500 for your decent road bike. Any thoughts on whether this might come down like a lot of other technology after the first few years? I noticed the MSR price appears to have gone down on this model $300 from $4500 to $4200 recently.

Lots of good questions there, Eric. I think it probably is ideal to keep the battery in a central range… whether that’s 20% to 80% or the 30-60 you mentioned. Bosch is a bigger company that has spent more resources on drop tests, overcharge tests etc. and I suspect that their charger and controller are designed to limit wear on the pack. I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over this… my Uncle still has and uses his original Haibike battery and it has been several years. He rides every day and only has a PowerPack 400!

I don’t know much about the 2019 Crosrip, haven’t seen it in person or researched it yet, sorry. You should easily be able to do your commute with lower levels of assist and if you don’t go above 20mph the whole way. Speed pedelec motors (like the Bosch Performance Line Speed) definitely use more power, but this ebike is so efficient with the skinny tires and lightweight aero design. The big factors are tire pressure, rider weight, hills, and which level of assist you ride in. Wind can also make a difference. Yes, price is a big deal here… there’s an opportunity cost in waiting, but this is one of the nicer road style ebikes on the market. I did see a new Trek road-ebike with PowerTube battery, that looks really nice. I’m not sure if it’s the CrossRip or what, but it was shown in my Bosch Interbike video here , towards the end. I hope this helps :)

Byron Mucke

I am sure you already know what the bike is but just in case somebody is doing research on the Crossrip the bike shown in the video that uses the PowerTube is the Domane+. Thanks for all the great reviews and in depth coverage.

I recently visited the Trek dealer here on Maui to order an ebike. I expressed interest in both the Verve+ and Crossrip+ models with a preference for the Crossrip. When the store rep called Trek to determine availability they were told that neither was available in my size. (I am 5′ 5″, 150lb, 82 yr. old avid biker riding an average of 20 mi. 4-to-6 days a week). I was also advised that Trek would soon be producing a new line of ebikes for 2020 and that the new models would likely replace the externally mounted battery with a battery that would recess into the downtube. I was disappointed with the fact that the two models I found particularly attractive would likely be discounted. I prefer the battery mount on the current Verve and Crossrip and planned to purchase a backup battery for longer trips. I also hoped to add some additional extras (shock absorbing seat post, Frog pedals, carrier bags, etc.). Is there any possibility of obtaining a Crossrip + or Verve+ before these models are discontinued?

Hi Ray! I feel you, my preference was for the external battery as well because it’s lighter and easier to use with additional packs. Unfortunately, it might be difficult to find and then very difficult to ship one of these prior-year (or current year) models to Maui. If your shop isn’t in a position to have one transferred within their company/supplier then it might be time to consider a similar ebike that does have the battery you want? I had heard that Trek was selling through on some of these more popular models. Sorry man :(

Thanks for the feedback, Court. I too think that Trek is making a mistake by discontinuing the Crossrip+. Perhaps it’s my age and working class background, but the Crossrip impresses me as a working person’s ebike. It has design features that give it a solid middle class, “by your bootstraps” character. Today’s elders (65+yrs.) are far more physically active than they once were. They want to stay in good physical shape – and they want to get out and interact with the environment and other active seniors. The Crossrip+ has the basic style and no-nonsense features that are uniquely American. Trek would be well advised to continue producing the Crossrip+ and to focus on serving the active senior movement.

Well said, Ray. I appreciate the time and care you’ve invested in this response and perhaps Trek will see it. My primary contact switched companies recently, but Trek is still one of my favorites in the industry and seems to be doing quite well. I will pass this on to my next contact and wish you well in finding a good alternative. Perhaps there is a BULLS model that would fit the bill, they have a wide range of products to offer and good customer support in my experience.

Any news on what they are going to replace the crossrip+ with? I live and work in San Francisco and want something for commuting + the occasional trip across golden gate up to Marin. I have been waiting since July to buy an eBike but should probably just pull the trigger and get something else. Do you know if something like the Luna Fixed Stealth or VanMoof would make it up San Francisco’s hills with ease?

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2014 Trek CrossRip, CrossRip Comp, CrossRip Elite and CrossRip LTD

2014 Trek Bikes CrossRip LTD

Today Trek released images and specs for their 2014 line of Trek CrossRip bicycles, including the CrossRip, CrossRip Comp , CrossRip Elite , and CrossRip LTD . Each bike has a sweet new color scheme and parts spec, including hydraulic disc brakes on the CrossRip LTD . We already have all of these bikes on order, and as soon as they are available, we will let you know. For now, here are some pictures and specs.

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Yo tambien quiero la CrossRip LTD …..

Disponible en septiembre!

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Precio Village Cycle Center será $ 1.599,99,

A little bird told me that the 2014 Trek CrossRip will be in at Village Cycle Center this coming Thursday! (7/11/13) Can’t wait to see the snazzy green paint job.

2014 CrossRip Comp, matte black with green accents. Perfect. Can’t wait to pick this up and sell my DS 8.2

2014 Trek CrossRip is in stock and on the floor!

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For the CrossRip, it is deep evergreen metallic.

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- The drop-bar CrossRip is surefooted when roads get rough, quick in traffic, and comfortable over the long haul. Commuter? Gravel grinder? CafÉ racer?

CrossRip pairs the efficiency of a road bike with the go-anywhere durability of something more. It’s the one bike that takes you from your workday commute right into your weekend adventure.

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- All-road geometry + massive tire clearance + drop bars = serious versatility

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  • Frame 200 Series Alpha Aluminum w/rack & fender mounts, internal cable routing, inboard disc brake mount
  • Hubs Front: Bontrager sealed bearing Rear: Bontrager sealed bearing, alloy axle
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  • Chain KMC X10
  • Crank Shimano Tiagra
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano , external cartridge bearing
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  • Headset 1-1/8" threadless, sealed cartridge bearings

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    Bike Reviews. Commutes Are Faster and Less Sweaty on the Speedy Trek CrossRip+. ... Trek offers three CrossRip models from $1,070 to $1,890. All these bikes feature wide-range 2x drivetrains and ...

  2. Trek CrossRip 1 review

    If you are looking for a versatile bike that can handle both road and gravel, the Trek CrossRip 1 might be the one for you. It features a sturdy aluminum frame, disc brakes, rack and fender mounts ...

  3. Trek CrossRip Elite review

    Although there's a nod to its cyclo-cross roots in the bike's name, Trek makes few bones about this being a much more everyday vehicle than a race bike. After all, it has two specialist cyclo ...

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  5. Review: Trek Crossrip Elite (2013)

    The £950 RRP feels like a fair deal, rather than a bargain. You're getting new Sora and good discs on a nice frame and the bike as an overall package is well thought out and a nice ride. There's plenty of competition at this kind of money and the Crossrip Elite holds its own well.

  6. Trek CrossRip Cyclocross Bike user reviews : 4.7 out of 5

    5. ★★★★★. ★★★★★. Strength: ride comfort, versatility, looks awesome. Weakness: weight (minor) 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.

  7. Trek Crossrip 2 (A Comprehensive Review)

    The Trek Crossrip 2 has received positive reviews from cyclists who have used it for commuting and road riding. notes that the bike has a relaxed approach to road riding and is a great option for those who want a comfortable ride. The Crossrip 2 also hits the sweet spot in the Crossrip family for value and performance, according ...

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    The body of Trek CrossRip 2 is made of the aluminum alloy due to the limitation of cost. If you're looking to buy a bike, you've definitely heard of full carbon fiber, and indeed many bikes use this material to be lighter and faster. But at $1,359 for the Trek CrossRip 2, full carbon brazing is really unaffordable.

  9. 2016 Trek CrossRip Comp

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  16. 2014 Trek CrossRip Review

    Today Trek released images and specs for their 2014 line of Trek CrossRip bicycles, including the CrossRip, CrossRip Comp, CrossRip Elite, and CrossRip LTD.Each bike has a sweet new color scheme and parts spec, including hydraulic disc brakes on the CrossRip LTD.We already have all of these bikes on order, and as soon as they are available, we will let you know.

  17. 2019 Trek CrossRip 2

    The 2019 Trek CrossRip 2 is an hybrid aluminium road bike. It is priced at $1,360 USD, comes in a range of sizes, including 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm and a shimano drivetrain. The bike is part of Trek 's CrossRip 2 range of road bikes. - The drop-bar CrossRip is surefooted when roads get rough, quick in traffic, and comfortable over ...

  18. 2016 Trek CrossRip LTD

    Trek CrossRip 1 review. Dec 2016 · Simon Withers. Well-thought-out machine for everyday riding, rough stuff, fitness and leisure riding. ... Trek CrossRip Elite £950. Sep 2013 · Nigel Wynn. Less cyclo-cross, more crossing genres is the theme embodied in Trek's newest all-rounder — despite the off-road racing hinted at in the name. Read ...

  19. Trek CrossRip LTD 2015

    Trek's versatile CrossRip LTD is an adventure bike set up to take on any challenge, even a bit of gravel racing or 'cross action!. From paved city streets, to forested trails, to winding dirt roads, the CrossRip is ready. The bike features a lightweight, rugged aluminum frame and a carbon fork. Shimano's 105 components make up the drivetrain ...

  20. CrossRip LTD

    Weight. 56cm - 10.68 kg / 23.55 lbs. Weight limit. This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg). We reserve the right to make changes to the product information contained on this site at any time without notice, including with respect to equipment, specifications, models ...