While attempting to lose a few extra pounds prior to elk bowhunting season in the Oregon backcountry I managed to pound my upper back into severe spasms. Thought I would try a bicycle for a good workout without the jarring. Trek dealer recommended entry level FX as a starting point and then showed me the Crossrip. My area has beautiful riding options combining paved and gravel roads (Elgin, Or). While the FX would have suited my needs, I kind of liked the multiple ride position options of the Crossrip/Elite. Problem was they seemed to think I needed a 56 or 58 cm bike (6' 32" inseam) and they wouldn't be able to get the Elite version for a couple months. Called next closest dealer in Walla Walla and they had the standard crossrip available in my size. Drove the hour plus to give it a try and this dealer thought that due to my geometry I would need a 56 cm and could probably fit fine on a 54. He set up the 56 Crossrip and off I go. Seat was a little high seemed in the way for stand up riding, and it pretty much felt awkward, rough riding, shifting wasn't overly smooth or positive and it felt large. It also seemed tiring to ride even on flat ground. So, there goes that plan. After communicating fit details he offered to make some adjustments for a reride but also showed me a leftover 2010 model of a higher end bike , the XO1. Liked the looks of it so they set it up for me. This bike happened to be a 54 cm and everything about it felt perfect to me. Easy to ride, excellent shifting, great handling and even the ride felt smoother on the rough Walla Walla pavement. They had it on sale for $1500 but the guy in charge said heck with it, I will let it go for $1000. Good enough for me, about the same price I was going to pay for the Crossrip but with upgraded componentry and more importantly it just felt perfect to me. That evening I put a short 6 miles on it just for fun with lots of big hills and yesterday put in an 18+ mile round trip over a long hill to a nearby town and back. I was surprised I could pedal up and over that hill like it wasn't even there and look forward to longer trips. I am about 215 lbs and my target weight is about 190. Used to run alot and lift heavily and I am using those reserves to get back outside and trim up. Sorry bout the ridiculously long first post but so happy with this purchase and the fact that my first decent bike is getting some use.
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