Just taken the TriCross out on it's maiden journey ( a 50 miler over a mixture of smooth and frost damaged roads with a couple of cattle grids thrown in for good measure!) and I have to say that I have already fallen in love with the new addition to the Nobby fhousehold! I should warn you, before I get too far into the nitty gritty of the ride that I do have a reputation amongst certain 'friends' to talk in superlatives BUT... I can't believe how beautiifully this bike rides (without wishing to diss the memory of my beloved Carrera Virtuoso (3 years of unblemished service, sob!) The frame and forks are A1 aluminium and give the impression of being fairly bombproof, as does the graphite paintjob. The gearset is (admittedly from the cheaper end of the market) Shimano 2300 throughout but I had that on the Carrera and it never let me down once) and works perfectly with a reassuring click at every change. The brakes are Tektro CR-520 wide cantis and worked perfectly, without judder. The chainset is a triple 52/42/30 (with an 8 speed cassette) so, hopefully, there will be no more 'en pied' humiliations up Blissford Hill and Coombe Gibbet in forthcoming sportives. The tyres (Specialized Borough CX Sport, 700 x 22c) roll extremely well considering they are far more aggressive tread-wise than the Continental Gatorskins on the old bike and the complete package seems to cut out vibration in the 'gentleman's rear parlour', lower back and shoulder area too. The Body Geometry Riva Plus didn't make itself known, which is all that you want in a saddle and I was struck by the comfort, speed (relatively speaking, of course) and silence of the ride over some pretty challenging terrain. The cost (before extra bling) was £750 so it would fit in perfectly with someone buying on the 'under a grand bike to work scheme' and I really can't recommend it highly enough - its like moving on from a much loved plate of chips to a plate of chips with extra curry sauce - lovely! I will whack on a picture of the bike when Mrs N gets back from her job on the door at the Bricklayer's Arms as the vagueries of t'intynet are quite beyond me. I also plan on putting it through it's cross paces in the Boxing Day Cross at Southampton Sports Centre - I'll be the one grovelling around in last place but, believe me, it won't be the bike's fault!