Trek has updated its versatile CrossRip range, designed for everything from commuting to gravel riding, and altered the geometry for 2017 (yes, we’re talking about 2017 bikes already!).
The CrossRip range has been around for years and the bikes are a little difficult to classify.
“The drop-bar CrossRip is surefooted when roads get rough, quick in traffic, and comfortable over the long haul,” according to Trek. “Commuter? Gravel grinder? Café racer? Yes. CrossRip pairs the efficiency of a road bike with the go-anywhere durability of something more.”
That’s the official line.
The bikes come with drop bars and disc brakes along with mudguard and rack mounts (including low-rider mounts on the fork for a front rack), and the frames are now made from Trek’s 200 Series Alpha Aluminium.
The 2017 CrossRips get a new geometry. Top tube lengths are slightly shorter than previously, the idea being to make the bikes more agile and easier to fit to more riders.
So, for example, a 56cm CrossRip has a 56cm seat tube, a 57cm effective top tube, and a 16cm head tube. The stack height (the vertical distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the head tube) is 59.6cm and the reach (the horizontal distance between those two points) is 40.2cm.
The £1,200 CrossRip 2 (above) is built up with a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain and TRP Hy/Rd disc brakes.
The CrossRip 3 (main pic) is £1,600. This one has a Shimano 105 groupset and Shimano’s RS785 hydraulic disc brakes.
Check out our Shimano 105 review here and read our Shimano RS785 hydraulic disc brake review here.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.