Specialized is working friendly. They are shipping two new wheels to replace the ones I currently own.
Here’s the catch: they’re not the same wheels.
Apparently, Specialized doesn’t have the stock wheels on hand at their corporate HQ, or whatever is in St. Louis where they ship this stuff from. So they’re shipping what they have and we’ll compare them to what is currently on my bike when they arrive early next week. If they fit and they are as good or better, we’ll make the switch. If not, then we’ll jump off that bridge if we get to it.
In related news, I stopped by the Performance Bike shop near my workplace and discussed my problems. If I bring in my bike, they’ll hook me up with an upgraded wheel – complete with dual rims, double butt spokes, and all the trimmings – for $150. Of course, this will void the Specialized warranty, so I think I’ll hold off on that until my warranty is closer to expiration.
They also showed me a couple of bikes that I might be interested in should life continue to be difficult with the Crosstrail: A GT Transeo 2.0 and a Scattante FR-330. The GT is a flat handlebar hybrid bike with road bike gearing and the Scattante is an entry-level road bike.
More to ponder…