anyone know anything about this bike?
Cross bikes are brilliant - they can do rough stuff or road stuff really well.
But what kind of rough stuff are you doing ? You may be better off with a road bike and just wider tyres for off road. Most road bikes can do trails just fine - its just that clearances are a bit wider to allow for mud etc.
I've never heard of Norco though ?
Norco are a big Canadian brand - I've seen a few of their MTB's around but they're not that well known in the UK (I didn't realise they had a UK distro)
withot knowing which model of tricross you're looking at 44 it's difficult to compare the 2 but the Norco looks pretty good value
disc brakes are generally more powerful and better at handling mud than rim brakes but at the price level you're talking about it's not a huge difference as they are mechanical (cable) discs.
nowt wrong with cantis though and probably easier to look after than discs
personally I'd be tempted to go with the Spesh but there's little between them
the Spesh tricross is probably one of the most popular ones out there - I know a few who have them and they come well rated. purely that I guess...
make sure whichever one you buy is the right size and fit and if you can get a test ride on both that may help swing matters for you - feel is important
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