So I'm torn. I would like a new bike after this year as a commuter/fun/workout bike. I currently have a single speed freewheel road bike that I love (and it was free!) but I want some gears now! I would probably get the bike in about 6-12 months, and my budget is around a $1000-$1500.
When I ride I'm mostly on pavement, but I do jump curbs, hit some gravel, would love to be able to get onto some hard trails without cringing, and I generally ride pretty hard. Hard enough that I've bent a few wheels just riding to class!
So any help would be great. I really think a cross bike would be the best for me, but I would love all of your opinions.
Here are a few bikes I have been looking at. Please, if you think a brand or bike is not that great, let me know!!!
Specs I think would be great:
normal drop bar brake handles + flat bar brake handles combo (only on a few bikes have these though)
definitely holes for fenders for wet seasons
And now for the bikes I've been looking at, in no particular order:
Fuji Cross 2.1
Raleigh RX 1.0
Raleigh RX 2.0
Cannondale CAADX SORA
Ridley X Bow
$1200? Hard to find a price
Specialized TriCross Sport Disc Compact
Specialized TriCross Sport Triple
Now for the Road Bikes
Trek 1 Series
Fuji Sportif Series:
Sportif 1.7C -$640
Sportif 1.5C- $780
Sportif 1.3C -$890
Sportif 1.1C- $1100
Felt Z Series:
Opinions? Comments? Suggestions? More to add to the list?! Let me know!