Hi, I am 6'4'' 280 lb (down from 310 up from 260 heading to 220.... and a bit of a newbie) and am looking to replace my Jamis Aragon with a CX bike that will better suit my riding habits. I have looked at the aluminum Cannondales, Kona's and Brodies and the steel Surly and Soma's. I have been favouring the Surly of Soma b/c I have been impressed by the LBSs that have carried them and like that they are not so tubey looking. I have about 1200 CAD to spend (1000 USD)
My question is will there be too much flex in the steel while climbing or not?
I also get the feeling that LBSs are pushing me at 58 size bikes b/c that is what they happen to have and it can be made to fit. I would prefer having the biggest bike I can ride and not have to have seat stem fully extended...is this reasonable thinking.
Really appreciate some perspectives. Thanks