I just received some bad news. I had saved for several months the $1000 it would take to purchase a Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro from bikesdirect.com @ the 61cm size. I just recieved word that they will not have inventory on that size until August 30. My bike is my ONLY means of transportation, and currently I'm riding an older Trek which has one foot in the grave. Therefore, waiting until August 30 really isn't an option for me. They do have the 64cm in stock, but I fear that would be too large for me. I stand about 6'3" and weigh in around 280lbs plus carry a back pack weighing on average 20lbs. I could get the Fantom Cross and the reduced price of $800, but I was looking for the Ultegra/Dura Ace combo for the extra $200 as a "must-have." Not to mention the polished aluminum was terribly sexy (IMHO). So, what are your recommendations of bikes to check out?
$1000 to spend
Bike used for everyday commuting on city streets/parks and maybe the ocassional off-trail riding
Bike and wheelset needs to hold 300lbs on average