I was bored today and thought I'd go do a little "window shopping" at the local bike shops to see if there were any good close-out deals on 2008 bikes. I really got in to road biking last summer and I like my CAAD9 but I've never been really comfortable on it for longer distance rides. It may be a fit issue, but I think it has more to do with the fact that it's a very stiff bike with racing geometry and I'm just not used to it. So after doing a little research on BF I've been looking into bikes with a little more of a "relaxed" geometry and something that's a little more forgiving on the rough pavement and those kinds of things. I was interested in the Bianchi Via Nirone so I went to a couple shops and looked. I wasn't impressed with the bike in person, there were none on sale, and nobody had one my size to test ride. I decided to wander to my local Performance Bike shop (I'm new in town and had never been there).
I wandered around and noticed that they had some great clearance deals and I started looking at the cyclocross bikes. I was in love with the bigger tires and beefier look. I REALLY liked the way the Fuji Cross Pro looked and decided to take it for a test ride. Big mistake. I was INSTANTLY in love with the bike as soon as I sat on it. I rode around the parking lot at a pretty good pace and jumped a few speed bumps and curbs. I felt amazingly comfortable on it. My hands were light on the bars and it just felt like it was made just for me! It felt sturdy smooth and I wasn't worried about having to dodge bumps like on my roadie, but it still felt quick and efficient.
And the best part, the price! Retail was $1800. The 08 model was on sale for $1150, plus performance has $100 off this weekend and I talked the guy down to $1000 even! Plus I signed up for their "Team Performance" and got 10% to use on accessories. So I have $100 for pedals. It's an Ultegra/DA mix. The bike I rode was an 09, but luckily they had an 08 in my size (56 cm) boxed up in the back. I should be able to pick it up tomorrow or Monday at the latest. I'm stoked! Bikepedia and other websites don't show the same color scheme as the one I purchased. I wonder if its a special scheme for Performance? I found a correct picture online, and I will take pics of mine when I pick it up.