Cyclocross bike for road/distance use?
I know some folks race cyclocross, and people ask about bicycles all the time, so it's my turn!
I am looking to weigh some options, and come early next year (possibly late this year) I want to get a new bike, or possibly light used few-year-old kinda thing. I went to a cycling shop here in Chicago and talked to one of the reps there (made sure to let him I wasn't buying today so as not to "waste" his time). After telling him what I am interested in doing, i.e. some commuting on nice days, long distance (100 miles +) cycling, potential cycling camping, speed, and so on. I mentioned mainly in the city and on paved trails, and that I grew up riding dirt trails on a MTB.
He suggested the Trek Ion cyclocross bike. After talking about the setup, the differences between that and a Domane, and that I am rough with my stuff, he basically talked me into it. He suggested I wait until later in the year where the '13 model prices drop and the new '14 rolls out, so that is what I will do.
But wanted to know my fellow C&A folks who ride a cross bike as a road bike what they liked. Or should I go with the Domane? I really like the Iso-coupler (or whatever it is called) with the seat stem on the Domane, but living in Chicago with our wonderful streets and potholes, and the fact the salesman rides both but prefers his Ion, I lean more towards a cross bike. Any thoughts?
This is also my reward for dropping weight. I want to be around 200-205 before I allow myself a new bike, and I have 20-ish more to go after starting at my highest of 272 at the end of '12.
So, have at it!