I've been commuting over a year on my $200 Schwinn hybrid from target. I'm looking to graduate to something with a little more zip (and quality). I've been intrigued by the raleigh roper and the RX 2.0 cyclocross bikes. Both seem like they could be easily retrofitted with a rack and fenders, but still get me to work and home more quickly (30 miles round trip). I don't have a clue about components and specs so would be curious to hear some opinions on the 2 or some other recommendations in this price range $1000 - $1400.