Im in the market for a new bike. I'm moving on from a 2011 Fuji Newest 3.0. I loved it but always felt like I would crack the frame going over a mid sized pothole. Anyway I've seen that a lot of people have started to use cyclocross bikes as commuters which makes sense to me seeing as how they have thicker tires and sometimes disc brakes for rainy Chicago weather.
There are 3 bikes that have caught my eye but I am a little perplexed on wether the potential "winner" out of the list. I will ultimately test each bike to make my final decision but I need to justify a potential higher cost with better components or frame.
Fuji Feather CX 1.1
Jamis Nova Sport 2014
Cannondale CAADX 7 Sora
My budget right now is 1,000 and I will be commuting to and from work about 25 miles each day. I also like to hit up trails from time to time.