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    3 Cyclocross Bikes as Commuters? Papers, Scissors, Rock won't cut it.

    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.
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    Senior Member alan s's Avatar
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    Might want to add Bikes Direct to your list if you don't mind buying from an online seller.

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    They're all decent bikes. I'd also suggest something online. Like the Nashbar Steel Cyclocross bike or perhaps even the CX from Nashbar.

    That Cannondale looks prettier than the others though

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    Senior Member chriskmurray's Avatar
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    Since all three companies put out a similar quality bike, I would simply go with which one fits the best and the one that comes from the shop you like working with the most.

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    Senior Member gregjones's Avatar
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    Pick the most comfortable saddle and which decals you like best.

    Can'dale---not disc, bothers some folks
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    Volpe! (Yes, I know it's not on your list)

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    whatever one fits best .. they all came over on the same Boat from TW. .

    potholed Chicago the whole bike will be a consumable dont expect any to last forever ..

    pick 2 , and 1 will be the backup ..
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    Senior Member jpatkinson's Avatar
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    In case you haven't, already, I recommend you test ride before you decide you want this type of bike! I recently test rode the CAADX Ultegra and it simply didn't work for me -- the high bottom bracket made me feel like I was sitting on top of the bike, like I wasn't as connected as I feel on my Gunnar Roadie (it made the bike feel small, somehow, though the stand over height was right). This was a deal-breaker for me in my quest for a dedicated commuter. Salsa Vaya? Much better feel to my bones. Still undecided.

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