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Price and usage. Cross bikes are more expensive mostly due to the brifters,which cost alot more than flat bar controls. Also,the extra hand positions are pretty much moot if you're riding around a city. You generally aren't going more than a couple miles,and you can't go very far without having to come to a stop,which means you can let go of the bars and sit up. Why pay extra money for something you don't need?
edit: forgot to add that many cross bikes have cyclocross gearing;usually something like a 46/36 up front with a road cluster in the rear. This gives a much narrower gear range that the typical hybrid.
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