In about a month or two ill be getting a new bike (or two). Im think of buying either a cyclocross bike or a road and a 29er. I would use it for commuting to/from school (rain or shine), and possibly a century or some other non-competitive events (mostly for fun not super-competitive). The bike would be locked up at school (I go to a CC, on a daily basis there are 5-10 bikes locked up). Im only looking at Raleigh and Diamonback because they are the only two manufacturers I can get a deal on.
CX would be commuter, longer rides, trail bike, used for basically everything.
Road would be simply be used for longer ride smooth surface rides
29er would be the commuter, trail bike
If I get a CX I was considering the Diamondback Steilacoom CCX
One thing about this one I like is that it sort of has a generic, not super expensive, look. Also I image I could swap in thinner tires and a non-compact crank (if the compact one isnt enough for me) during for smooth road use. Ive read the differences from a CX and road shouldnt hold me back at all as long as I dont track my times down to seconds or <15 min. I also like the ability to go off-road
If I go Road/29er I think I would get a Podium 2 Road Bike
I dont think I would ever use the Podium 2 to commute simply because it has that expensive road bike look and I dont want my bike to stand out so much on the racks, feel like its too much for school. But its a nice road bike, would be good for a first century or other event (right?)
I dont really know which 29er to get. I like the idea of having the option to switch to thinner tires if I the included ones are too big. I also like how it could be used for heavier off-road use (though Ive never done any serious mtb)
The ones that have come up are the Talon 29's and Overdrive 29's
if I go Road/29er, it would only cost about ~$250-300 more over the CX
What do you guys recommend, Im also listening to recommendations of other CX/Road bikes from Diamonback and Raleigh. Also when are 2013 models typically released, I can wait since I dont need the bike until mid-august
-Thanks for any help.