Well I rode my first cross bike today, an aluminum Redline Conquest Pro selling for $1200. I am use to riding a MB with slicks, on light trails and on the streets. I liked the overall looks of the Redline bike which is equiped with 105 comps. What I didn't like was the overall ride and I don't know if it was that I am not use to this type of bike or that this is one hard riding bike. The brakes and shifters worked well but the frame (54 cm) seemed totally uncomfortable and when going onto the drops it was totally bad. It felt like too short of a top tube. When in the drops the front hub was well back of the handlebars. The seat was just horrible. I rode a couple of miles and called it a day. I believe that this Redline is probably a good bike but it certainly didn't have any of the comfort I was looking for. My question is: Should I check out other Cross bikes like the Bianchi Axis or Fuji Cross or do you think that all of them will give me the same overall uncomfortable feel. All of this is only my own perception and I am no way saying that this bike isn't a good quality bike but it certainly doesn't make riding fun for me.
All opinions welcome.