Originally Posted by SpongeDad
I'm just starting to look at CX. It seems that CX bikes are either used for commuting or racing, which strike me as pretty different pursuits. Are there some bikes that are more focused on one over the other? Which ones? (I'm more interested in this from a weekend racing perspective.)
There are numerous cross bike that are raceable yet set up to accept fenders or panniers. (ie set up for commuting, as a city bike, or for light touring.
others are more obviously made to be just race machines. light weight and no rack eyelets...
examples of some fancy machines...
you want Ti? check out the Moots , IF Planet Cross Ti, Moratti, or Airborne
you can get all-carbon (or part-carbon) from Ridley or Alan
you can get Scandium-Al from Bianchi (cross concept ) or Salsa.
you could get a sweet-looking steel frame from Strong, IF,
Fancy, racy Aluminum bikes available from Empella, Ridley, and Colnago
Specialized is xcoming out with a new S-works frame (and some more economical complete bikes).
all the usual suspects make nice racable machines too- Bianchi Axis, surly cross-check, Lemond Poprad, Redline, Kona, Cannondale, etc.
plenty of other choices out there these days