I would really appreciate your opinions on this one...First off, I am new to this activity. I grew up racing BMX as a kid then as a teen went into skateboarding and snowboarding and I still do both today. Here I am at a little over 30 now and I am craving a new outlet. I know nothing about bikes from a technical standpoint so I would like your help choosing one. I am fairly well researched and I am certain that I want a CX bike for it's crossover appeal.
Heres my question.
What "stock" bike is best set up to grow into. I don't want a "beginner" bike but I don't want to be a newbie with a million dollar bike either. I am in good shape and tend to pick up things fast and I am really enthusiastic about this. I have done quite a bit of searching and I think I am choosing between a --Redline Conquest Pro-- Bianchi Axis-- Trek XO 1.....
I plan on doing a bunch of 50 miles+ trips on the bike....basically I will be on road 80% and racing 20%. I hear people talking about "the geometry" and that doesn't make much sense to me. I am sure it will make sense in the future but for now I just need to know which of these bikes is the best choice for me. Do I just take a pick one and learn from my mistake or what? I am not concerned about "cool factors" or pretty paint jobs. Just the most comfortable, dependable bike. I am pretty sure that I want an aluminum frame even though the ride may be a bit more uncomfortable compared to steel.
Is the bianchi a better pick because it has a 3 ring crank? Why does the Redline cost 200 buck more than the Trek? Could anyone give me their ideas on picking my first "real" bike.
If anyone made it this far I thank you ahead of time for your opinion.