The short question: how would a Bianchi Axis be for a century?
The longer version: I've been torn for a long time whether to get a road bike or a cyclocross bike (I've been riding for about a year now on a hardtail, commuting and doing trails of moderate difficulty) -- but my primary use will still be commuting on roads of varying quality. on the other hand, I would like to do a century one of these days.
are cyclocross bikes REALLY all that different in ride quality from road bikes? in reading the searches on this forum, I've read that one guy uses his Litespeed Appalachian for all his road riding and someone else wouldn't dream of doing a century on a 'cross. taking individual pref into account, how different can something like an axis really be from road bikes, esp with road tires swapped in? now, I'm not talking about racing here, just commuting and eventually someday those 50-60-75-100 mile rides.
(one last note: I've just started looking for my new bike, so I'm still waiting to see what feels right under me when I actually get fitted correctly. IOW, I'm not stuck on the axis, I just like the looks of it.)