Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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While both of the bikes are excellent quality bikes for the money and thier purposes. the Cannondale is not the bike for you (and I say this as an owner of the bike).
This is because, as somebody mentioned earlier, the Cannondale is a cyclocross racing bike, pure plain and simple. The addition of eyelets for touring racks is a pointless addition to the bike. The bike is stiff and snappy, great for racers and experienced roadies using it for off-season training, but would come across as harsh and unforgiving for what you're looking for. I personally enjoy the bike and its ride, but then again, I'm a scrawny kinda guy who is used to stiff bikes and I beat this thing up CX style.
I would say to test ride both bikes first, and make the decision for yourself.