Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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Some cyclocross bikes have a more relaxed, versatile riding geometry, and some have a more straight forward, race geometry. Generally at your price range, the bike you would find would be of the former, not the latter. On average, bike shops don't carry as many varieties or brands of 'cross bikes like they do with road or mountain bikes, so shop around to every shop you can reasonably find and test ride whatever they have rather than just going by brand name alone.