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help me choose a bike
this is my first post after a couple days of lurking, so hello!
i am looking for a new bike to replace my old roadie/commuter. i want a bike that is versatile and can accept different wheelsets for road and trail. and i also would like it to be capable of touring. my budget ends at about $600 and i have been looking for good deals in the classifieds and whatnot. here is what ive found so far, id love to get some feedback:
cannondale y2k xr800 w/105 - $650
soma 2002 double cross w/ 105 shifters, tiagra derailleurs + sugino xd crankset
kona 2002 jake the snake w/ 105 - $650
which frame is the most quality? which is the best deal?
here are my thoughts: since i want it to be a commuter/road bike 80% of the time, the soma frame is more ideal since the dale and kona frames have shorter tts. i havent been able to try either of them but from looking at the specs they dont seem right. i am 6'1" and my inseam is 34". i think that means i should ride the 56cm cannondale frame or the 58cm kona or soma frames (which are the respective sizes of the three bikes i have found). the top tube of a 58cm dale or kona frame would tickle my danglies
anyway, what do you all think? suggestions/advice appreciated.