Cross Check vs X-ray
For kicks, let's just imagine that I could get a new Surly Cross Check complete bike (budget build) for $700. I could also get an Ibex X-ray for $600. (Mail order and self assembly required is not a big issue for me)
I'm familiar w/ the main differences between the two -- steel vs alum, bar ends vs sora brifters, tiagra vs sora etc. But without an intimate first hand knowledge of some of the other components - wheels, headsets, BBs , brakes, etc. I just can't effectively do the mental algebra to figure out which is a better deal.
Those of you with a longer history in cx might know better than me- so I'd appreciate any input.