thanks for the feedback. much appreciated. yo, captmatt - the paint is growing on me with the redline. it's a good look, a solid 2nd place!
also, good point sfcrossrider about the carbon fork. that is a nice upgrade.
i'm yet to decide, which bike - there are too many damn options in cyclocross, but i'll pick something up this weekend. thought i had narrowed it down, but there's always yet another bike to test ride.
someone's gotta start a straight up vote on all bikes within a certain bike range, for racing that is. it would be interesting to see the results.