Join Date: Jun 2006
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Take a good look at the Scott. It doesn't look like the frame or fork has clearance for knobby CX tires. You can do a side-by-side and pay attention to the distance between the bottom of the head-tube and the top of the tire. You can see how the Volpe has quite a bit more clearance. It's more difficult to tell at the seat- and chain-stays. The Scott also has a triple crankset. When you get in goopy mud, that extra chainring is a liability. Many cyclocrossers convert to a SINGLE chainring as shifting is really fairly minimal compared to other types of riding. (I know-- i rode my MTB my first season of CX and the triple crank just gummed up with mud and ceased functioning!)
Also, you'll be paying more for the Bianchi brand-name, despite the fact that most of their frames are made in TAIWAN!
When i was shopping for a 'cross bike (for actual cyclocross racing) i noticed that Bianchis were significantly more than similarly spec'd competitors.
In the final analysis-- a "hybrid" is really designed with pavement in mind, despite the presence of canti brakes. The bike it doubtless aimed at touring. A cyclocross bike is designed with ALL surfaces in mind. pavement, dirt, grass, mud, mud, mud, snow, whatever.
If you're going to race 'cross, get a 'cross bike. If you just want a touring/commuter bike, get a hybrid.