There's a similar thread in the Road Bike forum which has been going on for a few years, but I didn't see one like that for this forum... so here goes.
I'm looking for a bargain on a cyclocross bike. Not that I think I'll ever do a cyclocross race, but because: (1) you can tour on a cyclocross bike if he has the eyelets and brazeons for racks, (2) a cross bike should be tougher than any road bike, (3) I can run wide tires if I want to. What cross bike can be had for under $800? Or is $800 ridiculously low? In the roadbike arena, there are lots of $700 bikes worth riding (Trek 1000, Specialized Allez, for example) -- not that their higher priced big brothers aren't preferrable for those who can afford them. What's available at the cheap end for cross?