My bike got stolen so I'm replacing it with a bike more suited for road riding. I'm coming from a hardtail mountain bike but since 80% of my riding is on pavement, I'm leaning toward a cyclocross. I don't intend to tour or race. I'd simply like to zip past the college students riding their mountain bikes on the road but still hit the dirt trails. I assume a cyclocross is the way to go then?
LBS's have in my price range
2006 Specialized Tricross Sport $1100 - this shop charges full retail for everything
2006 Bianchi Axis $1000 - on sale at a shop 1.5 hours away
2007 Kona Jake the Snake $1200 - need to order/can't seem to find much opinions on this new model
Which would you take and why?
I've test ridden the tricross because it's the only one actually here. I like it but the shifting was disappointing, not as snickety-snick as the xt on my old mtb; Is there a big difference between tiagra on the tricross/axis and 105 on the jts?