Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: living in the moment
Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
the axis and the jake are of pretty equivalent quality. i think the kona has a better frame [easton ultralite], but the bianchi has a carbon fork, which makes the ride smoother. i prefer the kona's rear gearing [it's a roadie 12-25], but the bianchi's mtb gearing would be good for climbing walls.
the truth is that these bikes -- along with the fuji cross -- are about the best values on the market. full shimano 105 or equivalent with really good frames.
i ride and race a kona major jake frame [same as this year's jake] with campy components, and i find the bike to be both bombproof and light... and nimble; you have no idea how much fun a cross bike can be.
take both bikes for test rides and buy the one that sings to you. if they both sing, go for colour.