I am just getting started in this world of cycling,or rather, I am now ready to get serious about the idea of cycling. As a kid I used to have a Huffy bicycle and it was great fun and I have had few others since then as well. I currently own a Mongoose 460 Hybrid that I have had for nearly ten years now. I used to ride often but had gotten away from it as with all of the demands of life dictating. My love for cycling, however, has never died and now I am interested in purchasing a quality bike in the price range of $1500-$2000. I have been looking at some of the "fitness bikes" out on the market because they seem to be a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike and faster than a hybrid. I would like to find a quality bike that I can commute between classes and home own (10 miles round-trip). The Trek 7.7fx is the bike that I have test rode and been leaning towards,but I am open to any suggestions to test ride at this point.
I have been doing some research, however, on the cyclocross bikes and it does look like something I might be really be interested in. Having said that, are there any particular brands or models of cyclocross bikes that are most popular and why?
Thanks for all of your help,