Hi, this is my first post on this forum -- hopefully I'm not breaking any rules. I'm looking to replace my old (1989) mountain bike and a cyclocross seems like the right type of bike for me. I want to be able to do some roadwork as well as take the light trails around here (suburban chicago). I have been looking to spend significantly less, but a couple of the local bike stores slash crack dealers have had me ride the Specialized Expert, since it was available in a size that would work for me (54 and 56). I love the bike! But list on an '07 is $2200, which is way more than I am looking to spend. I'd be real happy with a used one in good shape, or a new leftover if it was priced very aggressively. But I haven't really seen any yet. I've been scanning the local craigslist, where I sold my old bike (yeah!), but it's tough to find something so specific in a used bike. I've also looked at ebay, w/o a lot of luck in my first week of lusting.
So, anyone have any good ideas of where to look, or what would constitute a smoking buy if I saw it? Either new or gently used would be fine. Thanks!