I am thinking about getting a 'cross bike for doing road rides and light trail riding with. I currently do all my riding on a MTB and want something I can go faster with yet will hold up to the occasional off road excursion and have tires with tread on them as I have watched more than one rider on a road bike lose it in anything over dry pavement.
I have a budget of $1500 tops for a complete bike as all of my 2008 discretionary funds are sunk into a MTB build. So any suggestions would be appreciated. I have already looked at Fuji bikes and their Cross Comp falls nicely into my price range.