So this is another one of those I'm new to cyclocross and need advice about what bike to get questions. Feel free to ignore me if these threads get annoying but hopefully you guys are more helpful than the ssfg guys.
So I want a cx bike that will be used for attempting racing this fall but also for recreational rides and maybe a century. I'm thinking aluminum because I want the bike on the lighter side (hopefully not more than 22 or 23 lbs) and from my understanding aluminum with a carbon fork won't be much harsher than a steel rig (is this right?).
My budget tops out at about $1300. So far I've been considering the Bianchi Axis which I can get for $1200 and also the Motobecane Phantom Pro. I'm leaning slightly toward the Bianch because I like to support my lbs and have them support me with tune ups and the like. Are there other bikes I should be seriously considering? Are there other relevant factors that I've left out?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.