I've decided it's time to add a more multi-purpose style bike to my stable in addition to my road and mountain bikes. The seemingly perfect mix is obviously a cross bike. While I haven't raced cross, I have the aspirations to do so one day. My current uses for the bike would be a mix of commute, gravel century rides, and possibly some occassional single track or just general exploring type rides.
I really love the La Cruz and the spec of the bike is pretty sweet. The cost is quite a bit higher than what I can get an Axis for. Is the ride of the steel La Cruz bike going to be that much better than the Aluminum Bianchi? The only bike I can test ride locally is the Axis so that leaves me short on being able to put in my own input on the ride differences.
I'd love some opinions on either bike and even better if someone has ridden both.