Ok so I am thinking of getting a CX bike for fire road riding...no actual CX racing...well not for now anyway.
So I am looking at 2 bikes at the LBS and a bike from bikesdirect.com Bikes at LBS are the Specialized Tricross Sport and the Felt F1X...the choice there seems pretty clear in that the felt has the double that I would prefer, 105 ten speed and probably better wheels for only a couple hundred more...the issue is as it always is the bikesdirect.com option. The Fantom Cross PRO has Ultegra vs 105 and better bar, stem...for a couple hundred less (I would pay about $1300 for the F1X after tax). I build most of my own bikes so that isn't an issue with the Moto...and I already have a bike built up on a Bottecchia frame so the BD stigma isn't an issue either.
But there is this nagging I should buy a bike form the LBS feeling...and the F1X may (?) have the better frame.