Hello everyone, Im new to the form but have been lurking here for a few days. I live in downtown Santa Barbara, CA and commute the 10 mile ride out to UCSB and back as much as I can.
I currently have a early 2000's Bianchi Eros that is tad too small and some of the components are starting to go. I've had a few people ride it and I and others agree that it is an uncanny how slow the bike is (but maybe I'm just a weak rider...whatever). Anyway I've been looking at new bikes and thinking about a CX. Its mainly for road commuting but the roads are crappy, there is some hard dirt areas to ride on and I want the versatility of wider tires (weather, weight etc). My price range is 1000.00-2000.00 and my preferences are speed, comfort, quality in that order I guess.
1) I have two LBS...one specializes in Treks, Giant, Jamis, the other in Scott, Kona, and Marin. I know the Kona JTS gets a lot of love here...why do people like them? Also anyone have any experience with the Treks?
2) I seem to get a lot of flats on this ride even with 700x23 Conti Gatorskins. I've gone 550 miles without a flat which obviously is nothing great. Im looking for opinions on 28mm vs 33mm and speed tradeoff vs flats (I'll definitely be getting some of the better flat resistance slicks.) and tire types.
3) What are the upgrades you typically get by going from 1200 -1400 -1600.00 etc...
Any help would be great....feel free to throw anything else out there that might be usefull.