I went into my LBS today to ask about getting a cyclocross. I commute to work (10 miles each way) and here are some of the points the employee said:
1) The wider tires 25-32cm (with Gatorskins or other flat reducing tire) in comparison to 23cm, will not get less pinch flats in potholes if tires are inflated correctly. Also they might get more regular flats since they have more chance of picking up sharp object b/cuz of increased surface area.
2) If you have the right fit, wider tires on similar priced new bikes, will not give you any more control in cornering (or amongst cars in traffic)
3) Unless you have a need to go offroad or put on racks (I use a backpack) then there is absolutely no need to get a cyclocross as a commuter, for the same price, they are not any more durable and slower then equivalent quailty road bikes.
I was honestly a little taken aback by the insistence of this guy to talk me out of a cyclocross for commuting. I ride on bike path and city streets of varriying quality and traffic. Does anyone know if there are higher profit margins on road bikes vs cx? Also any thoughts on the points above. I want less flats, comfort, control and speed. (Obviously I would be riding with slicks)