Howdy all! I've seen two bikes at the Performance site I thought were interesting.
The Mongoose Croix Elite sports a Rival groupset and comes in at $1299. The Mongoose Croix Comp has a Tiagra groupset (though a 2200 fd, which surprised me). Both state that the frames have disc tabs. While it won't matter right now I will want disc brakes by next winter. I'm in Northeast Ohio and the snow/ice/slush is pretty rough.
Anyone have any experience with Mongoose road bikes or cyclocross bikes? I've never seen these two at either of my local shops. I wonder if I could have them order it and assemble it. The Croix Comp is quite cheap, though I'd probably want to replace the front derailleur. It's similarly spec'ed to the Redline Conquest, which would cost me $1200 locally.
Anyone have any feedback or warnings? Performance will also sell me a Fuji Cross Comp for $810, which is certainly a better buy, but it lacks disc tabs. I'd kill for a Lemond Poprad but the only one in my size locally is $1499 and I won't go that high.
Don't forget they've currently got a 10% off coupon, though I'm not sure if I could get the local shop to match that. It's so much cheaper than my other LBS', and this will be my commuter. I've already got a Madone. I can't splurge on this one.