I am a deployed Soldier serving in Iraq and I was in the market for a new road bike. I had a post over in the Road Bike section, through research I found out that a CX bike would be the best bet for me at this time. I am serving in Iraq and my base has miles and miles of blacktop. However there are pebbles and sand everywhere. I don't want to pay a grand for a roadie and risk messing up the rims and drive train. More than a couple people turned me to a CX. I have a good mountain bike back home but I wanted to get into Road riding. But I like the flexibility that a CX gives me.
Is this a good starter CX for my current conditions.
Thanks in advance