Originally Posted by knobster
I've found that a typical $1k road bike is really no more lighter than a $1k cross bike. My Specialized Tricross comes in at about 20lbs. It's a pretty beefy frame and has a very beefy carbon fork. But this is a $2k bike. I would say a $2k road bike is probably 2 to 3 lbs lighter than a $2k cross bike. Not much when you're not racing.
Dear nooladno: I second the motion. I have been owned
by Tricross Comp for about 4 months after riding a big-box special, and still can not get over how stable and maneuverable it is at low speed, when I need to time red light or ride around the car at the side street. That said, Tricrosses run tall for the size declared, which suits my body type just fine. I do need shorter top tube.
Weight issue - as long as I can lift it to the back of my car, I am not going to worry about 2 to 3 lb either way. This bike engine can stand to lose 10 times that much. Priorities, people, priorities....
When I ride, I do not go after every pothole in town, but not afraid of them either. That leaves me free to watch out for the big, bad vehicles instead of cracks and pits to save the rims. With racks attached it is a perfect fast commuter - 18-20 on city street.
Have bike fitted. My entire body felt like Gothic vault - springy, elastic arches across my core, from hand to hand, hand to foot, foot to foot, no pressure points, no strain, all perfectly balanced. I floated over it, I felt like I can steer the bike by mental effort alone. OK, by tilting the head
That said, when having to choose between two sizes, go by upper body comfort.
Have fun and Good Luck