Hi everyone, first post here. I have been lurking for several weeks while I decided; a) what type bike to get (road vs. cx) and now, b) what bike to get.
First a little about me. I am 6'-4", 240lbs. I am a division I collegiate athlete that has fallen out of "game shape" and am looking to get back. A few weeks ago I went on a road ride with some friends and really loved it. I live in Southern California and plan on riding year round, on 90% roads with some off roading thrown in (there are some great trails around here. I do like the idea of at least having the option). Beyond that I also plan on commuting a few days per week (10 miles each way, urban).
Being that most of my rides will be roadies, I originally thought about getting a pure road bike, but have since decided to get a cyclocross bike. Being that I am a big guy, I want a relatively strong frame. While a CX frame will be heavier than a roadie, I think ~22lbs will be fine for my needs. I do plan on getting some 25 tires to use for my everyday needs. I will probably change the gearing to be more on par with that of a roadie.
(all that being said, if anyone REALLY thinks a CX bike is a mistake and I should get a road bike, dont be afraid to speak up)
Ok, now to the bikes. I have been in and out of several of my LBS and spent a lot of time talking to them about componetry and my needs. I have basically narrowed it down to:
Fuji Cross Comp
Motobecane Phantom Pro
I know they are very similar, which is part of the reason why I am having a hard time deciding. My LBS can order me the Fuji for $950 so it ends up being nearly the exact same price as the Phantom Pro. Now I know the Phantom Pro has nicer components, but I like that the Fuji will be bought locally, since I dont know much about bikes and will likely need help with some questions. That being said, I plan on buying pedals, shoes, tires, a computer and eventually new gearing from the LBS, so I doubt they'll mind helping.
What do you guys recommend? Since I plan on doing some substantial road rides, will the upgraded components make a big difference? This will be my only bike and needs last me for a few years so its an important decision.
Please help this newbie find his way!