Just looking for a few opinions from people more knowledgeable than I. I'm 52 years old, but in pretty good shape. 5' 9", 160 lbs. I've been riding an inexpensive, old mountain bike for years, but that's just because I've been too cheap to get what I really want. I do about 75% roads (including a few big hills), 20% trails, and maybe 5% moutain bike terrain. When on the road, my rides can be anywhere from 10 miles to 40, and I like to move as fast as I can. One other thing - I'm in Vancouver, Canada, so I wouldn't mind being able to bike in the occasional rain shower. I want a bike more suited to my style, and I think a cyclocross is it.
I can't justify spending much more than $1000 on a bike. I'm ultimately going to go to a couple of the reputable nearby bike shops to get properly fitted, but I thought I'd ask here first: Given my physical makeup and riding preferences and conditions, price point, etc., is there anyone out there who might be able to suggest a bike that would really work for me. Have been considering the Kona Jake, Norco CCX2, Surly Cross-Check amongst a couple others. Any knowledgeable opinions would be most welcome. Thank-you in advance.