For the new year my wife and I decided to start getting into better shape together and we decided that riding bikes would be something we would really enjoy doing together. We have started to look at the all the different kind of bikes out there and came to the conclusion that a cyclocross bike would be good because we could ride on roads and also trails. We visited a couple bike shops to ask some questions and check out all the different brands and bikes and now we are in information overload.
Since we are buying two bikes we don't have a very big budget to work with and most of the bikes that were recommended to us cost the entire budget we had for two for just one bike. We are really not looking to race or anything like that right now but in the future if we really enjoy it we could always upgrade to better bikes.
Reading around I keep reading that for component group Shimano Tiagra or 105 is the way to go and to keep away from Sora but all bikes we saw with Tiagra or 105 were a lot more than what we want to pay right now. So I have been thinking about just getting something with a nice frame where we could always upgrade to a higher group down the road in a year or so. I saw that ebay has complete Ultegra 6700 groups.
One of the bikes that caught our eye was the Redline Conquest Sport which has a Shimano 2300 group but I don't know what kind it really is because the Shimano website does not list a 2300 but they do have a 2200 which I am guessing is even lower than Sora. Does the Redline have a good frame that would be worth upgrading down the line? Are there any other bikes in that range that you guys could recommend? I don't know if what I am asking makes much sense so please bear with me as I am completely new to this sport. Ohh and as far as budget we wanted to stay in the $1500 range for both bikes which is what the Conquest Sport falls under ($700ea).