So, I've been shopping for a bike for about a month now. LBS test rides, hours on bikesdirect.com, Google research on componentry, the works. Having been sized at a tweener 57 cm, I figured I was relegated to a smaller 56 as I like the aggressive fit. I had ruled out cross bikes a while ago basically because of the cost/component ratio.
I was shopping for possibly the cheapest item on performancebike.com this morning, the polyprpelene glove liners (soo much better than the fleece ones), and on a whim decided to check out the bike sale. I was in the local Performance yesterday (out of the glove liners), and the bike selection was like walking through a ghost town. You know, crickets chirping, tumbleweeds, wind whistling.
Anyhoo, found a deal on the Scattante (have read the reviews on some other Scattante models over the years - not too bad), 57 cm, 105 FD/RD/shifters, estimated 21 lbs (I'll give 3 lbs to be generous on this), 10% off, plus Team Performance bucks - $899, down from $1,499.
Quite frankly, for the BD equivalent I'm getting better components, plus a shop here in town that will support the bike for life. I won't even mention how much less expensive this is that the other LBS models with Sora/Tiagra.
Can't freakin' wait to get it. Oh, and greetings to the 'cross forum. Posted in here a few times, but now I have a reason...