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Location: Beaverton, OR
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I don't know anything about the Scott that you can't see on the web page you linked to. I don't think 20 pounds is bad for a CX bike. The weight comes partly from the wheels (32 spokes, color on the spokes, color on the rims), partly from the tires (~520 grams each) and, I would guess, partly from the frame being a bit beefier (i.e. bigger tubes) than a road racing bike.
I don't see eyelets for fenders on the Scott CX Team, but I do see them on the Scott CX Comp. Generally, you'll find that there is a spectrum in CX bikes between those built for racing and those that make good all-purpose/commuting bikes. More expensive CX bikes tend to be more racing oriented and so you lose things like fender eyelets and braze-ons for racks and even water bottles as you go up the scale. Of course, you can put fenders and racks on any bike with the right after-market hardware, but frankly I think in most cases if you want an all-around bike, you're better off with one that's less race-oriented anyway.
I bought a base-model Kona Jake, and it has been great for commuting. I upgraded the components to Ultegra 6600 stuff, but that was really unnecessary. About six months after buying it as a commuter, I tried CX racing and discovered (a) CX racing is insanely fun, (b) I'm really bad at it and (c) the Kona Jake is more than good enough for me to race with, even before the Ultegra upgrades. In fact, every time I crash in a race I find myself thinking I should put the Tiagra stuff back on until spring.
Given what you've said you plan to use the bike for, I would suggest that you consider the next level down across the board on the brands you're looking at. Also, add the Kona Jake/Jake the Snake, Soma Double Cross and Surly Cross Check to your list. And of course, anything you can ride before you buy is a big plus.