Join Date: Nov 2008
Bikes: Sterling Road bike, Chromolly Specialized Allez, Bianchi was given to me don't know model
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As long as your not too much closer to riding a 54 than a 58 you should be able to put on a stem that's 20 mil shorter than the current one and the reach would be exactly the same as a 56. The Kona Jake the Snake is easily the best option of the bikes your looking at, I would definitely ride it first, but if it doesn't feel too big that would be the way to go.
As far as your being torn between cyclocross and hybrid, unless you plan on strictly relaxed trails, cyclocross is the way to go. With a change of tires it becomes a functional road bike, with racks and fenders it becomes a very serviceable touring or commuting bike, and if you like riding it as is, it has the perfect fusion of comfort and performance. A hybrid bike might be a bit more comfortable, but by no means is a cross bike uncomfortable, and I really don't see any other advantage you would have by going with a hybrid.