I am looking for some advice on my first cyclocross/commuter bike. I have owned BMX or MTB all of my life and feel a road or touring bike would be too delicate for me. I am planning on commuting 40km RT in Metro Vancouver (hilly and often wet). I am in my mid 30s, 510, 30 inseam and 180lbs. I have a young family so I havent been as active as I have in the past. Commuting is part of my plan to change that.
After doing more research on the Internet than I care to admit to my employer, I have come up with the following shortlist:
Devinci Tosca SL2 Brand was recommend by a friend who rides MTB
Kona Jake the Snake Seems like a great overall value
Jamis Nova Pro Seems like a very popular bike
Surly Crosscheck Customers appear to be very loyal to the brand; they must be doing something right!
I want something I can put a light, fenders, rack and panniers on. I may possibly want a computer and front disc brake in the future.
I would really appreciate any feedback on my list along with sizing recommendations.