Hello all! First time poster, but been reviewing the forums until the wee hours of the morning for about a month straight. I currently ride an old Trek 820 MB with slicks on it. I'm getting into biking more and want more of a road feel. Not going road bike because I primarily ride paved/gravel bike paths and live in a hilly section of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lots or branches and random junk on road.
Going with BD because of their taller bikes. I am 6'7" with a 36-37" inseam. I'm a bigger guy (300 lb - Down from 313), so a CX bike seems a bit better built than a pure road bike.
I plan on riding around 100 miles a week for fitness purposes, but I will also being do my first sprint tri coming up.
What are your recommendations? (I am a gearhead and love to tinker with stuff, so no issue with putting it together.)
Narrowed it down to 3 choices:
Motobecane Fantom CX - $499 ($463 when ordered on eBay with Bing CB)
Pros: Cheap; avalible in 64cm frame; triple crank
Cons: Sora shifters; ChroMo fork; cheaper overall componets
Motobecaone Fantom Cross - $799 ($739 when ordered on eBay with Bing CB)
Pros: Avalible in 64cm frame; CF fork; Vuela wheels; Tiagra shifters;
Cons: More $$
Windsor Cyclo - $795 (Not offered on eBay)
Pros: Ultegra RD; Better crankset; CF fork; 105 shifters
Cons: Most $$; only in 61cm frame
P.S. - I know I haven't posted alot, but I really need advice...I am not a BD fanboy...