So, I'm in the Army stationed in DEEP Bavaria looking for a cross bike. My road bike disappeared while refilling my H2O at a 7-11 in Phoenix before I got orders to Germany. I figured hey, I'd been waiting for an excuse to get into 'cross (and a new bike) so although I was full of dispair I took it as a sign from God. Orders came for Europe and I knew God was on my side...cross started in Europe...right?? Or not. My plan to buy a European cross bike has hit more roadblocks than a Bagdhad freeway.
I've been to no less than 27 bike stores from Nuerenberg to Amberg to Frankfurt, and every dealer tries to sell me a fitness bike. I did find a dealer that called Trek directly looking for the XO1, that he didn't believe existed, and Trek told him it wasn't available in Europe. I also found one really little shop that offered to build a bike for me with a price tag of $2100. Other than that, no one has even heard of a cross bike.
I'm hesitant to buy a used bike from Ebay without riding a cross bike first, and dumping all the cash into a new bike again without riding it seems ignorant.
Bottom line: Does anyone know a good source for 'cross bikes in Germany, Northern Italy, Austria or (in some strange exchange rate fantasy) the Czech Republic?