I'm usually a poster in C&V forums. However, there are plenty of poor-condition roads/paths on which I'd rather not ride my classic Italian bikes. I could also use a rain/bad weather bike. I'm hoping one of you guys who lives and breathes cyclocross will be able to identify a frame that meets my requirements.
Ideally, I'm looking for something like the Salsa La Cruz (no longer in production)…steel frame, not so much of a slope to the top tube (in fact, I'd prefer no slope), no suspension, and room for 700c x 28 tires. I'm one of those guys who thinks a high quality steel frames provides a better ride than aluminum…therefore, a frame made of aluminum or any aluminum alloy is probably a non-starter, even if it has a carbon fork. If size comes into play…I'm 6'2, 190lbs. I'm flexible on brakes (disc versus cantilever) and hub width (130mm versus 135mm).
One final fact is that I happen to already own a pair of Chris King hubs that I could apply to this project (135mm disc brake version), so those features on a high quality steel cyclocross frame could be appealing. BTW, after more than 1,500 miles, these hubs still don't spin freely…I've had them serviced, which resulted in no improvement. As a result, I don't think these things will ever spin freely…maybe they weren't intended to…so I'm not too attached to them.
BTW, is a 135mm hub spacing considered cyclocross? Or is cyclocross purely 130mm?
Thanks for any helpful input.