I'm not a cross racer and probably won't be.
I'm a road rider. But...
In the winter I sometimes run into snow an slush in the shaded areas on my 20-55 mile rides.
I don't like the thought of getting my steel frame sloppy wet because I can't trust myself to thoroughly clean it up right afterwards.
There are a lot of beat up roads and dirt roads in my area to explore.
I have a 6-mile commute on less-than-perfect roads.
I'm not a fan of flat bars.
If I had a cross bike, I might just try a cross race.
My fit is more suited to a longer head tube (not a racer!).
I'm looking at the Salsa Chili Con Crosso. Since I also do a little fixed riding, I find the swappable dropouts appealing.
Does the Salsa offer a roadie-friendly ride and should I consider anything else?