I'm finally pretty close to choosing the right bike but I'm just curious what the cyclocross riders think about a cx bike being better than a road racing bike for me.
There are some pretty rough roads where I live, and I have no intention of ever racing road bikes. For this reason, and the more upright position of a cyclocross bike, I think it makes more sense for me. I also think touring bikes tend to be more upright (like cyclocross) but heavier than cyclocross (and many touring bikes seem to have shifters on the bar-ends which doesn't appeal to me).
For someone who probably won't ever race, and has back issues (nothing serious), is the cyclocross probably the best choice? Are road bikes overkill for someone like me who cares about durability (even if it means an extra lb or 2 in bike weight), knows the roads aren't great in my area, would like to attach a rear rack occasionally (I've found a bike that can do this), and likes the extra brake levers on the top of the bars?
If I never plan to take the bike off-road, should I consider a touring bike more? (I probably would take it off-road if I thought it could handle a smoother/clearer mtn bike trail but I don't think a cyclocross bike would last very long doing that, so I have my hardtail mtn bike for that stuff).
I guess one other question would be - I noticed a lot of good reviews on a ti Motobecane (but they're sold out right now - http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._pro_ti_xi.htm). Would the ride quality be that different between that ti frame and the aluminum of the Fantom Cross Team (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ss_team_al.htm) considering both have a carbon fork and are designed for wider tires? Is durability the main advantage in that case? Or would the ti frame significantly improve the ability to dampen vibration?
edit: Also in case anyone has suggestions on specific bikes, I've realized as I've shopped that bikes without rear rack mounts are not very appealing to me, even though I may not use it every ride. And as much as I liked the way carbon road bikes I've tried have felt, I'm scared by the idea of failure that can't be predicted. I've never known anyone that had this happen but it seems to be a serious fear of a lot of riders and I feel like it would be on my mind if I went carbon (plus I'd probably have no option for a rear rack w/ carbon).