I spent $2700. Very comfy frame. Totally weak brakes. Tires, you must be joking.
I've had four flats in ca. 600 mi, one silica road-sand spicule trying to ride the bike lane, three goathead thorns bike-lane, off bike-lane. Not even close to acceptable. I'm installing Schwalbe Dureme tires, this evening. I have Spec Armadillos on my MTB, excellent, Nokian studs for ice, excellent, Conti GP 4000 23s, excellent.
I knew a long time ago Mike Sinyard was a trader, not a bike builder. He pissed Gary Fisher and Tom Ritchey by buying their bikes, then sending them to Japan to copycat. Nevertheless, I have bought 4 of his company's bikes.
I bought his company's latest CX bike because the geometry fit me better than a Ridley, although Competitive Cyclist had a really better price, component-per-component.
These Captain CX tires are crap, at least for my riding.
The brakes are totally weak.
I've had to rescrew the FSA crank three times since November because it released from the spindle.
Competitive Cyclist was selling a way better bike last fall, Ridley, with Force, except the top-tube was too high for me. I really wanted to buy from them
The Spec carbon frame/fork are really comfy, and I love the geometry. But the components are totally cheap-out, IMHO, for a $2700 bike. I mean, I don't have an objection to upgrading, but at $2700, I don't think you should need to, just for tooling around, like I do. Cranks that stay in place, brakes that stop going downhill, tires that can take going over average puncturing stuff, kind of things.