So I'm "in the market" for a cyclocross bike but I'm not really sure what to be looking at. I want something that will be good for racing and gravel riding, but also for commuting and random trips to places.For some reason, I don't really like the look of the Specialized/Giant/Trek models, which seem to be a bit overdone for how I'll be using it. I like simple.
I am looking at a black Surly Cross Check and a black Diamondback Steliacoom RCX. I like all black a lot, but it's not a requirement. Price range up to $1,200, but cheaper is preferred. Any suggestions?