New to these forums. I might be getting a CX bike (2011 Giant TCX1) soon (maybe, maybe not, depending on how things go with the LBS's return policy - long story, won't get into it here).
Should I end up getting this bike (though I'm hoping I won't be obligated to), I'd like your thoughts on what I might be getting into and what I could expect. I'm having some trepidation about it because not only do I need the money I paid for something else now (life happens), but I'm used to hardtail MTBs; in addition, I have some wrist and other joint issues that, upon reflecting on, I've realized may not take kindly to a rough beating from a rigid frame.
I'm not a hardcore trail rider; I just like to go with what's around in my area: A mix of up and down hills, mostly narrow trails, some woodchips, definitely a fair number of roots, and some rocks and slippy conditions to boot.
My current bike is a 30 pound-ish Giant Revel 0 hardtail. Having no better MTB to compare it to, I'd say it does a nice enough job in the aforementioned conditions. But it really gets sluggish on long road rides, especially when there are a lot of hills to climb. That's why I got the TCX1 (cyclocross).
However, now I'm concerned about how much of a beating my body - especially my back, wrists and - would take on this rigid frame - both on the trails I described, and over longer stretches of less-than-smooth road, gravel, potholes, etc.
If I can actually get my money back and not leave the store with the cyclocross bike I will - but if it came down to getting it, could you all offer me some pointers, reassurance and general ideas and suggestions about what I might expect and perhaps what I should and shouldn't do to make for a painless ride?
Thanking you kindly.