I'm in the market for a new bike and was originally thinking road bike but have now settled on Cyclocross. I do a lot of trail riding where road bikes simply wouldn't work out and the guy at the bike store recommended cyclocross for the riding I'm mostly doing. I'm not thinking about getting into Cyclocross competitively right now, but perhaps I will in the future. Mostly I'm wanting to find an affordable cyclocross bike that will be a lighter, faster, generally better version than the Trek Rincon Mountain Bike I've got right now.
The cheapest Cyclocross bike I've found at the local bikeshops around me is this Giant selling for $999. It's listed here.
I wasn't excited about the price as I came into the store not wanting to spend much more than $800 so I walked away pretty dejected. Then today I discovered this cyclocross bike on Amazon and am pretty impressed with it. As far as I can tell it's got a very similar part set to the Giant and has a better fork (Carbon vs. Aluminum, I believe Carbon is better right?) and it's 350 dollars cheaper! Here it is
I'm really close to buying the Diamondback but wanted to ask the experts if I'm missing anything. Is there anything that a pretty casual trail rider (not racer) would regret about buying the cheaper Diamondback versus the Giant? Wish I could support the local store but this price difference is crazy.