I am fairly new to biking. I do 20 miles a day currently on a beach cruiser because I live half the time in Florida and that is all I have. I am buying a cyclocross bike because I need a bike that will do light trails that are packed sand and shell in nature preserves in Florida and also big hills on asphalt highways in Austin Texas. I want to to some road riding for long distances on hilly standard american roads and some improved trail riding, where the trail is compact and even. I like the idea of durability and I need the wider wheel than your typical road bike as the thin wills slip on sand. I need the bike for both purposes so the cross bike suits my needs and I love the way it feels ( reminds me of my old Raleigh in 1980). Anyway, I have narrowed it down to bikes. Could anyone give me feedback based on my stated needs(which do not actually include the actual sport. Here are the bikes I am considering. I am trying to compare the Surly Cross Check '12 to the Specialized Crux Elite "11. The Surly is list price complete (1150), and the Specialized Crux Elite is on sale from 1450 down to $999 since it is the "11" model.