How much better are today's CX bikes than older styled bikes? If a crosser was to try a good 80's or 90's bike, say, would they place a lot worse? What would be the major breakthru areas? (I'm guessing carbon compact frames -- anything next-most relevant? I'd guess a light alum compact frame...)
Is there a good value bike and wheelset that keeps the great performance of modern gear while being available on 2nd-hand market at an affordable price?
I was thinking maybe a Giant TCR with deep dish bladed spoke sewup wheels (don't know what brand).
I'm looking to get as much bang for buck as I can in, say, a lightly used early-oughts bike/wheelset.