I need a new bike to use for riding around city streets and off-road trails. I have been looking at cyclocross bikes because they seem to be very versatile and capable. I have narrowed it down to the Kona Jake and the Bianchi Volpe. I ride frequently, up and down a lot of hills, and in both wet and dry weather. Which bike should I buy?
Some obvious differences-
The Volpe has a steel frame... The Jake's is aluminum.
The Volpe has cantilever brakes... The Jake has disc brakes.
There are obviously other differences as well.
The Volpe- www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/road/steel/volpe/
The Jake- http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=jake