I usually hang out in the 50+ forum but was hoping some of you might have some CycloCross ideas for me:
I am thinking of getting a cyclocross -- not to race but for use on the Limestone/Gravel/Asphalt rails-to-trails that I usually ride on. I already have a Trek DS hybrid and a road bike but wanted to get a lighter, quicker ride (the road bike will handle the trails, but doesn't do well on the rough stuff).
I was looking for a sub $2K bike with a triple chain ring and disk brakes.
I like the triple for it's flexibility and besides, I'm not that strong on the few steep hills I encounter. Basically, I ride on the middle ring on the flats and minor grades and go to the small or big ring for steeper grades. I know I could get away with a double -- but I'd rather not.
And, I got used to the hydraulic disks (Alivio) on the hybrid. I like their stopping power as well as their smoothness... (It's good to be able to avoid the kids and dogs on the trail!)
But, so far the ONLY bike I've seen (from major manufacturer) with those features is the 2013 Kona Jake. And, that has one other thing going for it: my LBS sells them and they have been VERY helpful and I would like to buy from them if it is in anyway possible.
So, am I limited to the Kona Jake (the base level -- not Jake the Snake of Major Jake) or are there others?
And, what do you all think of this bike?
Thanks for your thoughts and experience !