Hi, I've been riding for some time now in a Trek FX 7.5 XXL (more or less equivalent to a 63cm) that fits me pretty well, I'm looking to upgrade to something a little bit nicer. I use my bike during the weekends for some 30-60 mile runs and sometimes for commuting (6 miles each way). Iím in the Seattle area so it gets wet pretty often and there are some hills.
My budget is around $1,000. I started looking into cyclocross bikes since they seem a bit more versatile and can take wider tires. The selection with my height is limited though, I tried a 61 fuji cross during the weekend and felt a bit short. Iíve been reading here and in other sites and this is what Iíve narrowed it to, though Iím open to other suggestions:
Kona Jake 63
They have a 2012 for $891 in a LBS in my area, havenít had time to go check it out but seems like a good bet, though I would like to get 105 if possible. They also have the 2013 which has disk brakes but it goes for $1,149
Nashbar Steel Touring Bike 64
This one looks quite nice, though some of the components doesnít look that good, like the rims and I donít know much about Nashbar. Though itís $799 and Iíve heard they sometimes have 20% coupons so I might have some money left for upgrades.
Motobecante Fantom Cross Pro 64
This is a lot of bike for the money, at least for the components, butIím not sure how I feel about bikes direct. They also donít have the 64 in stock, I emailed them and told me theyíll be getting more stock in about a month.
I've been looking in several LBS and haven't been able to find anything in my size yet.