I am looking for a first dropped bar bike recommendation I am 64 yrs of age, 250 lbs and have been riding a trek 7500 and 7.5 FX ( bought used) for the past yr and a half. 80% on roads and paved mups with the remainder on cinder paths, rails to trails. I thinking cyclocross hopefully for a relaxed geo and the ability to run 32 or 35 tires for comfort i am not a speedster, currently 13 mph average so I certainly do not expect to ride much above 15 +/- .
I have been looking at these four bikes as I prefer to stay under/around 1 K
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...60_-1___203559 $850 (when on sale)
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...75_-1___203559 $700 (when on sale)
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...71_-1___203559 $1000 (when on sale)
I am concerned about the 20/24 spoke count of the nashbar GTs but I do like the idea of the carbon fork the Tommaso does seem to be the heaviest, steel fork, heavier frame I guess but im not sure a couple of pounds will make a difference ..I am use to shimano never road sram kinda like to try 105s but im sure tiagra is plenty good enough for me
Any thoughts ???