I have never posted in this section for the bike forums so forgive me if this has been asked before.
I am ready to move up from my Trek Navigator, have lost quite a bit of weight and want to do a lot more road riding with some bike batch and dirt roads once in a while.
I am still a little over 300# so want a beefy bike, and I figure the cyclocross is a good choice.
I was ready to order a Trek CrossRip Elite but some great members here suggested I try and find something with better components.
I am not sure how important disk brakes are for a guy not racing and if not that important the Specialized Crux Elite may be a great bike. If disk brakes are important than the Specialized Crux Elite Disk Apex may be the way to go. I know the Kona Rove is an option, but the nearest dealer is a couple hours away.
Looking for some advice before I start making some trips to LBS, living in rural Pa makes re search a real necessity, not like you can drive around town to several LBS, its a major trip unless its Trek or Specialized.