Need Help Buying from a few choices. Any Advice Welcome!
Hello, fellas I have posted this on another message board aswell but I figure this one might be a little more active for this type of bike/riding.
About me: I'm a short (5'5) Male Future Bike Rider currently living in the New England Area. I haven't been on a bike since I was in my early teen years and I've just recently got the itch to get back to riding. I have spent hours and hours going through information and reading other people's "Choose A Bike for Me" threads and sincerely apologize for adding yet another one. I figure there is only so much I can get from mulling over information and specs on a screen in front of me and thought it would be nice to get some experienced views on a couple bikes. I have not yet been able to get to any of my local bike shops in the area and probaly won't start checking out these bikes in store until mid June . Also because I have not been sized or tried any of these bikes in real life I do not know what frame size or around what frame size I would be.
Type of Bike & Reasoning: Living in the New England Area we experience all 4 seasons pretty distinctly and sometimes at the same time . So during my research I came across a type of bike that would in theory allow me to ride in all the 4 seasons. Even during the best weather I'm still looking for a bike I can ride through the trails, cruise medium length distances, and carry light-medium supplies/groceries. I'm really looking for a Bike that can last me for years to come and I understand no matter what I buy there will be a time when I need to upgrade parts on it. I'm not 100% sure if I need disc brakes at this point or if it would be good to future proof and buy a disc brake bike no matter what.
The Bikes I'm Currently Looking At: Well I've narrowed it down to about 5 bikes but I'm opened to other suggestions. My Price Range is around $1300 dollars for a New Bike so this plants me into an entry level Cyclocross Bike. I'm looking for any information that can help steer me to a clear winner or just owner experiences with these bikes or past models.
2013 Surly Cross–Check
- This bike is the cheapest of all the bikes listed but seems to be a real work horse. It doesn't have the best Mechanics on or even the Disc Brakes that some of the other bikes have but I have seen all kinds of configurations of racks, fenders, lights, and all kinds of different mounts that I'm not sure is possible on the other bikes. At the moment I don't plan on doing a ton of lugging stuff around but it would be nice to be able to hook up a rack and carry a laptop and a 6 pack to a friends house without taking the Car.
2013 Kona Jake
– This bike seems to have a great mix of features and mechanics on it. The only two things that worry me about this bike is finding information about the Disc Brakes(Tektro Lyra) and whether or not the frame or bike allows for any racks or ways to carry any lightweight stuff with me.
2013 Trek Crossrip Elite
– Seems to be a decent bike but only comes equipped with the SORA package. Now it does come with Disc Brakes as a trade off so that's why I'm midly interested in this bike.
2013 Cannondale CAADX Tiagra
- Cannondale seems to be a very popular name with a good record from what I've read. Seems to come with the Tiagra package like a few of the other bikes but only has Cantilever brakes. It's a nice looking bike but not sure what quite sets it apart from the rest if we compare the costs. And I'm not quite sure how racks or other mudguards are supported on this bike
2013 Jamis Nova Race
– Going by the specifications this bike seems to be the clear winner for the money. It comes with BB7 Disc Brakes and has the Tiagra Package. The only downsides of the bike is it seems to be a bit heavy and I'm not quire sure again if this bike allows for any kinds of racks or mudguards to fit on it. I can't seem to find much information from people that have bought this bike or people that have previous Jamis Nova Races.
Thanks a bunch of any helpful information no matter how small it is from anybody that posts.