Thinking about an 05 Bianchi Axis vs. an 05 Lemond Poprad for my first CX bike.
Will do mostly weekend warrior national forest roads, mild single track, commuting, winter road training. Doubt will ever race it.
I currently own a Merlin Extralight for road use and a Klein Mantra Pro for dirt use.
They're both about the same price but I'm having trouble deciding. Here are some of my thoughts. And, oh yeah, none of my LBS' have one to try out for fit purposes.
Poprad: Can retrofit with S&S Couplers for travel purposes, nice steel ride quality, alloy fork, 105 throughout
Axis: Carbon fork, lighter Easton Aluminum tubing (?), harsher ride (?), fender/rack eyelets, triple crankset better for singletrack and touring, Deore/105 combo, comes with pedals.
What do you all think?