Well I finally got approval from the wife to get a cyclocross bike!! She had picked out a few different models for me to choose from but they are HEAVY and for me to get a more expensive/lighter bike I must get rid of my road bike (2006 Trek 1500) and my mountain bike(1998 Specialized StumpJumper). So this new cyclocross bike has to be snappy enough for my weekly rides with friends on the road as well as handle some of the mountain trails here in boise. I want my cross bike to be used for numerous different things (commuting, grocery runs, light touring, cyclocross, group road rides, and some mountain biking) so it needs to be a workhorse but I want it to be light and agile enough for weekend races and road group rides with friends. Of course price is a consideration too so I am trying to keep it under $2000 (if it's more it would have to be "THE ONE" for me to choose it).
The bikes she had picked out aren't bad and probably good for all the things I need it for but I want a higher performance bike so I don't feel like I need to upgrade in a few years.
EDIT: I forgot to tell you I am about 5'8" 150lbs so I don't need a tank to support me.
2013 Scattante DX350 Cyclocross Bike (http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400306__400306)
Fuji Cross 3.0(http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...551_1117975_-1)
I've probably looked at another 50 different bikes on the net but can't decide because I haven't looked at the bikes in person. I would like a bike with SRAM components but if I found the right bike with Shimano I wouldn't complain. So I thought I would ask the forum for thoughts and advice. I have posted here before on similar topic but was never able to pull the trigger and get a bike. Now I've got permission so I want to get this sorted out and register for my first cross race within the next few weeks.
Thanks for your input.