A couple of shops I frequent are pushing big discounts on 2013/2014 model cyclocross bikes now that the season is over. Assuming a 20-30% price cut, that means the $1000-2500 I'm willing to spend could buy a $1500-4000 bike. Obviously, I'll be riding a few bikes in the next week or two, but what are your thoughts on bikes worth considering in this price range? FWIW, I prefer Shimano to SRAM, and my road bike is a Giant Defy.
I'm toying with the idea of trying cyclocross next season, and in the meantime, the bike would serve as a backup road bike, gravel grinder, and light duty off road bike.
FWIW, one of the specific bikes I'm considering is a Cannondale SuperX.