Alright, I finally have the $$$ to buy a new bike. I've test ridden the surly straggler and the kona jake, and I'm in love with both. What to do??? I definitely want
To race cross next season(will be my first time), but I also need a bike that can handle long road rides, gravel grinding, commuting, and Lots and lots of rain. I won't ever run SS, so the horizontal dropouts on the straggler are useless.
Also, I already have a 531 touring bike, so I'm looking for racier. However, I love the stragglers fit, but not it's weight. What to do?????