I'm fairly new to bikes, especially cyclocross bikes. I had a hybrid in the past which I really enjoyed, but after putting a few hundred miles on it I quickly realize I hated how upright it was.
These are the three bikes that I am looking at. I would like to stay in the $1200 range. I will mostly be using it for exercise and possibly some commuting (about 5 miles round trip, but would like to be able to go further if need be). I live in a semi-urban area with mostly paved roads but some gravel and potholes.
Are these quality bikes for the money? Any others I should check out!