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    Good compromise cyclocross bike

    I'm essentially after a compromise bike. I like a bike to be a functional commuter and decent at light touring duties. I like decent handling off-road and on poor quality roads, but I spend most of my time on roads. You may say a tourer would be ideal. However, I don't lug that much around and I can't stand their sluggishness. I'm also after something nippy and capable, after a change of tyres, of holding its own on a roadie club ride.

    I think cyclocross disc bikes are the best fit here. Not an extreme race machine, lacking a mount and eyelets. But not a glorified hybrid either. I'm probably going to have two different wheel sets for cross/winter commuter use and road use.

    Here's a shortlist. I'm finding the whole thing a very much information overload. Does anyone have any experience with these bikes, know about them, or can make any recommendations?

    Pinnacle Arkose Three :
    Pinnacle Arkose Three review | road.cc
    Seems like a versatile bike made for the commuter market.

    Cube Cross Race Disc:
    Cube Cross Race review - BikeRadar
    Versatile and light. I've heard the brakes aren't great and it's not good for difficult off-roading (which is something I think I'll have to accept with my requirements).

    Specialized Crux Elite:
    Specialized Crux Elite review | road.cc
    Seems like a great CX bikes, but one that makes too few compromises to utility. On the other hand their Tricross seems too much of a compromise.

    Genesis Croix de Fer
    Genesis Croix de Fer review | road.cc
    Seems like a great nippy tourer. It's probably a bit too heavy and sluggish, but I may still be tempted by its sensibleness and good ride quality.

    Kona Jake:
    Kona Jake review - BikeRadar
    Kona's disc option. Perhaps not the same quality as the others?

    Boardman CX Team:
    Boardman CX Team review - BikeRadar
    Seems very well reviewed. I don't think getting it a Halfords is compulsory? Might be worth upgrading to the pro.

    Cannondale CAADX 105
    Cannondale CAADX 105 review - BikeRadar


    Sorry if I'm casting a bit of a wide net. I'm feeling a bit of information overload. But I also reckon that my requirements are pretty typical of a do-it-all cross bike so it may be useful to cover the main bikes here.

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    Obviously bike design involves trade offs. Still if I had your needs, I'd be tempted to say none of the above and look at bikes like the Kona Rove, Surly Straggler, or Salsa Fargo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorryslorrys View Post
    Specialized Crux Elite:
    Specialized Crux Elite review | road.cc
    Seems like a great CX bikes, but one that makes too few compromises to utility. On the other hand their Tricross seems too much of a compromise.

    Kona Jake:
    Kona Jake review - BikeRadar
    Kona's disc option. Perhaps not the same quality as the others?

    Cannondale CAADX 105
    Cannondale CAADX 105 review - BikeRadar


    Sorry if I'm casting a bit of a wide net. I'm feeling a bit of information overload. But I also reckon that my requirements are pretty typical of a do-it-all cross bike so it may be useful to cover the main bikes here.
    I looked at the above 3 bikes for a commuter that I could also use for cross racing if I wanted. I ended up buying a 2010 s-works tricross. It's reasonable light and has fender eyelets. I don't think the Crux would be suitable as it doens't come with fender or rack eyelets. The Caadx and Kona Jake also look good but I wanted to use a powertap on the rear so didn't wan't a rear disc brake.

    None of these bikes would have a problem keeping up on group ride with appropriate tires.

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    Good compromise, a cyclocross bike.

    In general Yea they are..


    happy shopping .. enjoy all those test rides when you are not working, and asking the forum about stuff while still there.

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    I got the All City Macho Man Disc and love it so far. I currently have some Continental Gator Hardshells on it for street use and its been awesome.

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    +1 for the CAADX, I got mine last year when the disk model was only available with ultegra. I would have saved the coin and got the 105 and just upgraded as parts broke. I commute road, trail and muck. Rode it in four cross races after I stripped it down and changed the tires. Getting ready to do a gravel endurance ride. I just love the fit. Very comfy for me. Can hang on the road but club riders will leave me in the dust with the current gears/tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvsjes28 View Post
    I got the All City Macho Man Disc and love it so far. I currently have some Continental Gator Hardshells on it for street use and its been awesome.

    I know that overpass.

    I was looking for the same thing minus discs and went with a Surly Crosscheck. I'd recommend the Straggler for you.
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