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 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.