Hoping that some folks can enlighten me for my next bike. Am no pro or heavy rider but do value gear so any advice/wisdom will be greatly appreciated. First I'm early 40's, so my crazy years are behind me. I mostly do road with some gravel/hard dirt (man-made paths) because where we live there are awesome nature paths. We also do this 3-day ride almost every year and getting into this as well as a family but when alone I like a bit more speed/bite.
Right now I have a 12-year old Specialized Sirrus which served me well, time for an upgrade, so am looking at cyclocross models based on online research and store recommendations from 3 shops based on my needs/preferences.
So we're down to selecting the bike, budget in the $1200 +/- $200 range. I'm looking at the Giant Revolt 1, Trek Crossrip Elite and the Cannondale CAADX Sora, but nothing from specialized as they don't have anything in my price bracket.
My initial questions / interrogations:
- Should I stay away from any of these brands? Giant seems to be less favored by the pros in some stores as they claim that design-wise the others do a better job. We have a few Giants and for our modest needs never had issues. Got a lukewarm nod for Cannondale but Trek seems to be king of the brands.
- For the parts, the store guys all told me to stay away from Shimano Claris drivetrains, saying that the extra $s are worth it - any throuth to that?
- Disk or rim brakes? Does it really matter? I suppose so but thought I'd ask
To my lamen's eyes, all 3 bikes seems pretty much in the same ballpark so my selection criteria so far are price & distance to the shop.
Thanks in advance for your input!