OK here's my situation, I have been riding a road bike for about 3-4 years now. I ride for fun, as a work out, and use my bike to ride to class. Even though the road bike I have is too big for me, I enjoy riding it when the ground is not wet from rain or whatever. Anyway, now that I have a few years of experience under my belt, I have realized a multipurpose bike would be a better fit for me. The road bike I have is a GT zr 5.0 with stock components
I enjoy the speed of the road bike but I also like the idea of not having to worry as much when the ground is wet. I also have a few friends that ride up light trails, and I would like to join them. I want my new bike to have a rack for going grocery shopping, fenders for when it rains, and preferably lighter (aluminum is fine). This is why I have decided on getting a new bike.
I'm a broke college student, so I don't have a huge budget. I am trying to save as much of my summer work money as possible. With that being said, here is a list of potential bikes I have found interest in:
KONA BIKES | 2015 BIKES | CYCLOCROSS | JAKE
2014 Conquest Disc | Redline Bicycles
Specialized Bicycle Components
Trek Dual Sport
8.5 DS - Trek Bicycle
Salsa Vaya 3
2014 Vaya 3 | Bikes | Salsa Cycles
CrossRip Comp - Trek Bicycle
Cannondale CAADX 7 sora
CAADX 7 Sora - CAADX - Cyclocross - ROAD - BIKES - 2014
Lastly, do you guys think I should be concerned with bike components (e.g. derailleur model) or am I looking too deep into it? I know my road bike has shimano sora components but I have also never tried using better ones. Also, I already know that the way a bike feels is what is most important and I will be going to my LBS soon to try some out. I just like to do my homework before I go so that's why I am posting this on here.
It would be great if I could get some 'expert' opinions on this issue or even just testimonials. Thanks in advance!