I'm in search of a good drop bar bike for town riding, gravel paths and rail trails and maybe some light touring. I've checked out a fair amount of bikes from Kona, Scott, Raliegh and Trek and I've pretty much hung up on either a Surly Crosscheck or a Kona Rove. Out of all the bikes I've tried these two feel the best to me and seem to be the best value. I'm not too concerned with weight, I'd rather have a good steel frame than aluminum or cf.
I know these are pretty different in terms of components, my question is is it worth the extra expense to get the Kona. I tend to not ride in rain or nastier weather so I'm not sure if I absolutely need disc brakes, and I honestly don't know what the upgraded drivetrain will gain me (seriously I'm new to this stuff, if anyone can school me I would really appreciate it)
I've got just enough in my pocket to grab the Kona, but before I plunk down the cashish I want to make sure it's not overkill for my needs