I'm looking to buy a new versatile bike and have narrowed my choice down to the above two bikes, but can't decide which one to go for. Hence looking for some advice from you guys.
I'm intending to use the bike for a few different purposes, in the following order of importance:
- Winter training bike for the road racing season
- Touring. Probably about 5-6 weekend trips pa and maybe one or two longer trips. If I really get into touring I may even take an extended trip at some point in the future. Would like to be able to go off road a bit.
- Commuter. Couple of times a week @ 10 miles each way.
- Cyclo cross. I'd like to leave this option open for possible CX racing at some point in the future.
I'm thinking the surly may be a little heavy,but then again the Planet-X may not be strong enough or relaxed enough for touring! My head is melted trying to figure out the best option to go with, so hoping to get some good feedback from the forum.
I'm also in a bit of a dilemma whether to just buy the frame and build my own or to buy outright. Anyone have any thoughts in relation to this?