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Old 07-17-13, 12:27 PM
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Between two bikes

Hi everyone,
I would like your opinions on this choice. Yes, I narrowed it down to two models, I did my homework, but I need some input from more knowledgeable riders.
I am looking to get my first cyclocross bike. Over the past 4 years I have been riding a single speed steel 29r mountain bike only. I ride local trails, some paved, some dirt and gravel, going off trail on rare occasion, little road time. I am not an expert by any means, but I do enjoy riding fast and getting my exercise this way, while taking in some neat nature and changing landscape.
I find myself wanting more speed, a lighter frame, slightly more aggressive riding on the paved/road portions, while maintaining the solid, rather "bomb-proof" factor I get with my low cost but very sturdy SE mountain bike. I also want something that holds together - I do all my maintenance on the single speed, but adjusting derailleurs and gears and all that extra jazz is not something I would be keen on spending too much time on.
Sooo, since I believe in supporting my LBS, which has been good to me, I am between these:
Fuji Cross 3.0: https://www.performancebike.com/bike...ductId=1126705
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Scattante DX350: https://www.performancebike.com/bike...ductId=1130848
So far it breaks down like this:
Pro Fuji: lighter; Tiagra gearing, which I am told is a big step up from the Sora; better saddle, so that upgrade is not immediately needed; more of a trusted brand; ?more durable;
Pro Scattante: cheaper by $200; disk breaks; carbon fork; additional break levers on the bar (no experience riding aeros, so this is a potential safety factor initially)


Any thoughts? Is the step up to the Fuji frame/Tiagra translated indeed in better durability, meaning I am better off making the extra investment now for long term benefit? Or am I fine with the better priced Scattante for now and can put the difference into a nice saddle and nice pedals and just go ride? Does it come to disk brakes, possibly more helpful off road, vs better gears, possibly more helpful ON road? If any owners of either models can chime in, or anyone with good insight really, please let me know.


Thank you for any advice and for reading my long post.

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Both, ride one , the other one will get hosed down in the Pits. while you are out on the course.
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Performance has a liberal return policy. I'd get the Fuji and return it if you are not impressed. I think you'll like it.
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Thanks for the input. Looking through the specs again, I wonder if the difference is primarily the Tiagra upgrade. The weight difference I felt might be the disk brakes?
I certainly don't plan to race it, for now. A colleague with a bit of knowledge in the field (he works in a bike shop on the side and used to race) suggests that the Fuji with the better gears is better for mostly road speed, the Scattante is better for rougher rides and bad weather, partly because of the disk brakes. Is he right? Because if he is, the Scattante might fit better with my use...
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I did what should be the most important step in a decision like this - went to Performance and took both of them for brief rides in the parking lot. The Fuji definitely feels a lot better. Lighter, stiffer, just "feels" more solid (that indefinable good feeling of something being more solid). So, that's what I'm going with. And performance having extra 10% off today makes my decision easier They are holding the 3.0 for me, I will finalize the order tonight, and with the points I earn I may want to add the Forte carbon fork they sell which was the only thing missing probably.
It's funny that the gearing is, after all, not what is making my decision. It had been set up poorly on the floor bike, so it barely shifted and clanked. So once they set it up and that will work well I think I will enjoy this thing. Of course, since I liked it so much, and they have the discount going on, and they would give me an extra discount if I get one of the floor bikes, I may take a look at the 2.0 as well, which is only very little extra in that case... Somebody, please, stop me
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