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Help me decide on a bike?

I'm interested in buying a cyclocross bike for commuting, riding on trails, longer-distance road riding and maybe some actual cyclocross racing. I haven't been on a bike in probably 10 years but apparently one never forgets how...

I'm looking at the Marin Lombard Elite (the shop I was in told me that my price would be around $1300CAD) and the Kona Jake. I can also get Brodie, Opus and Cannondale locally but I haven't looked too closely at any of their lines yet. I like the idea of the internal cable routing on the Jake but the Lombard has a carbon fork and I think the SRAM X7 is a step up from the Shimano Tiagra on the Jake.

I'm leaning towards the Marin, but is there anything else I should consider between the two of them? Should I look closer at any other manufacturer?
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Lots of bikes in that sector ..I have no idea about what is in the shops where you live {none you list are sold Here-] did you test ride it/them ?

If you have a Shop with a QBP account they distribute Ridley of Belgium (though they too probably get Asia to make the frames )
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Since you are in Canada, how about Norco, also consider other PNW brands like Raleigh or Redline. The important point is how it feels and rides rather than the paper spec sheet and for a cross bike the test ride should include some dirt. When I bought my cross bike I had choice of a Fuji with nicer paper spec and a Redline with a better ride, I took the Redline because the Fuji felt harsher on the grass and didn't handle as securely.
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sounds like you are in the same boat as me. I have been considering the Cannondale Caadx tiagra disc and Trek Crossrip Elite. I like the looks of the Trek, but I can get more bike for the money w/ the Cannondale.. I'll check out the Martin Lombard as I'm not familiar with that.
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I love my (2013) Kona Jake. The Tiagra components are actually pretty decent. I'd say it's more a matter of whether you prefer Shimano or SRAM. Ride both and think about the differences in the way they shift. It's a personal preference either way.

The internal cable routing isn't all that it's cracked up to be, IMO. I had a shifting problem after about 1500 miles that I'm pretty sure was caused by the cable wearing a groove in the frame where it exits. The LBS put a piece of PVC-type wrapper on it that fixed the problem and it's been fine for over 2000 miles since, but I don't know that the internal routing really gets you anything but a cleaner appearance.

If you have the budget for it, a Kona Jake the Snake would be a big step up from the base Jake, is still plenty capable of commuting, and would be better for CX racing than either the Jake or the Lombard. It also has replaceable plates at the cable exits (which are there to make it Di2 ready).
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