Looking at getting a CX bike, mostly to have a go at CX racing and a bit of mixed terrain training.
Just test rode a Giant TCX 1 and a Spesh Crux Comp Carbon. The handling on both were very different and made me wonder what to expect from CX bikes.
I really want to like the TCX but there's definitely something iffy about the handling. Maybe it's a high BB as ones on my other bikes all tend to be pretty low. My toes rubbed on the front a lot when cornering too. Had mini-v style brakes which seemed really good.
Then unfortunately rode the Crux... oh dear, it was bloody brilliant. Cantis not so good but it doesn't half shift. Handles very precisely, could put it exactly where i wanted and it felt really solid. Felt better across bumpy fields than the Giant which was a surprise as I'd assumed the handling meant it would be really stiff. Unfortunately it's twice the price. And the size I want seems to be sold out for the year.
So question is what should I look for in CX bike handling? I can see the rational for a high BB though in mud. Is it worth having and getting use to a bit of flip flop handling?