I'm considering a new bike and am torn between going for a cyclocross bike or a MTB 29er.
I would like a bike for training on my local XC tracks which are not very technical but have enough up and down elevation for a good aerobic workout. I have test ridden a Singular Swift in rigid SS guise on both tracks and quite liked it. I have also always fancied a cyclocross bike with disc brakes for use as a winter training bike on the road as well so am torn between the two types of bike.
I have a feeling that the 29er would probably be better off-road but not as good as the Winter training bike for on-road duties. I already have two road bikes – one Van Nicholas titanium for everyday training rides and a Scott CR1 Pro for 'best' i.e. sportives etc. I also have a Orange 5, an On One hardtail geared and a Genesis iO rigid SS for off-road duties (I only use the last two for the local XC tracks).
I have never ridden a cyclocross bike so not really sure if I would like the drop bars off-road or whether I would maybe get fed up with it after a while. I suppose I could always fit straight bars if I really didn't like the drops but then that would affect its use on the road somewhat.
I would appreciate any feedback to help my decision as I usually find that other people come up with opinions and ideas that I hadn't considered which are often very useful.
Has anyone else made a similar choice in recent times or could offer an opinion to aid my decision?