After looking for a do it all bike and being suggested a CX, I have got very distracted looking at bikes.
Price point £800-£1500 (top end only if its really worth it, as I might not even like CX). I am not looking for a race machine - I want something for winter riding, quicker on the road than a 2" mtb, decent range of gears (its hilly up north), disc brakes and some form of comfort. I slipped a disc this summer, so a really aggressive race geom isn't going to do my back any good. Shimano kit preferred. The bike mechanic (aka the husband) doesn't really like press fit bottom brackets, but that isn't a deal breaker! Oh and I am a women, ok a 5'9" one, so I ride blokes bikes, but it cant have a really long top tube. As per my post at the weekend, I am a bit scared of drop bars, but I'll give it another go.
Cannondale Caadx Ultegra - I like the fact isn't such a race set up and bit more relaxed riding position
Planet X XLS - Good value package
Kinesis Pro 6 - Just cause a few people mentioned it
Rose Pro DX - Nice spec list.
I ideally would have loved steel (love my Soul), but I cant afford top end steel to get a light enough frame (for me not to get annoyed with it).
Over to you stw, you have successfully chosen my last two mountain bikes (Nicolai Helius and Cotic Soul) which I love! Don't let me down.....!