Anyone have an opinion on cyclocross bikes? I moved to England last year and now that it is summer, I want to start riding around the countryside, enjoy the weather and maybe commute to work a few days a week. I used to own a Cannondale triathlon bike. But it's been years since I owned a good bike and its time to correct that situation.
I've been looking at the Boardman CX Team 2014, Genesis Croix de Fer and Merida Cyclocross 4.
The Boardman is on the top of list now despite the recall and the cosmetic paint issue. Has anyone found it to be more serious and a problem with the frame? There is plenty of complaints on the web about it and people that took the 10% discount. But little about performance after the purchase.
Next is the Genesis. It is just a nice simple bike. I'm not a fan of the Tiagra shifters and cable routing. But I may be able to get over that. This is just seems like a non-flashy bike that will not attract much attention and eventually disappear.
The Merida comes recommend by the LBS. The sing all the praises but don't have one for me to test ride. And I can't find one within a distance I am willing to travel. To be honest, this bike is loosing traction with me the longer I think about it. But there is a rave review for an older model with regular updates over a long period of time
Any thoughts would be appreciated?