I’ve had my trusty cross check for about 6 years and we had many great times together. I went from this jack-of-all-trades that can do a lot but not very well, to having several bikes that are excellent at one job. I reckon it’s time for me to get a proper cross bike. Also I want it to be steel.
I’ll use this bike to ride my local singletracks and do the couple cross races happening in Canberra. In recent years cross has grown quite a bit here with more and more people doing the races and coming to watch. The bike won’t be used as a commuter so I don’t need eyelets for fenders/racks. I’ll probably take it on longer gravel rides as well. Overnighter duties will be taken on by the Kumo, and if the Kumo is really not suitable for some harsher roads on an overnighter, I can always go with bikebags on the CX if I end up getting a frame without eyelets/mounts.
So far I’ve got my eyes on the Ritchey Swiss cross, which looks like a good buy ATM (well discounted at Pushy’s). But there may be other options, people have suggested the Singular Kite and the All City Space Horse.
Also, I’m really keen to hear swiss cross owners’ experiences with that frame (Dayne? maybe others?), and those who have other comparable frames.