What it does well: Make no mistake, this is a full on carbon cyclocross race bike complete with cyclocross gearing (a 46/36 up front), Stan’s Iron Cross wheels, and an oversized rigid fork for extra rigidity. But it’s such a nice cross bike that we included it here. Again, a quick wheel swap—easy with disc brakes—converts it from a rough road cruiser to a race bike. And at only 19 pounds there isn’t much of a weight penalty compared to a pure road bike. Still, we favored the cross geometry for smooth singletrack riding—we felt a little upright for extended sections of seated pedaling.
What it does poorly: Depending on how you like your set-up, as a one-bike quiver you’d have to adjust your positioning from cyclocross to groad.
So who’s it for? Any cyclocross racer will love it, but the cross racer who puts in longer dirt training rides will appreciate it the most. 19 pounds