Ive been mountain biking and road biking for a few years now and Im very seriously considering a cyclocross bike. Basically I will use this on crushed limestone trails in both summer and chicago winter. Also I want it to be a good bike for commuting. Since ill be riding in snow I assume that disc brakes will be a good option. Other than that Im thinking aluminum but steel is cool as well. Basically Im asking for some thoughts on what to buy, also how good are these in snow? Im thinking about a thousand bucks for a budget but I know bikes and ill go higher by a couple hundered if it makes a good difference.