Just reviving da thread. So what did you end up getting? I have the CrossRip elite and I must say it is a fun bike! A jack of all trades. Yes, it is heavy at 24.5 pounds according to bathroom scale for a 56cm but it is very comfortable. A great commuter I must say. For racing, yes I would look elsewhere. For comfort, commute, and plain fun, this is the bike!Need help on which bike is better!
I will use it for commuting, light races with friends, maybe a road trip, etc.
So basically it will be used for leisure and fitness and not professionally. Comfort>Speed