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Red Horn said:

Thanks for the input. New ride shopping and not dead set on a style yet. X-Cross is appealing in that it would be a ATB (All Terrain Bike). After visiting a LBD they steered me toward a Jamis Aurora which is appealing with fenders and all and a Cannondale Touring 2 that has a rack pre-mounted. Desire a smooth ride that steel is known for, but plan to run 37's which should smooth things out either way.
I love my CX9, but it's not really a good touring bike - it's designed to race cyclocross on. The ride is VERY stiff, even with 35s. If you want to ride on the road and light trails for long distances, there are better choices.

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