I had the same thought, but am having trouble finding good cx bike discounts online. Has anyone found any recent bargains they would like to share? I'm new to the sport and as long as I find something with at least 105 or Apex, I'd be happy.
Best I can find is: Colnago World Cup 2010 -- http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=51081
Any thoughts on this bike? The one downside is I'd have to ship from the U.K.
Complete bikes might be hard to find, but I've been watching lots of closeouts on framesets. This is a good option if you have spare components/can get them cheaply, and dont mind taking time to build up the frameset. Having a reliable LBS or mechanic buddy is also a huge plus in that regard.
Research the classifieds on this website if you dont mind riding used gear. If you want new, Excel Sports Boulder and cyclocrossworld.com (two reliable sources for me) are offering decent markdowns. Also check Urbane Cyclist (Salem, MA); I recently bought a frameset from them on closeout, and their customer service was impeccable.
Lastly: Be VERY careful purchasing anything from overseas vendors! You'll likely pay a small currency conversion fee on top of the nominal dollar price, and then DHS/CBP will slap a hefty import duty on your gear. I bought a groupset last summer for $950--but had to pay a $87 tariff to take it home from the post office. I could've saved $$ buying the same components from a domestic supplier.
Alright, so deals are out there.. just not easy to find.
I placed an order for a 2010 Focus Mares Disc CX bike from o2gearshop.com for $829 with free shipping on a size 60cm (the only size in stock). It comes stock with mostly 105. The minus side is that the fork is aluminum. It made #4 on a 2010 list of CX bikes under $1500. It will be fun to try CX with disc brakes.
A shameless plug I know, but have you checked the classifieds on this site?
I happen to know of a great deal on a TCX1!