I'm new to this forum and new to the whole cyclocross community. Here's the story.
I want to buy my first cx bike but I'm hesitating which one I should choose. I have narrowed my choices to Felt F65X 2014 and Boardman CX Pro. After shipping cost and all duties the prices are: 1900$ for Felt and 2100$ for Boardman. I want to buy an all-rounder for both cyclocross and leisure rides.
For winter season, I intend to use the bike with cycletrainer - Tacx Satori. Do anyone happen to know if these bikes are compatible with the cycletrainer? I've heard that carbon bikes may be damaged by cycletrainers [e.g. Cube's FAQ section] and, as far as I know, Boardman's fork is fully carbon while Felt's is partially carbon. However, the frame is aluminium in both cases.
I would be tremendously grateful if you could tell me which bike's better for me [please, list the reasons why it's better]. Recommending the right size for me will be much appreciated. My measurements are as follows: height – 165,5 cm, leg length (inseam) – 75,5 cm [for clarification: I'm an adult so I'm quite short]. I guess 50 cm should be right.
If you find other bikes to be superior to the ones I listed, feel free to insert them in your reply. I'm especially interested in any bargains for both the bikes I listed and any other worthy attention. So, if you know a shop which sells Felt or Boardman for less than I found, let me know.
I give you many thanks in advance for your helping hand.
P.S. Sorry for the long post, hope you forgive me.
The one that fits...
Neither ... if you just want an all round bike and plan on using it on a trainer and are not sure what to buy, get an aluminum one. Ride for a year and figure out what you need. If you are actually going to race cross you are going to crash a bunch in the beginning. Why subject a carbon bike to the harsh reality when you are not even sure what you want. Then when you figure it out you have a bad weather bike and one you can use as a pit bike.