Whyte Sussex or Genesis CDF ?
Narrowed my search for a new commuter down to these two. I've ridden to work(all road) for the last three years on a Genesis Day One which has been faultless in every way. However, having also used the Day One as a weekend winter bike and the single gear starting to grate when riding into what seems to be a permanent headwind, I now feel the need for gears :?. The obvious choice would be the CDF(not Croix De Fer) as it is basically the same geometry etc as the Day One but with gears. This was my initial choice until I spotted the Whyte Sussex in my LBS. It looks a really nice bike, can take a 28mm tyres with guards (and possibly bigger by the look of it) and weighs less than the CDF. I've looked at other options like the Kaffenback 2(weight), Ribble Audax(only takes 23mm tyres with guards), Dolan Preffisio(23mm tyre with guards) etc and none of these really grab me for the reasons I've mentioned. Both the Whyte and Genesis are available from my LBS so no problems there. I was hoping for any input from people who may ride the Whyte Sussex or any other road bike in their range. My Day One has smashed it's way through everything that the British roads can throw at it but I'm wondering if a slightly lighter more road orientated bike would be any less bombproof. Thanks in advance for any replies.