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Advice - Ridley vs Specialized vs Planet X vs Focus

forestcaverforestcaver Posts: 14
edited August 2014 in Cyclocross
Hi - another request for help on bikes !!! Many thanks if you can help.

I am looking for my first cyclocross bike - I mostly do triathlon these days but used to be a roadie many years ago.
I am looking to get a cyclo-cross bike to train in the winter on muddy tracks and forest gravelled roads. I am also looking to race cyclo-cross this year to try to keep a little fitness. I am also planning on the Three Peaks next year....
I am 5'9", 67kg and 45 years old if that makes any difference....

I have been looking at (in order of likelihood/keenness):

1. Ridley X-Fire 20 Disc
2. Planet-X Dirty Disco (? XLS)
3. Focus Mares CX 3.0
4. Specialized Elite Carbon Crux Disc

ie keen not to go over £2k and nearer £1k is even better :-)

What do you think ? Any other suggestions ?

Also, anyone got suggestions for good reputable bike shops in the South West (Gloucestershire)/Midlands/East Wales area ?

Many thanks.....

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