There is no doubt the popularity of cyclocross in this hemisphere is on the up and up.
Even if you never pin on a number, a cross bike is arguably one of the more utilitarian bikes you could get for recreational riding, racing, commuting, touring and if you've got the skills, mountain biking.
I got my hands on a Trek Presidio to thrash. Here's my 20c for whatever it is worth.
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