I am thinking of buying a Genesis Croix de Fer to replace my Charge Filter Mid 2011 as my winter bike.
I would use it for commuting and winter club runs.
I hate the groupset on the Charge (Shimano 2300) and the brakes (crappy cantilevers, despite various different brands of pads and endless tweaking of the cables when necessary)
I've never ridden a bike with discs brakes before. I've seen contrasting articles as to whether mechanical disc brakes are any good. Cyclocross people seem to dislike them at the moment, but then I am very unlikely to get the bike as caked in mud as them to cause the problems some of them report (i.e. massive brake fade). General roadies/commuters seem to love the bike though.
Am I best to wait until hydraulic disc brakes for road bikes have been around for a while?
Other than that, the bike seems fantastic. I would probably take the knobblier tyres off for road use - what would be the narrowest road tyres I could put on those wheels?