I am an occasional rider who bought my last bike 15 years ago (all ALU Sarecen with shocks). Did about 4-500 miles this year and thinking of taking up one of the Cycle to Work schemes to get a new bike.
So I remember when I went from my steel fully rigid Diamondback to my Saracen. Wow! is the only way I remember getting the luxury of shocks. So I plan to do 20 miles a day 90/10% road/offroad for commuting and been advised to get a Cyclo X built of Carbon Fiber. But no CycX seems to have shocks and despite what I'm told I just cannot believe that a CF frame & forks can have the same amount of shock absorbing capability that shocks have. So much BS floating around about the wonders of CF and to be quite honest whilst I would like a lightish bike, by the time I've put lights/trip comp/mudguards for road use then saving a few ounces here & there seems a bit silly.
The gearing of the bike I am thinking of - Planet X XLS Shimano 105 Cyclocross Bike seems perfect with a top at 11/46 on 700c wheels as my biggest complaint is the undergearing of my Saracen on roads but the lack of shocks really does worry me. As an aside I am most definitely not Mr Superfit being 5 1/2 decades young with the weight problems (85-90Kg) that goes with being such a spring chicken.
So does anybody have some real empiric evidence that CF forks are as good as Shocks for the use I have in mind or is there just too much marketing BS out there to form a firm opinion ?
Any sound advice would be appreciated !