nickobec wrote:The correct answer is whatever bike will get you out of bed and riding.
There are a lot of valid opinions from other members about what works for them, but what will work for you?
Couple of thoughts
3km climb at 5%, assume that means 3km descent at 5% on the way home, good argument as any for disk brakes, once you throw in rain and traffic.
Mudguards, I have them on the bike I ride in street clothes to the train, but if I commute to work and that can be anywhere between 40 and 120km with one or two bunch rides thrown in, it is on a race orientated bike and if it is going to rain I dress appropriately shoes covers, wet weather bibs and jersey/jacket which you would need even with guards and throw on an ass saver.
Just pick the bike the brings the biggest smile to your face.
Maybe I should get a CX type bike or something with bigger tyres and disk brakes then? although I feel id be sacrificing di2 to do that and remain in my budget when a road bike would probably be just fine... but then you could argue that di2 isnt necessary either. AHHH buying a bike is hard - I already feel bad about spending the money!!