If that's PA_DUN's level of usage then it's a no brainer. Cyclocross bike ALL THE WAY.
CX bikes are solidly built, are slightly heavier (and therefore cheaper) than a roadbike and come with all sorts of nice things, like fender and pannier rack attachments. Yeah they have lower gearing, but I've raced my CX bike in a roadie pack and have had no trouble holding my own. I've even raced my CX bike in triathlons and held my own.
I assume, given that he's an avid MTBer and all, that he knows how to change tires. When he wants to race or ride on the road, he'll take off the knobby CX tires and replace with road slicks. When he wants to go do some gentle off-roading (or cross), he'll put the knobbies on again.
Actually, if I were in his shoes, I'd sell the rigid commuter and use the CX bike as a commuter. He'll find out very quickly that the CX bike is really the Swiss Army Knife of bikes when he gets one.
EDITED to add:
Once he does get a CX bike he'll also start to investigate CX racing. Now THAT is fun.
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 3/30/2010 (11:44)
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