Yep, I'm on the hunt for a Cross bike. Have found a possible option but will wait to say more later.
Presently getting ready to do a front wheel build next week. Time to learn to do it myself. as the local shops take way to long to do it. Especially since I need a lighter wheelset for the Mistress. Especially since the Paradox has been shelved till next winter.
Presently riding lots and upgrading the Mistress as I can. The next big purchase will be a better fork, due to cost reasons it will be used. Looking at a Marzocchi Z1FR from 2005. Hopefully will get it done before mid May. But it requires me to offload some more stuff I don't need.