I'm helping out my sister get a new bike. She wanted a road setup that she could take touring but didn't want the long wheelbase of a touring bike. A bike shop recommended the Brodie Romax and not being very familiar with cross bikes, I was wondering what the general consensus is on this bike. I'm not at all familiar with RaceFace products, in particular, their Cadence line of stems, bars and cranks. Any opinions? Here's the list of specs. Oh, and the shop quoted her $1600 Cdn., which is a bit more than she wanted to spend.

FRAME Tange Prestige Butted Cromoly
FRONT FORK Brodie Cromo Classic Cross
REAR SHOCK n/a
HANDLE BAR Race Face Cadence 31.8
STEM Race Face Cadence 31.8
BRAKES Kore CX Canti
CRANKS Race Face Cadence 36-50t
PEDALS Crank Brothers MXR
HUBS Shimano 105
CASSETTE Shimano CS-5600 11-25t
RIMS Mavic Open Pro 32h
TIRES Vittoria XG Pro 32c
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105
SHIFTERS Shimano 105
SADDLE WTB Devo Team
S/POST Race Face Cadence 27.2