Feel your pain. I had a Scott CR1 £1k for about 2 months and it got stolen. Got this bike as a replacement and i love it. With time i have changed(not mentioning tyres and inner tubes): Saddle, back wheel, both v brakes, brake cables, bar tape and pedals. I'm doing 200km a week average so quite a distance for this bike to suffer. Nevertheless once washed feels like new
I purchased last year's model, decent bike for the money especially at this price, got it to get some more cycling miles in, as mountain biking is what I enjoy most, so didn't want to spend the earth. Own a high end Vitus mtb and was impressed by them so got the razor as well. Overall a good bike for the money, think it was the cheapest I could find with sora groupset. Have had no issues with it over 12 months/1000 miles. Great entry level bike
They're also much better brakes and much better cyclists
It's rare to see disk brakes on a road bike (though that might start to change soon). They're more common on hybrids 9and standard on most modern mountain bikes). Disk brakes are better if you commute on muddy paths, rim brakes are fine if it's all on roads/surfaced paths (pads need replaced a bit more often though).
Professional road racers all use 'pincer' rim brakes and they descend mountains at frightening speeds. So they should be OK for your commute.