This is the bike I wanna get. There are several things I want to change around though and I need some help.
First: I hate bar end shifters and STI is too expensive and generally irreparable, so I'm thinking about using Campy Ergo shifters. Does anyone have experience with Jtek Shiftmate?
Second: I'm not to hip on hubs and bearings, but I heard that sealed are easy to maintain but a little tricking replacing, while loose require more adjustments, tweaking, and repacking. So I want to change the hubs to sealed disc hubs, Any suggestions? How much should I spend for a decent set? nothing crappy but not top of the line either
Third: I'm sure these rims are factory built, I want to get them rebuilt. I'm 250lbs+ and want to do loaded touring. Should I upgrade the spokes since I'm doing the hubs anyway? I'm so lost about this double and triple butted etc.
I hate to ask these stupid questions but I tend to read and reread and research so much so that I wind up more lost then when I started. So whatever the general consensus is here is what I'm going to do. Money is not a huge issue but I don't want go to crazy. Just so you know I'm an amateur, heavy and goal is to do long distance, loaded tours.