I just purchased the subject bicycle and LOVE it. I bought it because I am trying the car-free lifestyle for a while and it seemed like a great purchase, even beside the LHT. However, I do have a few questions:
It came with decent components, Deore Shifters, Tiagra Derailleurs, Mavic A119 wheels with Randeurr Pro tires (700x32) and ****ty factory fenders. I haven't had any trouble with it whatsoever, but then again I've only put 100ish miles on it.
My question is (this is going to be my ultimate/project bike): would it make any sense to upgrade the wheels to a higher-end Mavic, or higher-end brand for that matter? Suggestions?
The components on the bike now seem fine, but I was curious if it would be at all better to upgrade to SRAM Red on ALL components. Or if not SRAM Red, can I mix/match the Deore, Tiagra and Dura-Ace pieces? Maybe change out the seatpost with a Titanium seatpost?
What kind of pedals should I use and what kind of shoes are best if I decide not to use my SPDs?
Would bamboo fenders fit this bike? I really think they would go well with the color scheme.
I also bought a pack of Ortlieb Classic Rollers Panniers and those will probably be the last Panniers I buy for a long time.
Any other suggestions to help make this bike any better?
Money won't be an issue as I'm selling my 2010 Trek Madone 6.9 for relatively cheap, so I'll have some money to spend and possibly enough to buy a LHT or Lynksey tourer/commuter/cx.
Thanks in advance for any help.