Alright, so as a new years resolution I told myself I was going to get myself a bike with my tax return. After looking at pre built bikes, being the DIYer I am I decided to build my own so I could have something to start with that will last me a while. I wanted something versatile, that will be in Sacramento CA 90 percent of the time (relatively flat) with the occasional trip back home to Napa CA (Napa VALLEY!) Im 25 on a budget and want this stuff to last. (As is the goal with EVERY build right..)
After all my research, heres what I have put together...I'm 5'10" 160, kinda lanky.
FRAME: nashbar X CX
CRANKSET: fsa gossamer 34/50...should I go 165/170mm?
RD/FD: ultima 6700 (nashbar has them for about $100 for both)
DROPS/STEM for $40 from: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/127...Stem-COMBO.htm
As for cassette and shifters, I was just hoping to keep everything the same to avoid any headaches for myself and just get a shimano something (ultegra, 105) whatever I can get my hads on for the cheapest through ebay, LBS, craigs, etc
And for wheels, my LBS told me to look for Mavic Pro Opens...but I guess I'm pretty open with those too, they just have to be 700c.
As for brakes, I dont really mind, just as long as they function properly/reliably. Any recommendations for cheap options for my use?
Am I headed in the right direction? I have the cart ready to go with the frame, chain, RD/FD ready to go on nashbar with 10% off. I just wanted to see if theres anything that I need to rethink before I hit the submit button?