Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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When purchasing a bicycle, remember this golden rule of thumb: The frame is the most important component!
With a 'cross bike, the parts will only last so long. Unless you're Sven Nys (current world cyclocross champion), you probably wouldn't notice a difference between Tiagra, 105, Deore, Crane Creek, or say, Dura Ace. You will, however, notice a rather nice frameset (in the über-cool Bianchi celeste-green) which is light and strong, and a carbon fork to lighten and smooth out the front end of the bike.
My Cannondale is a mix of 105 and Tiagra. Both parts work fine, I didn't even know that much about half of the parts on the bike when I bought it. I was only concerned with Cannondale's top-notch Optimo aluminum frame and Slice X carbon fork. If or when I start racing the thing, I'll probablly just start swapping parts out left and right, but I'll always have a dependable frame and fork, and you will have the same if you get the Bianchi.