The tax returns went favorably so the Mistress of Finance green lighted the build-up of my 'cross rig. Looking for folks to weigh-in since I'd be new to 'cross.
Uses: Do plan to try racing next fall, but it's not the only factor. Will use it for commuting (I have a rig for that, so it'll be a 'fast' commuter), Crap weather road bike (winter, then), and perhpas the odd errand about town ( I live in the city). So this beast will see plenty of road miles but likely less than 50-60 at a time.
Merckx Alu Cross framset (can't afford a Moots or IF )
Campy Centuar compact drive (phil wood BB)
House built wheels on King hubs w/ Mavic OP rims
Thomson post and stem, Salsa bars.
My objective is a solid build in the $3k range. I want a good product to last in the crap conditions it'll see. Campy is spec'd for this frame, but another frame might get Ultegra (say a Specialized S-works Tri-cross, a near alternative).
So...let me have it.