So I went into a store yesterday fully prepared to purchase a Crosscheck. My budget was $800. We went so far as to begin ordering the frame ($420). But when I mentioned I wanted flat bars rather than rounded, and that I would have to order all of the additional parts and have the guys in the shop build the bike out for me, they quoted me at a minimum of $1,200 for this bike.
Is this correct? Or were these guys throwing on some serious quality wheels and parts?
Alternatively, buying a pre-built bike from Surly was $975 and then I would have to modify it for flat bars, driving the price over $1K. Any help is appreciated, thanks.