There are so many component setups for consumers / competitors out there. The worst part about is that the prices fluctuate so much that it makes it hard to stick to one company's group set or to mix and match.
I'm not looking for the most 'expensive' setup but a competitive / productive setup.
I can't justify spending 1k plus for components that are not gonna make it to the next few seasons of competitive cross tourneys but I also can't justify putting crap on my bike.
I know its the rider and not the bike that wins a race, but having a good setup helps.
Any suggestions for a nice inexpensive setup ? I'm debating on a shimano 105 setup because its not super crappy but at the same time I know its not the best. Is there a decent competitor out there? I was gonna go SRAM but after seeing the component price list I said forget it ! I would rather not go about and mix and match shim / campy / sram no matter how 'compatible' people / companies say they are...
What about mixing and matching road / mtb components? PROS vs CONS?