I'm really wanting to build a cross bike this fall, doubling for both racing and commuting, but anticipate having a very tight budget. What I'm *hoping* I can do is:
1) Scattante (sp?) frame from Performance - $249 w/ fork
2) Ultegra 9-speed grouppo (standard cranks would be fine, I think) - $350-$400, hopefully
3) Ksyrium Equippes (currently on my race bike, I plan on getting a different set of wheels for my race bike eventually) - already have
4) Budget alloy stem, saddle, and seatpost (already have bars, can always upgrade other stuff later) - $75ish
5) Budget-minded cantilevers - $40-$50.
I already have some SPD-style Ritchey pedals and shoes.
Theoretically with the above list, I could get into a semi-decent, albeit, kind of a starter cross bike for roughly $775-$800 (relatively liberal estimate), correct? Actual cross tires would probably add an additional $60 or so, I imagine.
All that being said, would it make sense to go with something like THIS MOTOBECANE? I couldn't care less for the BikesDirect debate raging in the road cycling forum, and couldn't give a rip one way or the other about the Motobecane name (I'd probably just rip the decals off and slap my "Carbonello" decals from VeloNews on it), but considering the parts included, it would seem like a deal that's hard to be reckoned with, right?
Any and all thoughts on this are welcome as I really do want to educate myself from actual crossers as to what a roadie - soon-to-be crosser should look for.