Yesterday, I ordered the Nashbar X cyclocross frame (on sale for $109!) and the Nashbar carbon cross fork (on sale for $124!) and then applied a 20% discount. Total price: $186.
How cool is that? Shipping and taxes were a bit high, but I couldn't resist buying these big items (for my budget, at least) during their 20% off promotion. Anyhow, here's what I'm doing:
I've got a 52cm Surly Cross-Check frame (original blue, first year of production, the only year they made it with Reynolds 631 and 1" steer tube). For years, I've loved the bike, but it's just a tad bit tall for me. Anyhow, I've mostly ridden it as a commuter and I hope to sell it to someone who will rebuild it and appreciate it more than I did. I don't have the original fork, btw. I've got a Tange cro-mo instead. Once all the parts are swapped, I'll be selling it, so lemme know if you're interested.
So I'm excited about this switch. I've never had a carbon fork, or a road bike that really fit me (27.5" inseam, doh!). Hopefully, this will do the trick. Going from steel to aluminum will probably be a rude awakening, but I'll live.
Here's roughly my set up:
Drop bars and Tiagra STI brifters
105 cranks and rear der
Ultegra front der
Campy hubs and Mavic rims
Conti 28mm tires
Planet Bike Fenders
Let me know if you all have any thoughts. The bargain just inspired me to make a change. So, I've got my fingers "crossed" that I'll have no regrets.