I've been riding regularly for the last few years. Most of my riding has been on a mountain bike (single speed 29'er), or on my fixie road bike. I'd like to start racing cross this fall, and am looking to purchase a new cross bike soon.
My budget is around $1000, though I'm not adverse to spending less. I'd also like to use the bike for a bit of touring over the summer.
I'm also thinking of running one chainring up front for a 1x9 setup. I understand that some racers do this. I see it as a weight saver, as well as a way of reducing the number of things that can break/go wrong during a race. If I go that route what are recommended size gears.
Thanks for reading, and for any and all helpful advice.