I'm planning on building a cyclocross bike and have a budget of about £1k (I think about $1.8k, if stuff is only avaliable in the U.S. I'll be able to get it shipped over). I'll probably base it around a kinesis 4t because I hear it's a good quality entry level frame (although I have been considering getting a really nice frame and doing a single speed).
I really don't know what to build on to it though. I hear that tiagra stuff is good for cyclocorss because of mud shedding abilitys (and also it's pretty cheap). Is this true or are there better alternatives.
I'm probably going to have just one ring at the front because previously when I've ridden double bikes I never use the very top gears (I find it easier to just spin faster) or the very bottom gears (I find it easier to just power through), so I figure having the extra 2 rings is just adding pointless weight. Should I put bashguards either side and if so how would I go about constructing this. Do I start off with a triple and just replace the top and bottom rings with bash guards? If I'm doing this would it be better to try and get the crank arms and everything serperate so I don't waste money on chain rings I don't need?
Seat post is defiantly going to be carbon. Handlebars and stuff I can probably sort out for myself but if anyone has any recommendations they are very welcome.
Also what wheels would you recommend that would keep my bike inside that budget?
I'd like to save as much weight as possible whilst still keeping within my budget with this bike. I'd consider buying some of the stuff of ebay (nothing carbon, or the wheels, frame or saddle, just because I'd rather have those new so I'm certain of condition).
Any tips would be extremly useful if anyone else has built up their own cross bike (I know quite a few of you out there have).
Thanks in advance for any help (sorry it was a bit of a wall and lots of questions).
P.S. If anyone would like to recommend a different frame then please feel free but I'd idealy like to have 2 water bottle mounts and rear rack mounts.