I want my CX to do a hell of a lot of things. But I am torn as to what I should purchase.
Here is my laundry list:
It needs to be a frame I can single speed (I'm contemplating a separate rear wheel with a dynamic hub)
I want to CX with it, but not necessarily racing caliber.
I want to tour with it (this means perhaps a special fork with rack bosses).
I want to commute with it (I think I'll exclude the winter, a good frame does not deserve winter salt).
I am pretty romantic about steel, like Columbus or Columbus Zona Steel. I can be swayed to go aluminum.
I want competent components, durability is key over and above have lighter components. Campagnolo is not an option because of needing special tools.
I am more of a prairie trail rider than a roadie.
I have this idea of a lifetime frame, but I plan to use to bike for everything...
Nothing to compact, lots of clearance.
I am a lady, I'm 5'4", and have had a good experiences with "female specific" geometry.
I am in love with Salsa's and Marinoni CX bikes. I figure a fully built will be the cheapest route, but I don't necessarily need any sort of racing build...that's the trouble with their CX. I also don't want a ****ty bike. I want a frame that's a step above Surly (maybe not?). I am obsessive over maintence, a competent bike owner, or I at least know the right people.
So my question for you is, who has a fully built CX that meets my standards (perhaps impossible ones). I am open to any and all suggestions. I am romantic over certain brands because of certain history, maybe that's a mistake, but seriously, Marinoni is sexy, lugs are beautiful.