I have been a roadie for 3 years, and am only on my second road bike. Both bikes (and my fixed gear) I bought stock, fully loaded. Now I want to get into cross, but am gonna buy a Crosshairs frame and fork and build it up (actually, get the bike shop to do it).
1. Need the build to come in under $600 ($400 would make the wife smile and leave me husband points for a nice wheelset to race with later on).
2. This bike needs to be pretty much cross-race ready (except for the wheels).
3. It will serve as my second "road" bike for rainy days, or when the road bike is in the shop (my maintenance skills are lacking).
4. I have the following parts on hand to use- Centaur shifters, brakes(can these be used for cross?), and rear derailleur, Record front derailleur, Chorus chainrings (50/34), Record cassette (23-11), Zonda wheelset. I have no crankarms.
I tried the search function, but did not like what I found. Plus, if I have questions I would like to ask the people that make the suggestion. Thanks!