I am planning on ordering my first cyclocross bike in the next couple of days. I am planning on using it to ride both fire roads and some road riding until my new roadie arrives (titanium if's take forever!). On most road bikes I ride a 55 - 56 cm frame. I have been told to go just a little smaller on a cx bike though. Unfortunately cyclocross is pretty much unheard of where I live so there are absolutely none to try out. Also, since I have never tried it before I am going to keep the price sort of low. I am planning on ordering a Redline Conquest. I haven't seen a whole lot of reviews on this bike but the ones that I have seen all look pretty good. Does anyone have any opinions on this bike?
I am 5'10" with a 32" inseam. This is not a pants size inseam it is actual inseam. My thigh length is 34.5 cm and my total body length (not including neck or head) is148 cm. My arm length is 64.5cm. Should I go with the 54 cm or the 56 cm?
Also, will I be able to just put my road wheelset on this bike? It is shimano 9 speed with a hugi 240 hub.
Thanks in advance