I just figured I'd post this thread becuase 1) It's an uncommon frame, and 2) I would welcome suggestions/criticism and I didn't want to hijack the 'show your bike' thread.
Edit: Whoops, accidently hit 'post'...
I picked the frame becuause of the flexibility- my ultimate goal is to start cyclocross racing, but I also love fixed-gear bikes and touring, and this frame can do all of that, plus more.
The only parts I bought new specifically for this build were:
Frame - Cotic Roadrat ('medium short'... its still got a long toptube)
Headset - FSA (I admit, I jumped on it half because it was white)
Wheels - 105 hubs, Open pro rims (The front is actually still on order. What you see there is a Phil Wood/Mavic wheel I had lying around.)
Tires - Cheap Vredsteins. Theyre still fast- 160 max PSI, and light compared to the Armadillos I have on everything else. I have some knobby CX tires that will be installed soon enough- the road build was more appropriate for me at the moment.
Parts-bin stuff (mostly leftovers from touring bikes)
Crankset - FSA touring cranks (53/42/36?) on a UN54
Cassette - another touring leftover (11-32? Too lazy to count, but its pretty fat. Between the cranks and cassette, I never really drop below the middle chainring on the road, and the lowest gear isnt comfortable to ride without the wieght of loaded panniers)
Shifters- Tiagra triples off my tourer (I found out that I preferred bar-ends). I would like a double set-up, but this is what I had.
F Der - Tiagra. I think I'm going to have to replace this, becuase it doesnt seem to fit over my 53/42 chainrings very well. It either rubs my 42 or sits too high over my 53.
R Der - XT, long cage. Might be too long, especially if I move to a smaller cassette.
Brakes - Tektro Oryx. They're ok.
Seatpost is carbon, left over from an old bike
Selle San Marco Aspide saddle- not padded at all, but Ive had no issues riding it. I'm afraid of mounting/dismounting it, however....
Hah, maybe this should be my 'almost finished' build... but I never really stop tinkering, so I have to pick a spot somewhere :]