I recently decided to build my first CX bike. I actually have a connection for frames so I was able to get a brand new carbon CX frame on the cheap. My problem comes in the components. Without thinking, I purchased an Ultegra 6700 group with a compact crank and 11-28. Then, my brother pointed out that a.) its going to get abused doing cx, b.) I should use some MTB components like RD and FD so they can be used for multiple seasons whereas Ultegra may be thrashed after just one.
Has anyone used MTB components for cx? Does this work? Is there an alternative? I noticed MTB FD's and RD's are 9 speed but any STI levers I can find are 10 speed. I looked for some 105 9-speed but everything is either in crap condition or obscenely expensive. Can I make this work somehow?
I was considering selling the entire groupset and purchasing a Rival groupset, but NO ONE around me is a fan of SRAM.
Its almost like I cant win...
Can someone please help me put together a component set that would be ideal for CX with comparable quality to, say, a Rival or Ultegra groupset? I dont care if it turns into Franken-bike