Racing build for a Surly (DT shifters?)
Right now, my Surly is built up as a commuter, with a rack, panniers, etc. I'm trying to figure out exactly what I should change for race season.
It's got kind of a weird build right now: 105 derailleurs and DA 7800 downtube shifters, with some Tektro levers pulling Kore wide-stance cantilevers. It's got a 1st-gen Rival crank, and I'm running 53/39 because it's sort of a dual-purpose bike that gets ridden on the road as well. For racing, it'll effectively be a somewhat low-geared 1x10; I can't imagine using a 53t ring in a CX race.
I already know I'm going to swap out for a carbon fork, and possibly a shorter stem and wider bars. However, I'm kind of conflicted about what to do with the drivetrain. The way I see it, I have a few options:
1) Keep the DT shifters and look like a total badass
2) Swap out the right DT shifter for a barcon
3) Swap the right shifter for an STI lever
4) Swap the right shifter and rear derailleur for Rival
Option 1) puts me at the obvious disadvantage of having to reach down to shift in a CX race. Option 2) isn't much better, since I rarely ride the drops in CX. Not gonna do it. Option 3) seems like the most cost-effective and intelligent way to go. Option 4) would be optimal for CX, but I'm on a budget - if I buy Rival, it'll be an upgrade for my road bike, and the Surly would get banged-up Ultegra 6600.
So my question: I know it's stupid, but just HOW stupid would it be to race with downtube shifters? Realistically, it's between 1) and 3). I plan on keeping the DT for the front, both for Lance Armstrong points and because I'm not going to be shifting it anyway.
On that note, does anyone have any experience riding a 1x10 setup with a Tektro/Cane Creek lever and a Shimano 10-speed brifter? Does it feel weird?