I'm considering converting my Soma Double Cross DC into a trail ready Monster-cross bike.
The bike currently has road-bike wheels (Mavic Open Pro with 105 hubs) and canti brakes. The drivetrain is a 105 triple (50, 39 & 26t) with a 12-27 ten speed cassette. I have both a road bike and a commuter/rain/winter bike, so my on-road needs are met.
I'm considering disc brakes, 29er wheels, a 2x10 drivetrain. I'll keep the drop bars and brifters. I might even just put a chainguard where the big ring is, run the existing 39 & 26t road crankset and an 11-32 ten speed cassette on the back for starters.
I'll use the bike for 50/50 on-road & off-road use. I'll ride on pavement to the trails, play in the dirt and ride home. It might also see some lengthy gravel road or gravel rails-to-trails rides and touring. It won't see much technical riding. I live in the Midwest.
Any suggestions for wheels & brakes?
Does the project have merit?