Basically, looking at getting one of these and converting it into a cyclocross/light tourer/commuter (yeah, the all-arounder). I am a college student with a budget and am asking if it is feasible to convert this or if i could find a bike that is already set up the way i want it for the same or better value.
I like the sram components and the 1x9 gearing (my only bike as of now is fixed and I can handle 50-60 rides regularly, i figure the legs could use a bit of a break though, but not too much )
I like the disk brakes
I like the frame (steel and mounts)
I like the tire clearance (gives me options)
I have drop bars/pedals/seat for the conversion
Aside from "brifters" compatible with the sram 1X9 (really only need one and a hooded brake lever) and maybe a rear rack, what else would i need to buy/ change? or am i wasting my time and this bike is already out there somewhere?
2013 Niner EMD (29er), 2012 Motobecane New Fantom Cross (Cyclocross), Vintage Schwinn Voyegeur set up in city mode w/ wald basket (Commuting), and a nashbar road frame w/ Shimano 600 components (wife's bike).
Buying that "brifter" could get expensive by itself. I would just go ahead and buy a cyclocross bike. It'd be easier to turn an 18speed cx bike into a 9 speed than to buy this bike and make it a cyclocross bike, and you'd get a more aggressive geometry. CX bikes already usually have rackmounts for your rear rack too.
I know I'm biased towards BD, but I'd do this and throw on a track crankset.