So I'm about to purchase my first cyclecross/road bike. I have always been a recreational mountain bike guy, I currently own a jamis Dakar cross country bike that I built from the frame up with my LBS I would like to get something for recreation/fitness that I can just jump on right from my house and ride instead of having to drive to the closest trails.
I'm pretty set on the TREK crossrip comp as I don't need anything super high end but I do want the disc brakes and love the style of the bike as well.
Having built a bike before I want to add a little of my own touch to this bike I'm thinking of upgrading the derailleurs and possibly the wheel set for something a little nicer. I don't want to break the bank tho.
I came across the Reynolds stratus elite disc wheels, they look pretty nice and seem to have good overall reviews plus they wont bust my wallet. As for the derailleurs I have no clue what to do seeing that this bike has an 8 speed setup.
The last thing I have to think about is the pedal setup. I have always been a toe cage guy. But going from mtb to road and rail trails would it be hugely beneficial to jump into clipless pedals?
Any insight on setting this bike up would be wonderful. Just remember this wont be for racing I just want something fairly decent for having fun around my quiet country NE town.