I'm looking for a good commuter/tourer/sometimes single track to replace my Fisher that was lifted.
I've been wrestling with this question for about a month. I'm looking to have a flat bar and ends (I've had them my whole life and am comfortable with them) with mtn bike components (thumb shifters, v-brakes, triple crank... not sure brands, any suggestions?). Would it be better to just pull the trigger on the factory built cross check at about $815.00 and change out the components, or buy the frame, possibly used, and build the bike up myself. Would there be a big price difference? I'm not super familiar with the mechanics, so I'd have to cull the parts together and have the bike shop build it up.
any help would be appreciated,