Im in the process of building a bike and need some advice on drivetrain components. Most of my riding will be on roads and the bike trail near my house (and some dirt), but i also want to be able to load up the panniers and do some light touring. I have been round and round trying to decide to go with a compact double or a triple setup (9sp?). the think the Compact would be fine for most of my riding im just concerned about touring (although i could always have lower geared cassette) and durability off road.
I have been looking at Shimano 105/ultegra stuff and possibly XT if i go with the 9 speed triple.
My frame is the Surly Cross Check
Ultegra/Open Pro Wheels