I'm about to purchase a LHT, but am wondering what people think of buying the complete bike vs just the frame and building it up. I've never built up a bike before and don't know exactly how to go about picking out components. Is there a list somewhere? Plus my mechanic skills are lacking (I know they have to improve before any long trips) so I have to keep in mind the cost of having my LBS build up the frame. Obviously with the complete bike, I would change the seat but don't know how much else I would change.
I'm sure you guys have experience with both. Any recommendations?