I've learned a great deal from these forums including how strong my urge to tour has become. I commute ~100 miles/wk with a Trek FX 7.3 and am ready to build up a Trucker Deluxe 62cm for the big trips! 130 mile weekenders through mountains will be very common, a 400mile-or-so tour's being planned for this summer, and I intend to take it for 3-week tours abroad in the coming years.
My question to y'all: What sort of components would you recommend to a bike-building newbie with the goal of keeping prices under or near $3000? Would you rather ride XT's or 105s? STIs or Bar-ends? Anyone get stuck walking up an incline for lack of 11t? Will I be laughed out of my LBS for understanding aesthetics more than cranksets?
My ideal kit so far includes
-62cm frame ( I'm 6'5" 215 lbs)
-Drop bars (wide or standard??)
-Red Grand Bois tires - 650b's fit apparently, and BEAUTIFULLY
-grey Ortlieb front/rear/handlebar packs
-Brooks Honey Flyer Saddle and matching tape
What do you think? Thanks!