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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
If you're on a budget you most prudent bet is to use what you have on hand/came with the frame. Otherwise you're going to burn through a lot of cash and in the end come up with a bike that may be a jack of all trades but a complete master of neither purpose you stated. If you have $500 to $700 to burn I'd look at saving a little more and getting a Surly cross-check or something in a similar vein.
Where's the fun in that !

I converted an early 90's Bianchi "Cross Terrain" bike to drops and brifters. Mostly used/NOS parts with the exception of a stem adaptor and stem. It was probably close to $300. Kept the wheels (though I had to redish the rear), derailleurs and crankset.
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