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Old 07-01-07, 09:47 AM
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All modern hubs are sealed, although there are two types of hubs which are referred to as sealed. One is a hub with loose bearings and seals (this includes all Shimano hubs), and the other is a cartridge bearing. Either way they'll keep water out.

As for things like a carbon seat post and fork, they really aren't necessary, but if after riding for some time you do decide that you need one they are easy enough to swap out.

You can put cyclocross levers on a drop bar. What they are in a second set of break levers which go on the top of the handlebars similar to where MTB brakes are located. I use them on one of my bikes and like them a lot. They can be bought aftermarket for less than $30. Below is a photo of them on a Jamis Satellite, which you also might want to check out, as well as the Jamis Aurora.

Also look at the Surly Crosscheck.
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