Hi guys. My first post and topic on this forum...hoping to get some WW advice. Really admire a lot of the bikes posted here, so hoping I can build a WW bike of my own.
I'm looking to build myself a light, fast and comfortable cyclocross bike. It will be ridden on the road, gravel, fireroad and compact mud. At first it is unlikely to be raced...but I have already eyed up a few events later in the year - so it needs to be pretty stiff and as race ready as possible. It will also need to be comfortable enough for long rides on and off road too. Not sure if I can have the best of both worlds? If I had to sacrifice one, it would be the comfort.
I have a maximum of a £3,000 budget, but hoping I can come in under that if possible. At present I ride a 58cm Cannondale CAAD10 105 (2012); however this is being sold to fund this project. Will it be best to buy a frame and build up from there? Or is it going to be better to buy a complete build, and change out parts? > Carbon, aluminium, or steel frame?
I am looking for a lightweight frame, so that kind of rules out steel already. Is carbon worth the extra expense? I know it will be the lightest, but it is also a lot more expensive than aluminium. Is carbon going to be worth the extra expense for comfort over long periods of riding off road? My CAAD10 is aluminium and I can feel pretty much every little bump in the road. I'm guessing this is going to be a lot worse off road, and won't be comfortable for long periods of time?> Discs or cantilever?
So discs are still relatively new in professional cyclocross. However it seems a lot of pros are still choosing cantilever over them. For the sort of riding I will be doing I presume discs are going to be the better choice? Especially with the English weather!> What manufacturer groupset is considered to be the best?
Every article/forum post I read brings up different answers here. It appears to be SRAM or Campagnolo over Shimano?> When will the new cyclocross builds be coming onto the market?
I see that the 2013/14 Ridley X-Night is coming onto the market around June time. Will other manufacturers release their new cyclocross bikes at a similar time? The main reason I ask this, is so that I can work out when the 2012/2013 models will be going on sale, so I can hopefully save some money.> Any bikes or frames that you guys recommend?
Thanks in advance for any help