For better or worse, I have to say that I'm pretty married to my present frame (Redline Monocog, 26" wheels). I really love the nimble feeling of 26" wheels and the BMX-like handling of the Monocog. I paid a weight penalty switching to this frame, but the fit is better so I'm happy. It's likely I will race this bike for at least the next two to four years (assuming my knees hold out).
I have slowly been upgrading from the stock parts, and it seems that my next step, at some point, will be to upgrade the headset and hubs (I already upgraded to Truvativ Stylo cranks and they're SO much better than the stock Firex that the bike came with).
Over the next four or five months -- after cross season ends but before I begin racing short track (on the same bike) my next step is to upgrade the wheels, especially the hubs. I'll stick with 32h front and rear, because I'm not getting any younger -- or lighter.
I'm considering Chris King, because they're local to me and because I can get a shop deal.
However, I just came off of the muddiest race I've ever done, and I wonder at the wisdom of using such high-zoot parts with close tolerances and brand-specific tools for something as gnarly and trashy as cyclocross. What kind of maintenance am I looking at if I get King hubs (SS cassette, 135 spacing in rear, with my library of interchangeable Surly cogs) gunky with mud? Am I looking at a relatively short lifespan for a pretty expensive part? Are there better choices that will give me nearly the same longevity and lighter weight but maybe aren't quite as high-zoot and potentially fussy?
(I'd thought of Phil Wood but they're also spendy, and farther away if I need to service them.)
Also -- although I do my own overhauls, I'm working on pretty old-school stuff -- installing the GPX bottom bracket was a new experience for me. How much will I love or regret having to buy specific tools for Chris King components? Feel free to suggest rims, too.
Thoughts and suggestions? Thanks --Beth