So I'm contemplating building a cross bike, it seems you can get a better equipped bike for about the same money. Having never ridden cross / or up a bike before I've got some totally noob questions.
First off, when it comes to cranks, what length is recommended, is it just personal preference?
I see most of the cross specific bikes come with a smaller chain rings as well (39/48T) when I'm looking at cranks, most seem road cranks come with larger rings, 53/39, should I be looking for cross specific cranks? Are all front derailleurs compatible with these closer chain rings?
I think that's it for my first round of question... thanks,