I'm going to purchase an All City Nature Boy SS CX frame & fork. I'd rather build up the pieces than buy a preset build. I'm not too worried about weight, more so about parts durability. My wife already thinks I spent too much money on my road bike (I did). What value oriented (defined as value per $) parts would you suggest? Especially for brakes, headset, crankset, wheels, etc. I'd rather rely on new parts then go the used route.
I think this discussion would be of value to anyone considering building up a single speed frame (as opposed to those converting a geared cx bicycle). I'm just getting a start this season, so no need for the CAT 1 build:>
I really like my Kore Kross brakes. My Avid Shorties were more powerful in ideal conditions but the Kores are just better overall and amazingly adjustable. The race versions have more features and less weight than most brakes that cost twice as much or more.
For wheels I really love Mavics. I have Aksium clinchers and a set of older tubular Ksyriums. All have been absolutely wonderful wheels and I'm a clyde who is hard on his wheels.
I used a pair of Sugino 75 cranks, Chris King headset, the wheels are Kinlin XR200 rims built on to Phil Wood hubs, a 130mm being used for the rear. I built my bike for reliability and there is no doubt you can get lighter hubs than Phil Wood but they would be up there with the best made cycling components around. I have TRP cantilevers in alloy as I couldn't really see the value in the carbon or magnesium versions. They work really well but being a first timer I developed a whole new range of swear words when trying to set them up initially.