So I "drank the kool aid" and got a cross bike. My acquisition of this bike came about after conversations with Lou at the Pony Shop about why I wasn't racing cross. The first obstacle being that I didn't have bike and not a ton 'o cash to drop right now.
He had the frame, I had the wheels, stem, bars and pedals. Lou also had some other slightly used parts. So its a mix of new and old. Decided to run only a 42 chain ring. Redline Conquest Pro frame, King headset, Dura-Ace rear, Ksyrium wheels, Spooky brakes. First race will be this Sunday. Thanks again to Lou for the quick build.