I could go that route. I have a set of canti brakes, 105 shifters and derailleurs, bars, stem, saddle, seatpost. I'd need wheels, tires, a chain, top levers, a good 172.5 crank, wide fenders, and maybe a FD clamp adapter if the frame doesn't have a braze-on. I'm looking at $750-850 for a complete bike, financed by selling the Giant and the parts I have, but I could go the other way. The only issue I have with this route is fit. I would not know if the fit would be correct until the money has been spent. Cross bikes fit differently than road bikes. I checked out a Cross Check yesterday, a 52cm. The standover was higher than my 54cm Felt but the top tube was way short, even for cross. I'd need a 12cm stem.