Picked a Specialized Tricross for $20 at a swap meet.
Looks just like this:
I want to ride more CX than touring on it. Skids n wheelies for winter!
Will it ride poorly
Setting it up 2x at the front
Id ike to get the cockpit lower but run into a hurdle of the stem fouling the cable guide.
Dont like the gear cable (much prefer them running under the bar tape)
Get a crown mounted brake cable stop. You’ll probably need a spacer to replace that steerer mounted cable stop. Or cut down the fork (wah!)
All of the Shimano 9sp stuff runs the cables that way, as do some of the 10sp groups. It works fine. If you want to change, consider SRAM, Campy, or newer Shimano. Apparently Tiagra 4700 is where it’s at. I reckon used 10sp 105 would be good.