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Upgradeitis can be real costly, and if you're planning upgrades even before you've gotten the bike - well, maybe you should be looking at another bike instead.
I've always found that how you synch your shifting with your pedalling has far greater influence on front derailer performance than make & model of the derailer. It's working on the tension side of the chain, so there's an easy limit to what can be achieved.
Thanks. Point well taken. And I woke up this morning not that all enthralled with my choice. So backing off.
The problem is that I've scoured them all - and when I start with the premise that I want disk brakes and lots of fender attachment points, the pickings are slim. Also, my standards are high. Here in the NW, I ride more months in the rain than not. And I want a bike that feels good under me, not like I'm driving a school bus.
Cyclocross bikes interested me, but even at $2000 they are unappealing as they are too over-ruggidized and, at that price point, too heavy. And being so popular, they are over priced IMO.
I've thought of building up a bike on carbon road frame, but no joy there as I don't see any with disk brake attachment points. I guess I should look again as cyclocross bikes with disk brakes are coming - and so will the frames. But that's one rainy-season away, me thinks.
So maybe look at a hardtail XC race MTB, slap a rigid fork on it. That'll give you the disc mounts.Fender mounts can be improvised with a modest effort and good results. Run some 24-28-32 spoke XC wheels with narrow tires. Can be made to play nice with a drop bar if that's your fancy.
Or, if you have the money, go for a Cotic Road Rat: http://www.cotic.co.uk/product/roadrat