I'm looking for some thoughts to help me decide what to put on the bike I am building. When finished, I'm going to be using the bike for longer multi-day rides here in Australia, so it will need ot be pretty robust, and not too shabby for hitting the hills.
In light of the hills, I'm being a little bit contrary with the frameset; I've got a 2014 Genesis Equilibrium in cherry red (soooo pretty), and have added Fulcrum Race 5 wheels. I don't trust myself with carbon, and can't yet afford titanium. My other bike is an aluminium alloy, so I didn't want to get that again.
However, my next major decision is the gruppo. I am swithering between Shimano 105 and SRAM Rival primarily in the build, using 10 speeds at the rear with a compact at the front. My question is - Shimano or SRAM? I've primarily used Shimano in the past, but used SRAM on my wife's Boardman Comp and enjoyed it. I think I read somewhere that SRAM needs a bit more TLC than Shimano...
Any help anyone can fire would be appreciated.