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Gravel IS a lot of big sharp edges.
I wouldnt ride gravel with high pressure road tires... You'll pinch flat in no time.
I can't speak as to why. I can only report that when I laid the tensiometer on the wheel as received, the drive side was tensioned to 85-90 kgf. As noted, some of the spokes were going slack after a year, so I brought the DS spokes up to 105+/-5 kgf, and it's been trouble-free since then.
As to the cost, yes Tiagra can be less expensive and are the Ultegras you mention the current 11-speed versions or left over 10-speed? That said, the Gevenalles are only slightly more expensive initially and upgradable at much less cost since all you need is a pair of downtube levers.
2) 10 speed road shifters do not work with 9 speed mountain bike derailleurs--mountain bike shifting over shifts and settles into position and road shifting moves exactly where it wants to go and demands that everything else follow along.
3) 10 speed chains want 10 speed jockey wheels.
I used brifters, both Shimano and Campy, for many years in 7,8,9 and 10-speed form and while I loved the convenience I wasn't thrilled with the expense or perceived fragility.
You see, I am not sure exactly what it takes to build up a bike as I have never done it. I absolutely will never know if I do not try.
I don't recall suggesting anyone use 11 speed cassettes on a loaded touring bike. Did you suggest this?
You stated, "And 11 is the new norm now days." in saying Salsa Marrakesh's components, a touring bike, are behind the times.
Looks very similar to Trek 520, Surly Long Haul, REI Randonee. Steel frame, fork, bar end shifters, triple crank, derailleurs, braze ons, etc. Priced about the same at $1600. Odd that Salsa chose 9 speed instead of 10 speed. Don't see any good reason to go into the past for parts. 10 speed has been the normal for road and mountain bikes for a decade or more. And 11 is the new norm now days. Why intentionally choose parts that are 10-15 years past their prime?
I have not heard of any 11 speed bicycles designed for fully loaded touring. 10 speed has not been the normal for touring bicycles "for a decade or more". I have a 2014 Trek 520, 9 speed. Prefer 10 speeds for a touring bike if you wish, but I would not say buying a 9 speed touring bike is choosing "parts that are 10-15 years past their prime". This organization's magazine recently featured a custom touring bike that cost nearly $9000, 8 speed. I questioned that, did you? The editor didn't answer the question.
I have a Surly LHT, that I converting to down tube shifters, I raced and rode with the down tube shifters in the 70s and 80s, and felt I had a better connection with the whole shifting process.