This is what I do for a big tire CX bike in aluminum these days-lots of tire room for the 700x43 Bruce Gordon tires and thru-axles front and rear. This one is set up with the big 11-42 XT cassette and a Praxis works 1X front chainring. The low gear is less than one-to-one.
This bike will see duty around Boulder, Colorado and maybe in the Santa Cruz mountains. The wheels are the new Mavic Ksyrium "All road". They offer stiffness and light weight at about half of what carbon wheels cost.