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105 (or other cheaper) build kits?(10 posts)

105 (or other cheaper) build kits?Kapusta
Sep 21, 2001 10:12 PM
I may get a very good deal on a barely used Trek y-foil frame (and possibly fork). I've been riding the bike for a few days and I really like it, but it looks like the owner wants to strip it to build up a new frame (this one is too big for her, and it's been sitting in the garage for a year).

I'm looking at build kits, and Ultegra goes for about $950-$1000. This is simply out of my range. Does anyone sell a more affordable kit? Maybe 105-level components.

I'm just getting into the sport, and I am not that familiar with road bikes or all the component options, but I've built a mountain bike from the frame-up twice (except the bb, and the wheels were already built)

Thanks for any help.

re: 105 (or other cheaper) build kits?jacques
Sep 22, 2001 1:58 AM
Ultegra will last a bit longer, weighs a bit less and looks a little better better (in my opinion) than 105. But unless you're putting 10,000 miles a year on your bike, climbing a lot of steep hills where every gram saved makes a difference and care more about looks than speed, 105 will work fine.
re: 105 (or other cheaper) build kits?Kapusta
Sep 22, 2001 7:30 AM

I got a link to a 105 kit, and it is $150 cheaper than Ultegra. do you think it is worth the difference?

Try buying a used bike for partsDave Hickey
Sep 22, 2001 4:15 AM
If you are looking for a entire build kit ie, wheels,components, bar, saddle,etc.., try looking for a used road bike. Strip the bike of the parts and sell the frame. I will be much cheaper that buying a build kit or indivual components. If STI shifting is not important you can find a 105 equipped bike for a couple of hundred dollars
re: 105 (or other cheaper) build kits?Rusty Coggs
Sep 22, 2001 4:31 AM has complete 105 build kits for $800.
re: 105 (or other cheaper) build kits?Kapusta
Sep 22, 2001 7:13 AM
Mr. Coggs:

Thanks for the link. I see that Ultegra is $150 more. Is there going to be a hige difference? I'm more familiar with mountain bikes, and I'm told that 105 is sort of in the LX range and ultegra in the XT range. I know that $150 for a full LX to XT upgrade would be a steal, and make a BIG difference in weight, and I'd be crazy not to do it (I ride a lot). If 105 is $800, would I be better off holding off for a few months and saving for the Ultegra?

re: 105 (or other cheaper) build kits?Xknuckle-upX
Sep 22, 2001 12:45 PM
check the classifieds section on this website form time to time... three days ago someone was selling a new and unused full campy record 10-speed gruppo for $850... that is almost half price. i cobbled together a bike from parts bought off this site with good results. saved about $800...just takes a little patience.
re: 105 (or other cheaper) build kits?Birddog
Sep 22, 2001 4:21 PM
I've had very good results purchasing from "Two Wheel Deals". They do not have a website, but they seem to have a pretty good inventory of componenets. You can reach them at I corresponded with Cheryl. Just tell them what you are interested in and they will give you a quote. They also ship very quick. I received a fork that was damaged in shipment and they had a new one shipped to me in less than a week. I am not associated with them in any way, but I highly reccomend them. No question--- the best deals....nestorl
Sep 23, 2001 4:47 AM
105 Sti 795
Ultegra 910

And with high end components.... Others will give you the 105 group but onece you see the rest...handle bar, stem, see that they are crap!. So if you want a great kit go

The best of all...if you have some parts he will be willing to give you the credit so that your total will be less
Sep 25, 2001 7:09 AM
Where did that come from about Ultega lasting longer than 105!!!!!!!!

Who hasn't been reading the stuff about the Ultegra shifters then eh?

105 - the thinking man's selection - why pay more?