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Good deals on build kits?(10 posts)

Good deals on build kits?MrDan
Feb 24, 2003 8:50 AM
I'm toying with building a bike instead of purchasing. CC looks like they have decent prices on build kits, but I haven't looked around much yet. Anyone care to offer their experiences/knowledge?

-D
check out total cycle there cheaper!nmthe bull
Feb 24, 2003 9:55 AM
re: Good deals on build kits?cycling6500
Feb 24, 2003 12:02 PM
Be careful of the shipping charges.
Try to find a place where they have most of the components you need.
I just finished building my second bike.
Here are some of the sites I've dealt with:
1. Wise Cycle Buys, luckily they have most of everything I needed. Low prices without sacrificing services. William is a nice guy to deal with.
2. Texas Cyclesport, prices similar to above plus shipping.
3. TotalCycling, excellent prices, prompt service, and fair shipping charges. Check import duties.
I second www.wisecyclebuys.com ( nm )superdog
Feb 25, 2003 8:14 PM
Here's a couple for you....asphalt assault
Feb 24, 2003 1:22 PM
www.lickbike.com They will match any other quote you find and knock off 11% of the difference. I just ordered an Ultegra gruppo from them. They carry Campy as well as Shimano stuff.

www.jensonusa.com is always a good place to look for some good deals.
Lickbike was my choice for a Chorus 10 speed ...IFRider
Feb 25, 2003 5:19 PM
They are great to work with.
Thanks much to everyone.-D, nmMrDan
Feb 25, 2003 6:27 AM
Thanks much to everyone.-D, nmrussw19
Feb 25, 2003 8:19 AM
Make sure ahead of time that you know exactly what parts you want and need. Make sure the kit has the right stuff and if not that they will let you customize it. Sometimes you will find closeouts on build kits that were left overs from some bike company's OEM kits. That may often mean you are stuck with a clamp on front derailleur or a certain size crank and bottom bracket. Make sure whomever you buy from will let you change around parts if need be. That way if you want 28 hole hubs instead of 32 or 36, you can get it. Make sure you can get an Italian thread bottom bracket if that's what your frame takes... and so on. Often the too good to be true deals are old stock from companies for specific brands of bikes, meaning specific specs of parts.
You get the point... if you can customize to fit your needs, great, if not, look elsewhere.
Russw... about customizing...MrDan
Feb 26, 2003 8:30 PM
Yup, definately. I just want to do this once...! Who has been good for swapping/customizing? I actually want to skip building hubs/wheels and will purchase a completed set instead, though I guess some of these places will build the wheels for you...?

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re: Good deals on build kits?twospoke
Feb 27, 2003 8:11 AM
Check out http://piermontbike.com/ they are a local shop, but I built up a bike a few months back, I was going to go with one of the nail order places, and I just happened to stop in because I had a flat, and needed a new tube, I ended up talking with the guy, he gave me the best price, and let me customize it exactly how I wanted it, and the service was Awesome, the seat post I had wanted was backorderd, so he just gave me another one to use until mine came in, so that I could ride me new bike ASAP. definitely worth giving a call.
Ask for Glenn, those guys rock.