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Help me spec my project bike(5 posts)

Help me spec my project bikeMarco
May 23, 2001 8:58 AM
I'm planning to purchase a Gunnar Crosshairs frame (yellow) and build it up myself. I'd like to keep the cost down by buying the components via catalog or the Internet. I hear the Gunnar fork is not good. Any other low-cost alternatives? (below $200)

I'm thinking of a mix of LX/Tiagra/105-type components, with either a triple chainring with road gearing, or a double chainring with a mountain cassette in the back. Most of my riding will probably be commuting & fireroading, no serious off-road stuff and no cyclo-cross racing.

Any suggestions on component specs and sources would be helpful. How would you build it up, and why?
One part is easyRoughRider
May 23, 2001 9:17 AM
You HAVE to go Campy Racing Triple. It's the best. Nothing wrong wiht that fork, and certainly nothing that you are gonna fix for less than 200 babies. Get Open Pro wheelset - best for the money. The rest is just stuff really - get what is comfortable and a good deal, aside from brakes where you HAVE to get Avids, no question.

So there you go....
re: Help me spec my project bikeclimbo
May 23, 2001 9:21 AM
How I would build it and why will be of no use to you, I race and use a single ring with a road cassette in back. If you don't plan to race or ride trails, you shouldn't need a triple. Go for a regular road crankset with a mountain cassette in back would be the best.
May 23, 2001 9:53 AM
If you're not going to race why not build up an mtb frame with a rigid fork and run slicks? For about the cost of the Gunnar frame you can build a decent commuter. E.g.: from Supergo you can get a frame for around $125 and an LX/Sun Sub IV wheelset for another $125 a good start and you've only spent $250.00.
get a gunnar...jethro tull
May 31, 2001 9:50 PM
... i love mine.......f'n cheap too... also look into the surly....
they sell a complete bike in your price range............