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full bike or frame onlymtbgirl
May 23, 2003 10:30 AM
A general question -

What would be less expensive; buying a cyclocross bike complete with components etc. or buying the frame and building it up yourself with components bought separately (for the sake of the argument, let's say the components are identical)? Seems there are alot of deals online for components these days...

For background, I'm a mountain biker considering adding a cyclocross bike to the stable - psyched on the idea that it would be fun to both bike to the trails I normally drive to and add some spice to the less technical trails near my house. I've got a bunch of old mountain bike components lying around, & assuming I can find a compatible frame, might be able to use some of them & save some dough as well...

Thanks for any replies!
re: full bike or frame onlylaffeaux
May 23, 2003 12:29 PM
Assuming you built a frame with the exact components that a pre-built bike had from a shop, the pre-built would be cheaper in almost every case. Bike manufacturers are buying components in bulk, and pass that savings to you.

If you buy a complete bike, and then immediately start replacing components with ones that you prefer, you might find that building from a frame up is a better way to go.

It's fun to build up frames, and if you happen to have parts already that are not in use, you can save money. If you're looking to do it the most economical way, it's rarely cheaper to buy each part individually.
buy a used bike...rockbender
May 23, 2003 1:40 PM
My recommendation would be to find out what size frame and what geometry you are looking for, and then look for a used bike that fits the bill. Then, you could always swap components around as you see fit. Even if you have say half of the components for a build,by the time you buy the other half with the price of the frame and wheels, you likely could have gotten a comlete bike cheaper. my two cents.

BTW, there was a great deal on a smaller-sized Kona Jake over in the MTBR SS/Rigid ads.

Cross bikes rock - you're gonna love it!
buy a used bike...arctic hawk
May 26, 2003 3:45 AM
I agree! Buy used & save yourself some $$$ unless of course, you have plenty, the sky is the limit, it grows from trees... Do some research, make sure you know what you want, & keep an eye on ebay too! If you have all the extra parts, great! Otherwise, use the $$$ saved to buy the parts you need.
My CX is a only 2 weeks old & I love it! It truly rocks!

Arctic Hawk
(my $0.02 worth)