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shimano 105 revisited(7 posts)

shimano 105 revisitedsa
Aug 14, 2001 5:28 AM
does anyone know which is the better deal, iwent to gvh bike and there was a deal for 105 built kit, went to nashbar, jensons, pricepoint and excel , all different components on the built kit where is the best deal for the product? thanks for your help. i do not want to make a mistake not alot of money
I'm sorryalex the engineer
Aug 14, 2001 5:30 AM
Just WHAT is your question, again??? Please be clear.
I'm sorrysal
Aug 14, 2001 6:09 AM
my question was there are different parts on the different web sites for the built kit, i want to know what the best parts are for the built kit, i understand they are mostly the same
re: shimano 105 revisitednova
Aug 14, 2001 5:55 AM
Well, for starters, GVH Bikes won't sell a build kit to you unless you purchase a frame from them. So cross that off of your list unless you are buying a frame there.

You may be better off just buying a 105 group from Excel, and getting the other parts (saddles, seatpost, handlebars, etc.) from Nashbar.
Gary Hobbs is the best, and he'll sell you a build kit.Pogliaghi
Aug 14, 2001 11:03 AM
His 105 triple STI build kit at $695 is the lowest price around. From Gary Hobbs' page, "no frameset purchase is necessary."

Excel's build kit, I believe, is a 105 double for $800. GVH sells a comparable kit for $795.

He's also willing to do substitutions on the build kits. i.e. He charged me $90 to upgrade my saddle to a Brooks Swift, or he'll subtract the cost of the STI shifters if you have brake levers and shifters already, etc. etc.

Plus, Gary will also install parts for $75. I'll vouch for him any day. I sent him a frame last year and he built up the bike and it's been flawless from day one.

The only downside to Gary is that he is busy during this time of the year and getting a bike build from him will take time.
Aug 14, 2001 11:14 AM
are the two comparable 800 from excel and 795 from gvh? what is the better deal?
Aug 14, 2001 3:38 PM
Flip a coin, they are right about even. Personally, I have 3TTT bars and stems on both my road and cross bikes. Yet, I'd still have a hard time choosing between either as I do like the Ritchey stem and seatpost.

Shipping and tax, if you live in either state, would likely affect your cost more than the $5 difference between the two. Weight difference for the bars, stems and seatpost will probably come within 20g. For me, aesthetics would start coming into play when deciding between both. You're not going to go wrong choosing one over the other.