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Factory Bike v. GVH Build?(3 posts)

Factory Bike v. GVH Build?outofthesaddle
Sep 3, 2002 9:56 AM
I have narrowed bike choice down to Trek OCLV bike. I can buy a frame set and have it sent to Gary at GVH to have him build it. I think I can save quite a bit of money by doing it this way and in the bargin get a bike that fits better and has better spec -- no Bontrager. What are the downsides to doing this v. buying a factory bike (other than cost)?

I've done a fair amount of business with Gary . . .Look381i
Sep 3, 2002 10:35 AM
for myself and for friends who need bikes. I like the idea of speccing my own build and he has a high standard for quality. I am not sure who builds his wheels for him ( I don't think he does), but if you go the GVH route ask him to double check spoke tension. And then do it again when you get the bike. I don't know whether it's the build or the shipping, but occasionally the tension is off. The same could be true for any LBS bike, too, of course. I have never seen any other problems in the GVH build or shipping.

The principal downside seems to occur if you are not mechanically self-sufficient. If you buy an LBS bike, the LBS will usually provide free service and adjustments for awhile, perhaps life. If you buy a GVH bike, you are on your own or must take it to an LBS for such things. That will cost you something, perhaps a lot if the LBS doesn't like dealing with other shop's bikes.

Of course, the other issue is support for your LBS. Many of us have developed some rule of thumb about how much we are willing to pay the LBS over internet or mail-order prices. I take it that this deal meets your criterion.
I've done a fair amount of business with Gary . . .outofthesaddle
Sep 3, 2002 10:59 AM
I have the same philosophy... I'd prefer to support my LBS. The difference in price (and spec) in this case is significant -- about a grand. Thanks for the heads up on the wheels.