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buy complete or build(2 posts)

buy complete or buildmtbutah
Mar 22, 2003 7:38 PM
I am looking to purchase a new bike soon. However, I wanted to get your advice on whether to buy a complete bike or should I buy a frame and build the bike from scratch. I am looking to spend a maximum of $2500. Also, in building or buying complete, what are your recommendations for a 205 lbs. rider? Thanks.
re: buy complete or buildAndy M-S
Mar 23, 2003 4:48 AM
Well, what kind of person are you?

If you're the sort of person who never looks at their computer or car or anything else and thinks "I could improve that," then buy complete.

Or if you don't feel competent to build the bike, buy complete.

If you feel that a component swap here or there might do the trick, AND if you're comfortable with buying used, then you might want to build it.

Trick is that you will generally not save much if any money buying a new frame and building it up as opposed to the same frame with a purchased gruppo.

But you can sometimes do things if you build the bike that nobody is going to sell you stock. I buy my frames used and mess with 'em...right now, I have a nice frame that's going to be equipped with Campy10 Centaur shifters controlling a Shimano9 drivetrain (Stronglight cranks). You're never going to find that in a stock bike...