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Building a Bike from parts off eBay(16 posts)

Building a Bike from parts off eBaylexington476
Oct 17, 2003 6:46 AM
I have a cyclocross frame and want to build the bike, but do not have the money to buy new. I am thinking of giving a try of buying the parts I need (all of them) off eBay. Anyone ever try this?

Is there a list out there of all the parts I would need (I have the frame and fork), so I do not forget/miss anything?
re: Building a Bike from parts off eBaySteve_0
Oct 17, 2003 6:53 AM
Wheelset
tires/tubes
cassette/freewheel
chainring
front derailuer
rear derailuer
crank
BB
Brakes
Levers
Shifters
cables/housing
Stem
handlebar
seatpost
seat

allenkeys, and the specialty tools to install BB, cassette, brakecables, etc.
check compatibilitiesDougSloan
Oct 17, 2003 7:03 AM
There are a few parts that must be compatible, of course. Notably, bottom bracket threads/frame, bottom bracket spindle/cranks, cassette/hub, cogs/chain/rings, fork steerer/stem, shifters/derailleurs, front derailleur/frame/clamp/pull direction, stem/handlbar.

I've not seen a detailed list of parts, and it depends a lot on how you buy parts; if you buy wheel parts to build up rather than assembled wheels, big difference. I'll take a crack at it:

*frame
*fork
*front wheel
*rear wheel
*cranks
*rings / bolts
*pedals
*bottom bracket
*cassette
*cassette lock ring
*chain / chain connector
*skewers
*front derailleur (and clamp?)
*rear derailleur
*brake calipers/center pulls
*if center pulls, cable stop
*stem
*stem spacers (if threadless)
*star fangled nut/top cap/bolt (if threadless)
*handlebars
*shifters/brake levers
*seat post
*seat post clamp
*saddle
*brake cables/housing
*shifter cables/housing
*cable ferrules/end caps
*pedals
*cleats
*bar tape
*bar plugs
*head set
*water bottle cages/bolts
*rim strips
*tires
*tubes
*computer

Tools to assemble above.

If building wheels:
*hubs
*rims
*spokes
*nipples

Doug
My CX build listChicago_Steve
Oct 17, 2003 7:05 AM
Here's a copy of the Excel spreadsheet I used when I built my CX bike. drop me an e-mail if you want me to send you the .xls file. stevenhammond2@@@@netscape.net
I have built several that way, at least for the major items,cdhbrad
Oct 17, 2003 7:36 AM
like frame, wheels, and drivetrain. But I picked up small stuff from my LBS or one of the major mailorder sources, like cables, housing , bar tape, etc. If you try and get everything you need off ebay, which I suppose is possible, the separate shipping charges will eat up any savings you might have by getting some of your parts from your LBS or mailorder.
Compatibility is an issue to be aware as mentioned and, unless you only bid on "new" items, the appearance of some components you bid on successfully may not be 100% perfect, but then you aren't building a show bike either.
Good Luck, its a lot of fun to ride the finished product.
re: Building a Bike from parts off eBaylexington476
Oct 17, 2003 7:33 AM
That compatible thing is the big item on my mind. How in the world do I know if all the parts I am looking at are compatible????????? Stick with one common brand?

Thanks all!
A couple of suggestionsTimA
Oct 17, 2003 7:46 AM
While you definitely can pick up parts off Ebay and build your bike, the shipping costs may severely cut into your checkbook. Often times you can find the parts new at discount retailers for close to what ebay has and have only 1 shipment. Another option is to buy a complete bike off ebay or RBR, strip the parts and sell the frame. You usually end up with one or two parts that aren't compatible, but cost-wise it can be quite good.
eBay is a seller's marketgtx
Oct 17, 2003 7:51 AM
I can't believe some of the prices people get for stuff. I've bought a few things, but only when other bidders seem to be asleep. But often I've seen stuff go for more than you could get it new. Take a look at chucksbikes.com and some other el cheapo places like that.
eBay is a seller's marketGrahamalicious
Oct 17, 2003 8:34 AM
Yeah, be careful what you pay on ebay. If you're looking for cheap, check supergo, CC and the others. I stripped my old bike and sold it for a total of at least $1,000 for seperate parts. bought the bike used for $900 and spent $300 on it in upgrades. Pretty good as far as depreciation goes.
Of note, I got $115 for Some 6 year old Shimano 600 STIs (in good shape) But new Ultegra ones (with a warranty and everything) ones go for $150 at supergo.

Also, $150 for some 60 hubs laced to mavic open 20 rims (with dents in the rim, and pictures of them).... $200ish for new Ultegra/OPs and $70
for some 600 brake calipers ($79 for brand new ones)
madness!gtx
Oct 17, 2003 9:16 AM
That's it. I'm gonna go through my boxes and boxes of bike stuff and sell off some of it. Hmmm, and I wonder what I could get for all those used tires and chains I seem to never throw out... ;)

For a good laugh, check out this auction

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3146042998
funny stuff. ThanksDaveG
Oct 18, 2003 5:49 AM
That ebay ad had me laughing out loud. Despite his efforts to discourage bidders he still gets $900! Good stuff
Careful!Spoke Wrench
Oct 17, 2003 7:57 AM
With a little selective shopping and bidding I think that you could set a record for the highest cost bike on the bulletin board. Building up a bike from parts can work out to be economical for people who have the time, patience and knowledge to do a lot of shopping around. As a general rule, however, the cheapest way to buy bicycle components is all at once and bolted onto a bicycle frame.
re: Building a Bike from parts off eBaylexington476
Oct 17, 2003 8:36 AM
Ok, major items off eBay (wheels). How do you build a bike on the cheap? I have the 2003 Cannondale X800 CX frame and fork, and no other parts. What can I pick up a whole bike for, for parts? I have looked the 105 kit from Cyclocrossworld.com, but even that is still eight hundred dollars American.
What I would do..TimA
Oct 17, 2003 8:58 AM
Look for something like this: (not my auction) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3628955630&category=2904
I found a great deal on a bike with a wrecked frame, most of the parts were fine. If you're a little patient, you can find some great deals on complete bikes. The auction I listed is ok. The nice thing is you don't have to worry about fit for the frame, and you can resell it for some extra cash.
re: Building a Bike from parts off eBaylexington476
Oct 17, 2003 9:08 AM
Ok, major items off eBay (wheels). How do you build a bike on the cheap? I have the 2003 Cannondale X800 CX frame and fork, and no other parts. What can I pick up a whole bike for, for parts? I have looked the 105 kit from Cyclocrossworld.com, but even that is still eight hundred dollars American.
re: Building a Bike from parts off eBayMShaw
Oct 17, 2003 9:22 AM
One of the first places to look is an understanding LBS that's been in business for a while. I worked in a shop that had been around for a while, we used to have a stock of semi-used pieces/parts in the back that we used to sell off.

Cantilever brakes are no longer in demand, you'll probably be able to find bunches of then semi-used at your LBS... Look at Cannondale dealers if you want to run Onza cantis. They probably have a boatload of take-offs in the back.

Ditto with older 110mm mtn triples. All ya gotta do is take off the inner ring and run it as a double. I'm running 34/46 rings on my crosser ('cause I'm fat and slow right now) If you need a pair of 175s, I have a pair for cheap... with rings...

As for the rest, keep looking on this site, www.mtbr.com, etc.

Almost all the 'cross bikes I've ever seen have been serious frankenbikes. Matching parts are an anomaly rather than the norm.

Big things to keep compatible: shifters/rear derailleur/cassette. The rest you can make work.

My cross bike has a pair of Cook E-cranks, an XTR f.der., 105 STI, an XT r.der., XTR hubs w/ Sachs cassette, and Onza cantis.

It all seems to work, but it ain't pretty!

Mike