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need help building up a frame on a budget(10 posts)

need help building up a frame on a budgetdovid
Jan 22, 2004 3:47 AM
i bought a nice EPX frame and fork a month ago. now it's time to build it up. my budget for the rest of the components is under $850. Is there a way that i can squeeze in an Ultegra group with Open Pro/Ultegra wheels in my budget? i have some old pedals that will do the trick for now. the stem, handlebar, seatpost, saddle, and tires will be a financial(short-term) compromise. the total cost for them should be around $150. can this be done? please post some links to good deals.
re: need help building up a frame on a budgetcyclopathic
Jan 22, 2004 6:16 AM
check http://www.comparisonpricing.com/ also www.qbike.com, www.bestbikebuys.com and clearing outlets like www.chucksbikes.com good luck
re: need help building up a frame on a budgetjwarrenod
Jan 22, 2004 7:25 AM
I did something similar with a frame (Tange Prestige elite) and fork (Carbon Martek) that I bought from Chucksbikes.com. I bought the drivetrain and brake/shifters on ebay in pieces and a set of older yet unused brakes from an LBS. I'm lazy so I had the lbs build it up for $150. My total for the parts/labor was around $500 and the frame and fork were $120.

JW
re: need help building up a frame on a budgetjwarrenod
Jan 22, 2004 7:26 AM
Oops, forgot to say I used all 105 for the components.

JW
re: need help building up a frame on a budgetmfuchs
Jan 22, 2004 8:40 AM
check out Tx cyclesports http://txcyclesport.com they have an Ultegra group with Open Pros for $719. That is without the bar, stem, post,saddle, and tires though
re: need help building up a frame on a budgetMShaw
Jan 22, 2004 9:16 AM
Stay away from ebay if you can help it. Some of those auctions go for more than prices at your LBS.

Best way to save money: semi-used components.

Best source of used stuff: your LBS mechanics. Lots of times, the mechanics end up with an assortment of cheap parts that come from various repairs. New mechanics aren't your best bet.

After that, try the big superstore-type places. Supergo always has a bargain table loaded with stuff. Take-offs normally. Some days are better than others, but eventually you'll be able to put together a bike out of parts. I got a pair of STI for $49 at one store. Have seen Ritchey Pro wheels for $99. Take-off stems for $5. Etc.

Even the for sale section here has some good deals. D/A 9sp is going for less right now 'cause there's guys upgrading to D/A 10sp and want to get rid of their old stuff. Check mtbr.com too. There's some road stuff that shows up there too.

Your local triathletes are usually a good source of wheels. Since they want the aero wheels, lots of times they have lightly used OP-style wheels for cheap.

If you're in a hurry, you're going to pay more.

Good hunting!

Mike
Ebay is still a good place to shopMel Erickson
Jan 22, 2004 9:38 AM
Just like buying from anywhere else, you have to know the value of what you're buying. I wanted to build up a new bike and also wanted to see if I could do most or all of it on Ebay. With some judicious bidding I accumulated a new Raleigh Zona Nivachrom frame and equipped it with an almost new Chorus and Record drivetrain along with other very high quality bits (Selcof, Salsa, WTB, new Velocity wheels, etc.), some new, some used, most off eBay, for $1,162.50. One big advantage that Ebay has is the large selection of parts. Over the period of about a month you can find almost anything you want.

Some parts on Ebay do go for more than could be had from merchants. You have to do your homework, set your max price and stick to it. Don't get caught up in the bidding and drop out when it's out of your price range. Simple self control is all it takes.

That said, your other suggestions are good ones. Unfortunately the LBS around here have few used parts and most are of low quality.
re: need help building up a frame on a budgetskibert
Jan 22, 2004 1:59 PM
I know its over your budget but coloradocyclist has everything for just over $900.
Donor bike.Spoke Wrench
Jan 22, 2004 3:21 PM
Don't overlook the possibility of buying a whole bike and transferring the parts.
thanks guys...dovid
Jan 23, 2004 3:05 AM
i'm thinking of buying all of the Ultegra parts along with the bar, stem, seatpost, saddle, and headset from Nashbar. With a 10% off coupon it should come out to just a little over $600. The Open Pro/Ultegra wheels will cost about $220 with shipping. Is it wise to buy that much stuff from Nashbar? a year ago i built up a Zaskar Team frame and ordered stuff from Nashbar. can't say anything bad about them.