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I'm getting a good deal on a carbon CX frame (no fork)- $350. I was quoted about $1475 for the build below. Is it reasonable? (I'm assuming I wouldn't be able to get the build at this price if I were to shop it myself)
Shimano 105 grouppo (12x27 cassette)
Shimano CX top pull FD
Shimano CX cranks 175mm 36x46 gearing
Easton EC90X fork
FSA CX headset
Avid Shorty Ultimates
Ritchey comp bars and stem
Ritchey WCS seatpost
Easton EA 70 wheels
12-18-11, 03:36 PM
Well, If you do the breakdown of all components and package complete. The fork alone,at new,costs (owest i have seen)around $375. Wheelset around the same cost. Factor in the CX items, and grouppo. It seems like a fair price. There are plenty of places where you may find on ebay the same or slightly similar quality deals or what appears to be a deal. But truth be told. Depending on how handy you are at wrenching. It means a great deal to possibly part with a little extra $ and have that build through your LBS. Think of it this way. If you price it and time it out. Looking for best deals for all those items, all the pieces and parts and cables, additional small detail items, etc...The price for a build of that sort by LBS with all those items accounted for at that price seems reasonable. Getting a fully functioning working bicycle and adjusted would far outweigh the time you search and find all the items, you may be spending more hours seeking out than actually riding. I think it is a fair cost depending on how aggressive you ride and if that fits your riding style.
I have two cross bikes. Neither is high tech in any way such as the build you are looking for above, but both fit my need. I have one of the last Bianchi cro-moly cross framesets, set up with a shimano mtb grouppo. But that was years ago and i am still running the same set up. My other is a 92 Bianchi Project 5, 700c MTB model set up with a mix and i beat on it heavily for training. It's all in what you want to spend.
12-18-11, 11:24 PM
A piece at a time, retail, quickly exceeds just buying a whole bike in cost.