I'm thinking about taking the plunge into this wonderful world and wanted to gather any advice and suggestions you might have. Especially regards saving on the budget. It's quite off putting at the moment
My mechanical level: I'm comfortable swapping cassette between wheels, installing new fork, chain, generally keeping the bike rideable (brake adjustments etc).
Surly Cross Check 50cm Black (400 EUR)
Shimano 105 9sp Groupset (401.48 EUR) or Shimano 105 10sp Groupset (475.83 EUR)
Easton EA50 Ergo-Bend Road Bar - 2005 (34.19 EUR)
Ritchey Road Stem Pro (37.16 EUR)
Cinelli Reflective Bar Tape (20 EUR)
Tioga O-Bone 6061 Seatpost 27.2mm 350mm Black (22.29 EUR)
Fizik Poggio Twin Tech Titanium Black - Yellow (59.47 EUR)
Egg Beaters Carbon Steel Body / Wing - Black (59.47 EUR)
I'm a 200 lb guy so something beefy. Have no problem having a go at building myself. Was looking at Mavic rims, DT Swiss SS spokes and not sure regards hub, maybe stick to 105.
Mavic A917/Open Pro Road/CXP22 (lets budget 60 EUR)
Shimano 105 5501 9sp Rear Hub (47.57 EUR)
Shimano 105 5501 Front Hub (26.69 EUR)
Specialized Butyl Lightweight 700 x 28 / 38C Schrader x2 (8.89 EUR)
Velox Rim Tape Cloth 16mm (6 EUR)
DT Swiss Competition Stainless DB Spokes (need correct ones but will do for pricing) (29.73 EUR)
Park Tool Portable Wheel Dishing Guage (32.70 EUR)
Park Tool Home Wheel Truing Stand (123.41 EUR)
Park Tool Home Mechanic PCS10 Repair Stand (148.69 EUR)
That lot comes to about 1600 euros or $2000 USD. And I didn't included tyres or skewers. Am I missing anything else? Is there something you think is crazy? Where I can cut the budget? I was looking at:
Shimano Tiagra 9sp Groupset saves 100 EUR
Dropping wheel tools & components swapping for prebuilt wheels - probably save 50 EUR
Saddle - something less flashy save 30 EUR
The other side of the coin is LBS offered me a Cross Check frame and fork, 500 EUR, built up with Tiagra (no wheels) 850 EUR.
So right now I'm trying to balance: effort and time and lots of cash versus no effort, not too long a wait, and not so much cash. But I won't have built it myself... All comments and suggestions welcome!