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    If you were going to order parts/components from one website, which would it be?

    I am building my Long Haul Trucker and I want to save on shipping by ordering as much as I can from the same place. What site would you recommend in terms of decent prices, availability and reasonable shipping?

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    Try Probikekit in the UK. Their stock is not always the best, but prices are good and they offer free shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steev View Post
    Try Probikekit in the UK. Their stock is not always the best, but prices are good and they offer free shipping.
    Free shipping to the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucasA View Post
    Free shipping to the US?
    Still free to Canada, probably still free to the US.
    Last edited by Steev; 02-08-09 at 05:13 PM. Reason: typo

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    http://www.universalcycles.com (use the price-match feature)

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    Universal shipped me a returned item as new. It was a Mavic wheel that came to me out of true & with damage that looked like someone tried to mount or unmount a tire with a screwdriver. I don't trust them anymore & won't use them.

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    Ben's bicycles in Wi. or Rocky Mountain cyclery in Co.
    Both have web ordering but shipping is not free
    QBike.com is a good comparison site.
    Only those who will risk going too far can possible find out how far they can go.
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    Many sites offer entire kits. Universal does not but they have a great selection and have been good to me. They will probably offer you a discount if you will buy all your components from them at one time. They did for a project I did last year. I did read a post above with a complaint and that was certainly an unfortunate mistake but we all make them. The more important thing to know is how did they handle it when they were contacted. That separates the men from the boys.

    http://www.universalcycles.com/

    others I have dealt with that offer build kits. Many will let you swap some of the components to customise your Build Kit.

    In order of favorite first.
    http://www.blueskycycling.com/cat-build-kit.htm
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/build_kit/
    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopdispl...%26+Build+Kits
    http://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/category/20100/
    http://www.pricepoint.com/thumb/3-Pa...-Kits-True.htm
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    Your LBS can order everything you need and possibly cut you a good deal on assembly. But if you have decided to bypass them and go online then try this.
    Make a complete and I mean down to the last nut, bolt and washer complete parts list. Then go online and do a search for bicycle components. You will find there are a handfull of shops that carry big inventories and have fair pricing. Since it is unlikely that one shop will have everything you are looking for prepare to split your order between two or more. And keep in mind most of them have a price point where shipping is free. Usually around hundred dollars.

    Cheers

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    So what you need is a site that has everything that does price matching. Since nobody has everything I usually use Jensen.

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    I loves me some Nashbar. Good 'house' products too. www.bikenashbar.com

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    I order from every place -- every one of the retailers has their strengths & weaknesses. But if I had to choose only one it would either be Universal or Alfred E. Bikes. AEBikes has QBP's catalog, which comes about as close to everything you would need as any single place could. I think they price match, but their own prices are pretty good.

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    If you haven't used it already, check out spadout.com for price searching on MTB components.

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    For mid to upper line components, say Ultegra/Centaur or above Licktons in Chicago has good prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fl Randonneur View Post
    Ben's bicycles in Wi. or Rocky Mountain cyclery in Co.
    Both have web ordering but shipping is not free
    QBike.com is a good comparison site.

    I ordered my wheelset from Rocky Mountains Ebay site, man that was a fan-****ing-tastic experience, quick and probably th most well packaged thing I have ever received in my life.

    Thanks for all the links everyone!

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    That's exactly how I ordered my wheel set as well. Great people to work with.
    Only those who will risk going too far can possible find out how far they can go.
    T.S. Elliot

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    1 web site = ebay. Does that count?

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    If you lived anywhere in Europe then I'd highly recommend ChainReactionCycles, which are based in the UK. Given that the UK pound is doing terribly at the moment, it might even be worthwhile for North Americans to order parts from them if they are making a decent-size order.

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    Has anyone ever used the Kit Builder at http://www.gvhbikes.com/

    They seem to have really good prices - almost too low on somethings.
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