I want a fully customized Jamis Coda Femme with an 18" frame. By "fully customized" I mean I want to change the handlebar, shifters (thumb to twist grip), gears (mountain front and back), derailleurs (SRAM X-5 to fit the new gears), tires, crank, probably the rims (to 36-hole Schraeder), and seat.
I think that means that all I want to keep are the frame, fork, stem, seat post, pedals, and brakes.
What's the cheapest way to do this? MY ideas:
1) Buy the stock bike and ask the shop to swap the parts.
2) Buy a frame, obtain the parts, and hire a mechanic to build the bike.
I had a very similar bike built last year using option #1. The end result was successful but the process was complicated.
SECOND QUESTION: Is it possible to obtain just the frame for an 18" Jamis Coda Femme?
Got any ideas for me to think about?