So my little sister wants a new bike. She's pretty athletic, so the bike would definitely be put to good use. I told her if she can come up with $600, I'll put it in the $400 for a nice cyclocross bike, kind of like a jack-of-all-trades for her since this would be her only bike. Then, I was thinking...I have a lot of spare stock parts from my Cross Check.
Here's what I have:
- Kalloy stem
- Tektro brakes
- WTB saddle
- Tiagra rear derailleur
- Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Platform pedals
- 12-25 rear cassette
Here's what I would be willing to upgrade on my bike to put on her frame:
- Alex wheel set (one of which had to be rebuilt at the LBS because I wrecked the rim in an accident)
- Tires, either stock Ritchey knobbies or Armadillo's slicks
- Kalloy seatpost
How much might this cost me to upgrade? I already have spare tires, though.
Here's what she would still need:
- Handlebars and handlebar tape
(I thought this might be a good opportunity for her to get something other than drop bars, maybe like bullhorn or moustache handlebars)
- Brake levers
- Front derailleur
Am I missing anything she would need additionally? What's the price range this would run?
These are my questions: is everything stock on a 56cm CC compatible with say a 46cm CC? And how much would it cost to upgrade my components and how much her bike cost, figuring in the $440 frame, new parts she would need, and LBS labor? Would I save very much by recycling my stock components and donating them to her bike? Remember, she can raise $600 and I said I would put in the remaining $400, approximately.
All right, thanks a lot! And I'm not set on this idea. It was just a idea I thought I'd run by BF.