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Old 07-30-11, 08:32 AM   #1
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Bike Kits

Are there any companies that offer bike kits (completely unassembled bikes that the buyer puts together?
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Old 07-30-11, 08:37 AM   #2
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the only one I know of is Bikes Direct but I am sure you can still bikes at Kmart or walmart unassembled.

in my experence a "Bike Kit" is normally used to refer to everything needed to build a bike but the frame and fork. most upperend wholesalers who sell frames normally offer 'kits' at varying prices to build those frames.
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Yes there are. Colorado Cyclists sells "build kits" that include everything you need to build a bike except the frame and fork. They also sell frames and forks so if you are looking for one-stop shopping, they can provide it.

However, CC is a high-line shop and the lowest level components they sell are Shimano Ultegra and Campy Chorus so this isn't going to be a cheap approach. You can, however, specify exactly what you want in terms of crank type and arm length, handlebar and stem sizes, cassette range, etc. and you can mix-and-match other components as you like. They offer a variety of wheelsets as part of the kits with prices adjusted to match.
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Or just buy components from wherever and assemble your own bike. Bikes don't have that many parts and while there are compatibility concerns with certain components, there are very few frames that will severely limit your component choices allowing you to mix and match from a wide variety of manufacturers. Building from a kit/parts is generally more expensive than buying preassembled assuming you can find what you want preassembled. If you shop around and/or are willing to buy used, you can put together something customized to your preferences and for less than off the shelf cost.
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the only one I know of is Bikes Direct but I am sure you can still bikes at Kmart or walmart unassembled.
Bikesdirect ships bikes almost completely assembled. You need to install the fork, handlebars, wheels, and pedals. Not very exciting if someone is looking for a DIY project. However, you will most likely need to true the wheels and adjust the brakes and deraillers to get things working smoothly.
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Thanks for the information. I will look at some of the options and see what is available. My thinking was that if I could buy a kit that I would not have to worry about getting the right BB and spindle and such for whatever crank.

Before I get to excited about a bike kit though I have to really get back in shape and see if I can nail down my bike size and fit.
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My thinking was that if I could buy a kit that I would not have to worry about getting the right BB and spindle and such for whatever crank.
That part has always been easy but it's even easier now with integrated spindle cranks. The toughest part will be choosing the pieces that affect how the bike fits you, like frame size (and style), handlebar width (and style), stem length and angle, seatpost offset, and saddle. If you are looking to build your own wheels you have even more decisions to make (all of which I consider great fun but some get overwhelmed by the options).
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Or just buy components from wherever and assemble your own bike..... Building from a kit/parts is generally more expensive than buying preassembled assuming you can find what you want preassembled.
Assuming you want all new components, a "parts kit" is in the middle price wise between buying a complete bike and buying every thing ala carte. More than a complete bike but less than buying everything individually. CC does a pretty good job of pricing the complete kit well below the sum of all of its parts.

I built one of my bikes by buying a Litespeed frame and Easton fork and a matching parts kit from CC several years ago and the cost was significantly below what it would have cost to buy everything individually and I got to specify all of the details. It was a very good compromise as I couldn't get what I wanted as a pre-built.

BTW, QBP will also assemble a parts kit at a reduced price and you can specify the individual items. You will have to work with an LBS to go this route.
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My problem is that I always end up wanting to build something too different from the standard kits on offer. When I built my Gunnar though, Speedgoat worked with me and gave me a discount on on my frame and component purchase even though I did not buy a complete bike kit from them. I had wheels, a saddle, a crankset, pedals, and a few other bits already on hand. My two other builds have had too many parts sourced from various vendors to be able to work out any package deals.
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My problem is that I always end up wanting to build something too different from the standard kits on offer. .....My two other builds have had too many parts sourced from various vendors to be able to work out any package deals.
You have several advantages over many posters who ask similar questions to the OP:

1. You know what parts are compatible with what and exactly what you want.
2. You know where to get decent prices on components.
3. You know how to assemble them when you get them.
4. You already have a stash of usable items so you don't have to start from scratch.
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Yea I think Flying Pigeon, perhaps another brand, offer a direct from China , wheels of a bundle of spokes , rims etc, entirely dismantled.

just a bundle of parts to build your own heavy bike to bring the bushels of farm products to Market.
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