DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Let the deal decide. I just rebuilt a Roubaix, that originally came with 105, with all RSX (a lower group). Why? Because the 105 bits all went to other projects, and I picked up a donor bike (damaged frame), that came with full RSX. The Roubaix started as a donor bike, supplying parts I used to rebuild a Cannondale. Its one continual cycle, I hang onto good donor bike framesets, to be rebuilt later, and donate off the ones in poorer condition.
I like the donor bike route, I swap everything. That way, I know all the parts play well together, and its a lot cheaper than trying to buy individual parts, whether used or new. The price of my donor bike was less than what a decent set of wheels would have cost me. And from that donor bike, I took the brakes, stem, handlebars, brake levers, wheels, cassette, crankset, shift levers, saddle, tires, tubes, and pedals. The seat post (wrong size) went into my parts bin.
The choice is yours, but building up a frame, if you buy parts individually, will almost always cost more than what you would pay for a complete used bike.
For 7 speed, I always use KMC Z50 chain, durable, and affordable (cheap). Last time I picked up Z50 chain, it cost me $5.62 each (price match, on Jensen). Anymore, most of my internet parts come from Jensen. They will match pretty much any of the other suppliers, and they offer free shipping on orders $50 or more. I see Niagara has added free shipping on $100 or more. Thats an improvement (shipping tends to cost about 10%).
The best? Well Dura Ace may well be the best, but could set you back $400 or more, depending on which era.
Last edited by wrk101; 08-27-12 at 07:57 PM.