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    Senior Member Pakiwi's Avatar
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    Putting together bike from parts for the new year

    I was reading one of the posts on this forum about a rider getting a new bike. It made me think that the only new bike I have ever bought was a mountain bike in my days in the military. I have always had second hand road bikes. My first was a Carlton which was too big fir me. Then I went to a hand built steel frame hand made for the guy that got me into cycling. Then I got a Steel frame Cello Europa. This year as I was getting back into riding I picked up some parts to move to 9 speed. I just started putting it together and hoping to get it out fir a test ride this weekend. Though storm dependent.
    It's a 2008 Jamis Xenith with Ultegra 6500/6600 components.
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    I can fully understand the used bike deal. I just can't wrap my head around what a mid-level road bike costs new, much less a more top of the line model. Every time I walk in the LBS I browse a little while wating, and compare the bike prices to prices I've paid for cars/trucks I've driven, and usually the bike is not far off. Of course I'm a real cheapskate, the last car I bought (Prius) was a wreck from a salvage auction I hope to repair. Can't believe my used Frankenstein of a road bike cost almost as much as the Prius.

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    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
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    looks like a solid build up I'd question those bars, huge atom drops for that size of a frame that it might detour you from staying in the drops longer when needed. I'd lean to compact drop bars. Salsa Cowbells are comfy and nicely priced too around $50

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    They are FSA Energy Anatomic. I really had no idea with the Bars. I liked the feel of them and got the right size with my broad shoulders. I have always ridden a 42 but these are 44 and were $10. Never heard of the Cowbells but will definitely take a look.
    The other thing I thought I would try is a new to me saddle. Got this which is a Selle Italia Gel and also have a Terry Liberators.
    Correction to original post. The BB and Crankset are new. I didn't have a Hollowtech II and couldnt go past a great deal for brand new. Total cost to build bike was around 650.

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    That Xenith frame/fork are absolutey awesome--my wife has the same bike (with 105) and she loves it.

    Nice bike!
    "I had this baby hand made in Tuscany, from titanium blessed by the pope. It weighs less than a fart, and costs more than a divorce..."

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