I got tired of being slow on my converted Trek 820 commuter, so I decided to build a new, lighter, faster machine. I am very pleased with the results. The old commuter bike was very, very practical, but it was just too slow and heavy. It would make a great bad weather bike, but I plan on converting it back to being a MTB. It weighed about 35 pounds in its commuter state !!
Here is a pic of the old commuter:
Anyway, the new bike is a dream to ride. This was the first time I have attempted to build a bike from the frame up, and it turned out great! I learned quite a bit. The only thing I did not have to do was install the headset/fork, as it came with the frame. This is actually a hybrid frame, and I decided to go with drop bars and STI shifters. The hybrid frame has a little shorter top tube than a same size road bike, plus it has room to install fenders. I bought the frame on eBay for $45. It was NOS, and had never had anything installed on it! It is a little shopworn in a couple of places, but they are not noticeable. It, and the fork, are cro-moly. The bike weighs about 25 pounds as is.
Here are the pics, followed by the parts list and prices...
Frame/Fork: Motobecane Cafe Latte (2002) - $45 ebay
Stem: Ritchey Pro 120mm, 17 deg - had laying around
Bars: Ritchey Logic Pro, 42cm - had laying around
Shifters: Shimano 600 STI, 8 speed - $90 ebay
Bar Tape: Cinelli cork blue - $12
Crankset: Shimano 600 52/42 - $28 ebay
BB: Shimano 600 - $8 ebay
FD: Shimano 600 - $5 ebay
RD: Shimano 600 - $10 ebay
Cassette: SRAM PG-850, 8 speed 12-26 - $29 shipped BikeIsland.com
Chain: SRAM PC-58, 8 speed - $19 shipped BikeIsland.com
Brakes: Tektro Long Reach - $34 shipped BikeIsland.com
Cables: Shimano Dura-Ace - $28 ebay
Wheels: Shimano 105 hubs/Mavic CXP11 rims - $70 ebay
Tires: Hutchinson Excel Stop Puncture 700x25c - $18 Nashbar
Rack: Bor Yeuh All-Paca - from old commuter
Seatpost: Ritchey Logic Pro - had laying around
Saddle: Brooks B17 Honey Champion Special - birthday present, taken from old commuter (the black B17 is now on my F400)
Pedals: Crank Bros. Eggbeaters - had laying around
Cages: cheap aluminum - had laying around
Computer: Cateye Enduro 8 - from old commuter
The cranks, BB, and FD are Shimano 600s from the 6 speed generation. They were NOS, and are as smooth as silk!
Adding all the above up, I spent $394 on the parts I put on this bike. I probably spent in the neighborhood of $100 in shipping for all the above, but that is offset a little by other parts and needs ordered from the same seller/source at the same time. Bike Island had great, personal customer service, and they have great prices with no charge for shipping. Nashbar was ok for me as usual. I have never had a problem out of them. The ebay buys were found over the period of a month or so.
I am so excited about this bike...I think it will serve me well for years to come!