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BSLeVan 04-14-07 01:03 PM

Build Project Completed...
 
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I've been working on a build that I finally completed last night and test rode today. I got a 1990s Specialized steel frame, and built it up with Ultegra 9 speed, FSA carbon cranks, Ultergra Hub on Mavic Open Pros, Cinelli stem, and Specialize Toupe seat. After two hours on it today, I can say that this is $300 and 30+ hours that were a very, very good investment. I don't think the carbon fiber is going to get much riding time for a few weeks.

MichiganMike 04-14-07 02:23 PM

Very sharp looking bike. How did it ride?

John E 04-14-07 03:04 PM

That is indeed a fine bicycle for $300! I like the red-and-yellow color scheme, the steel frame, and the use of wheels with a decent number of spokes.

oilman_15106 04-14-07 03:34 PM

Sweet. How did you pull it off for only $300? Least expensive one I have ever done came in over $450 and that was a lot of scrounging.

Louis 04-14-07 03:40 PM

Excellent. That's all the road bike you're gonna need. I'll bet it's a pleasure to ride and $300 total is a steal.

BSLeVan 04-14-07 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
Sweet. How did you pull it off for only $300? Least expensive one I have ever done came in over $450 and that was a lot of scrounging.

The frame was the most expensive part ($150). The Ultegra stuff I picked up in few different ways, I had the hubs from wheels that had cracked rims. I got the brifters one at a time from bikes that had been crashed, and the rest at yard sales. I had to buy the seat post and and bottom bracket, but got them thru on-line auctions. (I always know what I want to bid and never go above that.) I actually started collecting the parts before I had the frame. I'm doing the same thing again. (I currently have another full set of ultegra, minus the hubs, one front Mavic Eqquipe wheel, etc.....). What really amazed me about this build is how nice the bike rides. I took it out for 30 miles today, came home and had to take my carbon fiber frame out to see if the steel felt so good because it was new. I was a real eye opener. The only thing the CF did better than the steel was climb. The steel was equal of better in every other respect. In fact, the steel deals with road bumps better than the CF. The CF swallows the vibrations, but not the bumps.


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