i just picked up a bike frame with plans to build it up, my only qualm is i know nothing of bikes. They seemed super easy, i figured i could just wing it and get a decent setup, but after a few minutes of my local bike shop laughing at me, i decided to ask for some help (notice, not asking for help at said bike shop big_smile ) ive picked up on some things reading the intrawebs, but im still a newb when it comes to fitting correct parts.
so this is the frame
http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Tidalforce-F … 500wt_1338
i want to replace everything on it. The front fork is a boat anchor, the crank set im pretty sure is made out of led and it has ****ty grip shifters. Im trying to go as light as possible, but with in reason, monetarily. The reason for the folding bike is that i have to take a train every day (for a very short ride) but i can turn my 20 min urine stained subway ride into a 10 min ride down the green way on the hudson. I will be going up and down stairs alot, why im trying to keep weight down.
this guy did a similar build on the same frame
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.ph … gue-hummer
got it down from 32 lbs to 14, im thinking with not toooo much money involved i could go even lower.
i am thinking of using the same mosso front fork as him (80 dollars on ebay), but i was also thinking about putting 700c wheels on, i think all i would need to fit them would be shallow caliper breaks on the rear. i would like to loose the 3 crank flywheels, and just keep the single, but im not sure if that means i have to loose the 8 speed cassette and go all hipster fixie. I have a specilized rock hopper that i never use that has a shimano derailur and cassette... not sure if that could be used.
so basically i just need someone to bounce questions off of, or to help me build this damn bike... Suggesting parts too, i have no idea where to start looking for light weight after market parts. Im obviously not trying to spend a tonne of money, but i also dont mind spending if i really notice a difference .