What's cheaper? Making a bike from parts or buying one?
I was planning to go out buy a mountain bike and spend somewhere between $300-$600. However, then I thought the first thing I would do is remove the rear hub and replace it with an electrical hub, remove both rims with narrow ones, replace both tubes and tires and put narrow, mixed use tires on there with low roll resistance (I do want a mountain bike because of the strength of the frame but I mostly ride on concrete), then I would replace the seat with a more comfortable one and then I would replace the handlebar with one that's much more comfortable and more upright. Because I would replace so much stuff from the new bike I was wondering if it is cheaper for me to simply by a frame and buy parts and assemble the bike myself. I'm curious to get your opinion what you think is cheaper and also if making a bike is cheaper perhaps you could make some suggestions on which online places do offer good prices for frames and parts. Thank you for your input.