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    Senior Member Monstermash's Avatar
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    Here we go again!!!

    Some of you may have seen my thread on the Litespeed I built last weekend. Unfortunately that bike is no more because of a sizing problem. So I had to do something with the components.....

    In case you missed the previous thread, here is a (slightly modified) list of the components.


    Mavic Ksyrium SL wheelset
    Conti 4000S II 25c tires
    FSA UD carbon Team Issue crankset with ceramic BB and Rotor Q Rings 38T chainring
    Ritchey WCS UD carbon stem
    Ritchey Superlogic UD carbon riser bar-Will be replacing with a flatabr soon
    XT shifter
    XT rear derailleur
    XT SPD pedals
    XT 11-34t cassette
    Dura Ace chain
    Dura Ace calipers
    SRAM short pull flatbar brake levers
    SRAM locking foam contour grips
    Specialized carbon seatpost
    Specialized Romin Evo Expert saddle

    This thing is very cool. The workmanship on the frame is fantastic and the look of the Titanium lugs with the carbon fiber tubes is just brilliant!

    Comments welcome!















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    Senior Member Monstermash's Avatar
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    WOW! Almost 200 views and no comments? You guys much not like the bike!
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    I was thinking the bike looked beautiful, but the Javelin name is too big and detracts from the overall look.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    What I find amazing is the single speed front crank. Very interesting. Tell us more about that choice.

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    Senior Member Monstermash's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    I was thinking the bike looked beautiful, but the Javelin name is too big and detracts from the overall look.
    Its funny you mentioned that. I was considering removing all the logos on the frame. I actually spoke with someone at Javelin and he was kind enough to send me their logos in a program so my local sign maker could make me some in a brushed metal look to match the frame. I'm probably going to remove the original logos but I'm still undecided if I want to replace them or just leave the frame without logos.
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    I think it's a great bike, love the carbon fiber, seat and all the matching components. Now the question of the day can I build something this nice for under $1500?

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    I am curious, and please, I am not trolling.... but Why spend so much on a hybrid bike? Sure, it will do what Hybrids do better, but I have never seen anyone trying to do anything on a hybrid that I can not do on my $330 one. If Im gonna spend that much on a bike, I would want it to be able to be special at something... but by design, Hybrids do a little of everything well, but nothing great like MBT's or Roadbikes.... atleast thats my understanding of them. Please correct me if Im wrong.

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    Senior Member Monstermash's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by practical View Post
    What I find amazing is the single speed front crank. Very interesting. Tell us more about that choice.
    A few years ago when I built my first flatbar roadbike, I wanted to upgrade the crank and a buddy has an FSA carbon crankset he wasn't using and offered it to me at a great price. The only problem was he had upgraded to Q Rings and didn't still have the original chainrings. The Q Rings ended up on his new bike and all that was left was the Spider and arms so I had to source a new set of rings. I found a great deal on a 38T Q Ring on ebay so I grabbed that and installed it on the bike. I figured I could at least use it until I found a good deal on the larger ring. I quickly found out I really didn't need the larger ring for the kind of riding I do. Since then I have been using only one ring up front. No only is it lighter I think it gives the bike a cleaner look.

    Quote Originally Posted by ingenuitor View Post
    I think it's a great bike, love the carbon fiber, seat and all the matching components. Now the question of the day can I build something this nice for under $1500?
    Thank you. Yes, I believe you can. Or at least come close if you look around for deals on the components. According to Javelin this frame retails for $3200. However it has been discontinued and I bought it on Ebay for $405. In the past few weeks there have been a bunch of Javelin frames listed on Ebay and have sold for very low prices.

    Just for kicks, I'll price out the build list to see where it ends up.....

    Javelin Gattinara frameset including fork, and headset-$405 +$30 for shipping (Ebay)
    Mavic Ksyrium SL wheelset-$450 slightly used (local CL)
    Conti 4000S II 25c tires-$105 shipped (Ebay)
    FSA UD carbon Team Issue crankset with ceramic BB and Rotor Q Rings 38T chainring-$299 shipped (Nashbar)
    Ritchey WCS UD carbon 90mm stem-$100 shipped (Ebay)
    Ritchey Superlogic UD carbon riser bar-Will be replacing with a flatabr soon-$50 shipped (Ebay)
    XT shifter-$46 shipped (slightly used/Ebay)
    XT rear derailleur-$100 shipped (Ebay)
    XT SPD pedals-$85 shipped (Nashbar)
    XT 11-34t cassette-$54 shipped (Nashbar)
    Dura Ace/XTR chain-$32 shipped (Nashbar)
    Dura Ace calipers-$190 shipped (Nashbar)
    SRAM short pull flatbar brake levers-$30 shipped (Ebay)
    SRAM locking foam contour grips-$19 shipped (Ebay)
    Specialized carbon seatpost-$25 shipped (Used Ebay)
    Specialized Romin Evo Expert saddle-$90 shipped (Ebay)

    TOTAL=$2110 Not including brake/shifter cables

    So if you didn't quite need this nice of a set of wheels and was patient and looked for good deals around $1500 would be doable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vexxer View Post
    I am curious, and please, I am not trolling.... but Why spend so much on a hybrid bike? Sure, it will do what Hybrids do better, but I have never seen anyone trying to do anything on a hybrid that I can not do on my $330 one. If Im gonna spend that much on a bike, I would want it to be able to be special at something... but by design, Hybrids do a little of everything well, but nothing great like MBT's or Roadbikes.... atleast thats my understanding of them. Please correct me if Im wrong.
    Mostly because it's my hobby. You can think of this as being special at something. It's my go fast fitness bike. Consider it not so much a hybrid, but a flatbar road bike.
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