Join Date: Jun 2013
Bikes: Custom Salsa Vaya flatbar, Salsa El Mariachi Titanium rigid
Originally Posted by practical
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.
Originally Posted by ingenuitor
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.
Originally Posted by Vexxer
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.