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Old 09-04-06, 11:13 AM   #1
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Build my own?

I am new to mountain biking and was considering building my own mountain bike from scratch, or possibly getting a fully built one. My intrests are something like a XC Hardtail, which can handle small drops, and maybe be taken to some of the big eastern mountains (NH/Vermont) for a little downhill. Anything come to mind?

Price range of: 300-850 in total

Possibly looking for a Specialized rockhopper/ Kona caldera type, or something with a little more spring or downhill ability.

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Old 09-04-06, 11:22 AM   #2
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Building a bike from scratch is much more expensive than just buying a whole bike outright. Unless you hunt ebay and various retaillers for thier best deals, but that can take a while.

The advantage with building your own bike from scratch is that you can spec it exactly how you want.

You'll hit 350-800 in no time when you buy your frame/fork.
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Your best bet would to buy all the stuff already put toghter and then build onto that once the money keeps coming availble.
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Old 09-05-06, 07:19 AM   #4
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Frame

Any good Frames, Forks come to mind?

Also, are the western mountains more extreme than the eastern, Nh for example, ones?
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Just so you know you can get a much nicer bike in your price range by buying it complete. I really wouldn't recommend building your own bike with a budget of under $1,500 to $2,000. Most of the bikes I build up end up being at least $4,000.

If you are determined to build your own then check ebay. You also might want to check out either leader frames or the new sette from pricepoint. Good luck though, a "good" frame and a "good" fork are going to put you at the high end of your budget.

Oh, if you are real determined I know where you could get a good deal on an Ellsworth Enlightenment frame.
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so where can I find this deal?
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I replied to your e-mail about it.
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You could buy a frame and then a build kit. Might still cost more though.
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Also, are the western mountains more extreme than the eastern, Nh for example, ones?
Good question. For mountain biking probably not. I have ridden a lot in massachusetts. and pennsylvania and those trails are pretty steep, and rocky. The trails I have ridden in oregon are actually less extreme in my opinion. If you were talking about high altitude climbing, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, then yes, western mountains are more extreme.
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