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Old 05-19-07, 05:12 PM   #1
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Check out my BIKE!

"IT WILL BE READY NEXT FRIDAY" -- So my LBS told me with a kick to my nuts (figuratively of course)...After the time it took to wait on the parts to come in...another week will go by with no joy riding for me

Anyway...heres the parts I am having thrown together...tell me what you think:

Shifter/Brake Levers Shimano ST-EF29


Leader 516h Frame


Shimano Alivio RD-MC20 Rear Derailleur


Shimano Deore LX Front Derailleur


FSA Z3 Zero Stack Headset


Bontrager Select Grips


Bontrager Select Handlebar (Crowbar) Low Rise


Bontrager Sport Stem 110mm 10 Degree Rise


Rock Shox Dart 2



What do you think? Will my ride be pretty good?

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Old 05-19-07, 05:33 PM   #2
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Why didn't you just buy a complete bike???
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I didnt have the money to shell out a big purchase...i have been buying these parts over a period of time...plus having a custom bike makes it feel a little more personal.
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I didnt have the money to shell out a big purchase...i have been buying these parts over a period of time...plus having a custom bike makes it feel a little more personal.

Good Luck! Looks like a winner to me. Nice frame by the way.
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Old 05-19-07, 05:45 PM   #5
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Thanks! Any words of encouragment are welcome! I am new to mountain biking so hearing that I got a good setup is like drinking cool water after a 12 mile trek.
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Old 05-19-07, 05:49 PM   #6
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need any wheels??? I got a nice pair im tryin to get rid of... PM me if your interested.... cheap cheap cheap
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Old 05-19-07, 05:50 PM   #7
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Just curious how much money do you have in all of the parts?
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All purchased from ebay

shifters = 35
R derailleur = 30
F derailleur = 10
Frame = 170
headset = 30
seatpost = 24
handlebar = 27
grips = 3
stem = 11
shocks = 90

430 in total

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not too bad if that's the whole bike +100 bucks in assembly cables and other unexpected stuff ... the frame is cool, but if you had bought a pre-built bike you may have gotten a better fork.
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Max - Salsa built his bike the same way - he started to collect parts in Oct, and finished the build in March: @$2500
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the pre-builts in my price range at the time only had RST forks and i dont know alot about them but Ive seen them on wal-mart bikes so that was an instant turn off...
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Max - Salsa built his bike the same way - he started to collect parts in Oct, and finished the build in March: @$2500
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Im not sure to take that as a "good job" or a "your a bone head" considering I dont know salsa....kid looks YOUNG!
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I'll buy a bike piece by piece someday, but it will probably be comprised of rather highend components/frame.

Cool idea though. You know how to put it all together? (err.. nevermind.. just read that your LBS is doing it.)


Good luck with that. Above and beyond..

Post some pics of the finished product.
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Will Do!! I cant wait!!

On a side note I DO need rims...im looking for solid quality rims that can take both rim and disc brakes, 135mm rear hub thats compatible with shimano 8 speed cassette...if anyone is interested in selling
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Im not sure to take that as a "good job" or a "your a bone head" considering I dont know salsa....kid looks YOUNG!


Kid's been XC racing since he was 7, is now 15.
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I couldn't take what you are doing .. not having a bike and watching one show up piece by piece... after 1 or 2 parts showed up I'd lose it and take out another credit card and go buy one.
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I had another bike to ride while I was building it...it was still torcher
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ahah...actually i did "lose it" -- I was only intending to buy 2 or 3 parts...whoops
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Torture.

Not a bad deal on the build-up, imo. That frame is probably better than most Treks in your price range, and the rest of it is pretty much stock Trek bits (why bontrager for so much, btw?), so you can't go too far wrong. If the bike ends up at $530 or so w/build-up by your LBS, you probably could have gotten a marginally better fork and equivalent or better components in a Rockhopper/4500/similar level bike, but like you said, yours is custom, so that's worth something.

The most important thing about any bike is that it has a rider that loves it and loves to ride it. The rest is secondary.
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im not sure what you mean why bontrager for so much...i guess you mean the handlebar? its MSRP for 35 + shipping so i thought i got a deal...the grips for 3 bucks was a steal...and so was the stem for 11 IMO

Thanks for the words of encouragment!
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[QUOTE=kandnhome]Torture.

Torcher brakes peoples minds...it's bad.
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found some tires...Add these to the pile

Alex Racers Edge Adventurer w/ 26 X 2.1 WTB VelociRaptor cross country tires ($111 including shipping)
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single sided fork? whats the story on these?
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its called a "lefty"

Supposed to be desired due to its half the weight of a regular suspension fork...and we all know that the fork is the heaviest part of our bike
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