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    Is this gonna hurt? MaxBrokeAway's Avatar
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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBrokeAway
    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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    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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    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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    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
    (photo courtesy of Iplayoutside.com)
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9


    Max - Salsa built his bike the same way - he started to collect parts in Oct, and finished the build in March: @$2500
    (photo courtesy of Iplayoutside.com)

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBrokeAway
    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 built my Trek that way
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Minesbroken
    I had another bike to ride while I was building it...it was still torcher
    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.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    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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