In five weeks, I'm going to have about $700 that I'll be able to spend all on a bike. This will be my first custom bike, so I know pretty much nothing on what brands I should get. I know that most of you advise new bike owners to get non high quality gear for their bikes, but I want this bike to last for a long time. Obviously I'll need a high quality frame, but what else should I worry about for quality. I'd also like to have DS, hydraulic brakes, and disc brakes, but would that be stretching it with $700?
I'm more of a casual rider. I want a multi purpose bike that will do well on both dirt and pavement. I'll probably be using it more on pavement.
Oh yeah, I'm going to buy the parts from my local bike shop and just build the bike by myself since they charge $50 and hour, so you don't need to add in the cost of service.