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Old 07-17-07, 08:39 PM   #1
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To Build or Not To Build

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I have a great set of trails locally. Lots of fun downhill with tree roots and potential for high speeds. What i'm wondering is, is it worth it to build my own bike. I want a full suspension after seeing some riders of my similar experience cruising over stuff i nearly had to get off my bike for. Any suggestions on where to get a good frame. I'm mechanically savvy so I look forward to having a project to take up my free time. Anyone who's got any advice to lend what so ever feel free to
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Well, I always build my own bikes - but then I always build them up by cannabilizing old bikes for parts. That saves me tons of money and all my bikes are completely personal and never ever see the inside of a bike shop as a whole unit. I don't do it often enough to buy my own headset press so I get that done by somebody at the beginning.

So yeah, if money is no object or you have a bunch of old parts you'll be using, definitely do it. It'll be a great learning experience and you'll be better equipped to fix your bike on the trail. Otherwise, it'll generally cost you a lot more to build your own with all new parts than it will to buy a complete bike.

Where to get a frame? Do your research, figure out what frame you want and find a good deal online.
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Are you looking for a new or used frame? What is your price range? Many manufacturers. will sell the frames of their higher end bikes seperate. Santa Cruz is a good place to start (I'm partial, I have a Blur). www.santacruzmtb.com
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I wanted to build my own desperatley, but none of the parts on my old bike were any goo, except the saddle and the fork, so i negated considering i only had a $1000 AUD budget.
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Build. Do your research on frames. Ask the guys on this forum or the mechanics forum if you have any installtion questions. There are enough guys here that know what they are doing to answer just about any question.

You should be able to get good deals on just about everything on Ebay and online retailers. I built my 2 bikes and my wife's bike 70% Ebay 25% Online retailers and 5% old parts for about 30-40% savings.
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online is a good place, jenson usa and such. Here are some links.

Jenson USA - http://www.jensonusa.com/store/dept/105-Frames.aspx
Cambria Bicycle Outfitters - http://www.cambriabike.com/shopdispl...cat=MTB+Frames
Beyond Bikes - http://www.beyondbikes.com/bb/Items.asp?Cc=frames%2Dmtb
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Green Fish Sports - http://www.greenfishsports.com/index...S&Category=273
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Hey,
I have a great set of trails locally. Lots of fun downhill with tree roots and potential for high speeds. What i'm wondering is, is it worth it to build my own bike. I want a full suspension after seeing some riders of my similar experience cruising over stuff i nearly had to get off my bike for. Any suggestions on where to get a good frame. I'm mechanically savvy so I look forward to having a project to take up my free time. Anyone who's got any advice to lend what so ever feel free to
what do you want to spend on frame? target price of complete build?
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Old 07-18-07, 04:13 PM   #9
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pricepoint.com
universalcycles.com
aebike.com
bikeman.com
speedgoat.com
ride-this.com

to add more. it can be cheaper if you really shop around. it can also be a hassle if you don't know what you want. knowing what i want/like in my parts pick, i build my own at this point.
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I think there are two reasons to build instead of buy.
1. you have been riding long enough that you have become very particular about how certain parts fit you and preform. I mean, if you are going to start changing out parts as soon as you buy a complete bike you might as well build.
2. you want a bike that doesn't actually exist complete. For example, when building a cross bike I knew I wanted SRAM components and at the time couldn't find a production bike outfitted with them.

Unless you have some pro deals through sponsors or a shop, the bike will end up being a bit more expensive. However it will be exactly what you want.
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