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Old 01-12-09, 08:00 PM   #1
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Entry level FS frame

Looking into building up my first bike (FS), and I am having little to no luck finding a cheap full suspension frame. Also, does anyone know of an online retailer that sells full groupsets? I feel like buying every single component would take a long time.
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Old 01-12-09, 09:16 PM   #2
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If you don't have any parts laying around to build with...and you're not gonna order parts piece by piece...you really should consider buying a complete. You'll save a ton of cash. If it makes you feel more accomplished, buy complete / take it apart / put it back together. Viola!
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If you don't have any parts laying around to build with...and you're not gonna order parts piece by piece...you really should consider buying a complete. You'll save a ton of cash. If it makes you feel more accomplished, buy complete / take it apart / put it back together. Viola!



Er, and what chelboed said.

Plus you didn't say what type of FS (like, Freeride, cross country, etc, etc).
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Old 01-12-09, 11:33 PM   #5
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Viola is "Kansan" for Der'y'go.

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I'm currently shopping for a bike, and have been doing a LOT of research. If you want to buy a full build kit, like each piece independantly, your looking at about $1000 for a remotely decent build, minus the frame. That's if you go pretty inexpensive front fork and your building a hardtail. You'll also end up with a bit more nickle and diming going on in the build for tools and cables and all that.

Decent FS frames seem to be a minimum of $500, unless you get something pretty old. If you absolutely have to have a FS bike, I guess you could look at some of the entry level bikes, and then just upgrade parts as they break or you just get tired of something not really working. The frames I've found that seem to be a good price point (pretty much pure XC frames), are the Specialized FSR XC and the Trek fuel, as a lot of people seem to ditch the frames for something better and the entry models are still halfway decent.

Also, check out this: http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=2898

Combine that with an OK frame, and your looking at a pretty cool entry level bike, albeit heavy.

Hope some of that helps.
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Whoa, Marz Triple drop off, 170mm fork? Damn Ed Jump on that!
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Funny you say that B...I thought about looking for used motorcycle forks on ebay at one point for a goofie retro jobbie.
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I thought about looking for used motorcycle forks on ebay at one point for a goofie retro jobbie.
Haha! I recall eyeing XR and YZ 80, and even RM 100, forks at one time . . . .
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