Hi all - I'm new to the forum and eager to hear some opinions. I'm working on a Niner Jet 9 FS build, with a Rock Shox SID RL fork. I'm planning on a full XT drive train and brake setup, haven't decided on wheels yet, and will piece the rest together as I go. This is my first medium-high end bike build from scratch, although over the years (decades) I've done a lot of my own wrenching, so am not too itimidated by the process.
Clearly, buying components at retail price in the LBS is the most expensive route, and really has very little appeal to me, one because they have a poor selection of higher end components and two the charge full retail price. I've found some options online from some of the retailers that look good, but the best deals on the component set seem to be on Ebay, and mostly from Asia. My question, then: What are the pros/cons of purchasing the component group over Ebay? Lack of support/warranty if a component is bad? Is it a "grey market" purchase like Swiss watches where the Ebayers are breaking the distribution rules set up by Shimano, and therefore I won't get any factory support? Are they Chinese knockoffs? Is it totally the best way to go, with very little downside due to the high quality of the components?
Thanks for your input!