Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Charlotte, NC
Bikes: 1998 Trek 7000, 2007 Surly Crosscheck, 2008 GT Peace 9r Multi
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Are you talking geared build? If SS, then maybe, otherwise I think it would be awfully tough to finish the build on $200 no matter how frugal of a shopper you are. I recently finished a very similar build (flat bar cross check) with a mix of parts from eBay, craigslist, LBS, etc. After the frame and wheels, you have to figure that a crankset, FD, RD, shifters, brakes, handlebars, saddle, seatpost, etc. is going to run well over $200. the total cost of mine was ~$850 or so. My big money items were the crankset (LX trekking), shifters (dura-ace barcons with Pauls Thumbies) and wheels (Mavic 719 laced to LX hubs).
If you are not planning to race the bike (probably not with a flat bar set-up), I'd recommend a little less on the wheels so that you have maybe $250 or $275 to spend on the rest of the parts. Even still, you'll have to go mostly with used parts in that price range. Good luck and enjoy.