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    Bianchi Axis - Build or Sell?

    Hi, all -

    I've been a road rider my whole life, but last year picked up an '02 Bianchi Axis frameset for a couple hundred dollars. Money's tight now, and I'm trying to decide if I can affordably build this bike, or if I should just sell the frame and recoup my investment (hopefully).

    Main problem is that I have no idea what options are for cross components. Anyone want to help me out with identifying good value components for this thing? Bargains good, used fine. I just don't know what to look fer.

    Thanks for any help.
    Scott

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    Basically you use road components. with different tires and brakes.

    Fortunately for the racer/rider on the budget, the cross scene is very tolerant of frankenbuilds.

    Some cost-saving options:

    -Singlespeed. You can ad gears later, but this is a cheap way to get into it. You can get a normal entry-level road wheelset from Nashbar/Performance/etcetera and then a nashbar singlespeed kit for about 20 bucks. This would be my route of choice.
    -Bar-end shifters.
    -1 x 9 build, possible with a single barcon to shift the rear cluster. There are lots of fancy chain guard options, but an old front derailleur will work.
    -Old cantilver brakes that were high quality in their day (XT/XTR) go for a song on ebay a lot fo the time.

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    What size is it?

    If it is a 55cm I would buy it.

    PM me.

    Tim Beghtol

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    Thanks for the input, M_S. After a bunch of waqffling, I'm finding I really want to build this thing. Think I'll be selling off one of my cameras (anyone want a 5x12 view camera?!) and start trolling eBay looking for deals...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bliorg View Post
    Thanks for the input, M_S. After a bunch of waqffling, I'm finding I really want to build this thing. Think I'll be selling off one of my cameras (anyone want a 5x12 view camera?!) and start trolling eBay looking for deals...
    Maybe, what is the model? I have a 4x5 Gundlach Korona and a 8x10 Agfa.
    1st bike - 1962 Schwinn Varsity (bought new and wish I still had it, left it in Siagon, Viet Nam 1965)
    1962 Schwinn Varsity (could be a twin of my first bike)
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    1972 Schwinn Sports Tourer (bought new)
    1982 Peugeot PH19 Mixte
    1989 Novara Aspen

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    It's a project cam - an old VCW plate camera, with a retrofit 5x12 back of quartersawn sycamore. Not the most name kiche to it, but it works.

    Pics of it here.

    I have an old Seneca Competitor 5x7 I'm using almost exclusively now. The jump to 8x10 is going to have to wait (basically a choice between CX components and the 8X10... )

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    Any idea how you'll build it up?

    For what it's worth I'm thinking my next bike, a mountain bike, will be the geared frame and wheels with singlespeed kit route, possible upgraded to gears later when funds allow.

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    You know, I don't know yet. I'll probably go piece-wise as things come up cheap enough. Gonna take a while, regardless.

    Too many projects.

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    Lookit that: it's actually an '05 Axis frame and fork! Woot!

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