Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
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Originally Posted by cs1
I've read all of them. Mike gets a lot more respect here than in the road forum.
But the OP was more about a budget bike. I was searching for an inexpensive frame for my wife when I came across the Moto frame/fork. As soon as I found it I saw the complete bike for under $600.00 I started doing the math and couldn't justify buying a frame when the bike cost so little.
The only way the frame would be a deal is if your present bike was damaged and you're going to swap the group onto a new frame. Other than that the complete bike seems like a steal.
You're correct...you couldn't build it out that cheap if you had to buy all the components new.
The only thing I would prefer on that particular bike would be Tiagra rather than Sora...but it ain't no biggie.
The only beef against BD and other online sources is that assembly is required and you can't ensure the bike fits by slapping your butt on it before purchasing...but if you are like me...basically mechanically competent and know what frame geometry metrics fit you (or in this case, your wife), those are not problems.
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