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Old 02-26-06, 05:38 PM   #1
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COMPONENTS? What to consider?

I've been planning to build up another bike, the frame will be coming in soon.

So far, I have been riding a road conversion with used parts. Nothing fancy.

My questions are, should I build it up slowly? When saying this, I mean purchasing a $$$ bb vs. a $30 bb to run on for now. Eventually, I will upgrade.

The pro's to buying decent 'affordable' parts is that I will have parts laying around for future builds and having my frame ready to go sooner. Con: spending more money.


I hope you guys can share your experiences with building slow .. and/or upgrading later.
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Old 02-26-06, 06:49 PM   #2
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$30 bottom brackets are pretty good, I forget the model #'s but the 105-level shimanos are really high quality. IRO wheelsets are about as cheap as they come and are really good quality. You might want to splurge on cranks/pedals, and no-name cogs and lockrings are for suckas, but everything else just go with what gets you riding.

What IS worth the money, especially for a mid-grade BB and headset, is having the frame fully faced and chased. You need to find a good shop for this, not some corner-store clowns, but what they will do is clean all the threads and mill the faces of the BB shell, head tube, and fork. None of this stuff will be flat, clean, or parallel from the factory, which is bad news since BB/H-set bearings all ride on surfaces that are supposed to rest flush against these surfaces. It's going to cost you a little bit of money; I'm not sure how much they will charge, but it's no more than an hour of labor. However, it's easiest when the bike is new so there are no parts to strip and no grunge to clean, and it's an investment both in your bike and in every headset and BB you ever put on it.
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Old 02-26-06, 07:47 PM   #3
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Whatever man. I don't see why you don't just throw some Deep V's, a Brooks, Sugino 75 Crankset, Nitto Jaguar, and DA high flange hubs on it...
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i certainly have nothing against nice components, but why buy expensive stuff that you don't really seem to know if you even need/want?

99.9% of riders won't notice a lick of difference between a $30 shimano bottom bracket and a $130 phil. 98% of riders won't notice the difference between a $20 tange levin headset and a $120 chris king. 95% of riders won't notice the difference between a forumla wheelset and a DA NJS wheelset.

i'd go the IRO route - pick up those cranks and wheelset for cheap bucks, maybe spend a few more dollars on some nitto bars and a decent headset.
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