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Old 07-23-14, 08:35 AM   #1
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Stock build vs my build. Worth it? (big block)

Hi All,

Im getting ready to start my build on an All City Big Block but I'm not sure my build is worth the "premium" over the stock complete. The final price is calculate based on a price search. I'll be snooping for bargains when it comes time to buy.
My build will be as follows:

Frame- AC BB-
Wheels- H Plus Formula
Bottom Bracket- Either Campy or Sugino- something under $100
Headset- FSA or IRD
Crankset- Omnium
Tires- gatorskin probably or randoneurs from vittoria
Saddle- Specialized Romin (or carry over my Turbo)
Seatpost- Thomson Elite
Stem- Cinelli

handle bars, pedals, chain, brakes etc. will be carried over from my parts bin initially until i get around to replacing them.

This Build comes to around $1200-$1400 Vs the complete for $925

the stock build is All-City Cycles Big Block

Im open to suggested replacement parts.

I've never made a parts list thread before so go easy on me if I've left anything out .


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Old 07-23-14, 09:04 AM   #2
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Unless you're feeling the need to drop a bunch of money on something right away, why not just buy the complete (which is very good right out of the box) and gradually switch parts out?

Also, Omniums use a GXP outboard bearing bottom bracket and are not compatible with anything Campy or Sugino makes. If you want something fancy-shmancy you'll need to go with a Phil Wood or Chris King.
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where is the eye doctor. think I'm seeing double
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Unless you're feeling the need to drop a bunch of money on something right away, why not just buy the complete (which is very good right out of the box) and gradually switch parts out?

Also, Omniums use a GXP outboard bearing bottom bracket and are not compatible with anything Campy or Sugino makes. If you want something fancy-shmancy you'll need to go with a Phil Wood or Chris King.
I was not aware of that, glad you stopped by.

thanks for the input, Scrod!
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I was not aware of that, glad you stopped by.

thanks for the input, Scrod!
Most Omnium cranksets I've seen include the GXP bb anyway, so you could scratch that expense. But overall, Scrod's right about buying the stock and upgrading as needed. The stock does come with Andel cranks (rebranded as A-C) that are pretty highly regarded - you may find they're more than good enough.
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If you get the complete there is still the cost of pedals and foot retention. Also bars unless you're ok with track drops.

I'll note that eighteen months after delivery of my BB, the only replacements I've wanted or needed have been tires and chain, due to wear.
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If you get the complete there is still the cost of pedals and foot retention. Also bars unless you're ok with track drops.

I'll note that eighteen months after delivery of my BB, the only replacements I've wanted or needed have been tires and chain, due to wear.
what color have you got? Any pics?
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Lousy camera on my phone... It's the gold/black complete.

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All-Ciity makes excellent bikes that are often overlooked. I've been wanting to build up a Thunderdome since they came out a couple of years ago and will most likely be doing so very soon.
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