I'm starting to get excited reading about people's Big Dummy build ideas. I have yet another...
I'd like to source an inexpensive "entry level" downhill bike to use as a parts donor for my Big Dummy build.
I have a metric tonne of bike parts laying around, but the BD is special and I think it deserves special attention.
What I am thinking is that first and foremost, I want strong wheels. I don't think anyone is building up a BD with thoughts of weight savings especially in the wheel department. I'd also like disc brakes. The drivetrain I am very unparticular about, but I'll probably end up going with SRAM since my commuter's X7 setup has been sweet as honey for the last few years. Though I am also toying with the idea of barcons on nice swept back C bars. I am also considering 2x8 or 3x8 using old school XT thumbshifters.
Anyway, the thing is, once you start talking about brakes, wheels and even the BB and crank, you are easily getting into the $500 range. I'm wondering if it would not be wise to get a 5 or 6 hundred dollar entry level DH bike to snag some strong wheels, brakes, bb and crank off of? Or maybe I am dreaming at that price point? I could then put some mediocre parts onto the stripped frame and sell it as a cheap commuter for $100 on craigslist. Or use it as a loaner for visiting friends or something.
Anyway I'm looking for some tips about where to start my search... I've never been in the market for downhill style parts or bikes before. Is anyone aware of any reasonably priced bikes with nice strong wheels and avid mechanical discs? Those would be my number one requirements :-)
edit to add--
somethig like this perhaps: http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/163179/