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Old 10-10-11, 10:07 AM
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Advice on build components

I am considering the following to build on my Gunnar Sport frame:

Shimano Ultegra wheelset already owned
Shimano 105 or Ultegra group/drivetrain (still deciding and prefer Shimano over SRAM)

and am currently considering a Cane Creek HS over Chris King (for highest 'value')

then looking at either Thompson or Ritchey for the seatpost/stem combo,

and maybe a Ritchey, FS, or Deda Hbar

I like the look of a matched components so might go seatpost/stem/bars all one brand, not sure yet.


Does this make sense high level, targeting a $1k budget for everything outside of frame and wheels? Is there a significant quality difference between Easton/Deda/Ritchey/FSA?? Would those last four brands be similar or could you rank them by quality?

Any tips appreciated. TIA!
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I built up my Gunnar Crosshairs in a very similar manner to what you are suggesting: Ultegra wheelset, Ultegra 6500 shifters, XTR RD, 105 FD, Truvativ crank, Ritchey WCS stem, handlebar, and seatpost, and Cane Creek headset. I also used a Winwood Dualist full carbon disc brake fork. I could have gone lighter on some of the components but my costs would have gone way up. I had the wheelset and FD already otherwise I might have decided differently. I had used the Ritchey WCS components on a previous build and felt they offered good value for the money and the handlebar shape fit my hands well.

Hope this helps...?
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Richey WCS is that companys lighter and pricier line , the cheaper stuff is fine.

Thompson is a zero setback seatpost, is that the kind of setup you want?

I prefer a seatpost with setback.. ... Race Face makes an interesting one
clamps the saddle rails to the sides, with one bolt, then adjusts the angle with a separate bolt.
flexible saddles dont bottom out on the saddle clamp mech.

American Classic's new one is a candy cane bend in the tube.
and the saddle clip clamps to it's curve, for the angle adjustment.

both offer setback.. innovative design..

VO has a post with a wee bit more setback.
they like shiny polish , there, rather than black anodized.

they have stems made for them too , it's all imports.

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Thomson does have the layback posts to accomplish setback, if the aesthetic effect doesn't bug the owner. Personally I didn't like the Ritchey post I had, which could not hold a saddle angle in off-road use, and ended up getting Thomson. Aesthetically the Ritchey looked nicer, though.
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