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Old 09-05-10, 07:44 PM
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Complete vs Build From Frame

I am leaning towards a Salsa Casseroll either when the new ones come out or if I can find one of the few remaining. However, the complete does not have exactly what I want. Now that I have been riding the Cross Check for a year, I have a better idea of what I want:

Dynohub+ lights
Midge bars
Triple or Super Compact Double (46/30)
Wide range cassette (11-32?)
Barcon shifters

So, I am a better off having the LBS do a frame build or will the LBS swap out parts on a new bike?
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Old 09-05-10, 08:09 PM
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Any LBS will swap out parts on a new bike. The key is finding one that will give you a credit on the old parts. If you're tossing something they can't resell easily, don't expect them to give you full retail for the part. Most shops won't take your old parts (unless you donate them). Do, however, expect that most shops will charge you labor for all the parts. If you did that at the shop I work at:

Dynohub: $10 tire install
Bars: $20/ea brake install, $10 bar tape install
Crankset: $20
Cassette: $8
Chain: $10 (need longer chain to accommodate 46T/32t)
Shifters: $20/ea

So just for the pieces you said, that would be $128 in labor (though some shops, including where I work, have package deals)
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FWIW, it's usually much less expensive to buy complete than to build up from parts, unless you're really good at sourcing parts or already have a significant stash floating around the garage.
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Ya, what he said. ^^^

Even if you had to buy the new parts retail and sell the new old parts on ebay, you'll most likely still come out ahead vs building up a frame with all brand new parts.
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Originally Posted by divtag View Post
I am leaning towards a Salsa Casseroll either when the new ones come out or if I can find one of the few remaining. However, the complete does not have exactly what I want. Now that I have been riding the Cross Check for a year, I have a better idea of what I want:

Dynohub+ lights
Midge bars
Triple or Super Compact Double (46/30)
Wide range cassette (11-32?)
Barcon shifters

So, I am a better off having the LBS do a frame build or will the LBS swap out parts on a new bike?
Why not just modify the Cross Check that you have already?
- you can get a dyno wheel and front/rear lights for around $325
- Velo Orange super compact for $185
- 11-32 SRAM PG970 for $35
- Long cage Deore derailleur $50
- 9spd Dia-Compe barcons $60
- Midge bars $40

You can put the whole deal together on the Cross Check for around $700.
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