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Cost to build bike from Bianchi San Larenzo frame?

Old 06-20-17, 08:19 PM
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Cost to build bike from Bianchi San Larenzo frame?

Hey guys,

I'm looking at possibly purchasing this 61 cm Bianchi San Larenzo frame. According to my research, this completed bike was $3k at MSRP. Not sure what the frame is worth but I assume $150 would be a steal.

However, how much would it cost to buy the remaining parts and have SOMEONE ELSE put it together? I have no idea how to build a bike and honestly I won't devote the time to learn even if it's so much cheaper. So what's the full price to bike this frame and the other components and bring it somewhere?

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...184448255.html
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Depends. Do you want to build it with this. https://www.merlincycles.com/campagn...4HORoCcV_w_wcB and this SES 7.8 - ENVE Composites

or this Shimano Sora 3000 9 Speed Double Groupset - Road Groupsets - Ribble Cycles and this [url]https://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10053_10052_589151_-1___205024[/url

Most people who build from framesets usually can do the work themselves and have a stash of parts.
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
Depends. Do you want to build it with this. https://www.merlincycles.com/campagn...4HORoCcV_w_wcB and this SES 7.8 - ENVE Composites

or this Shimano Sora 3000 9 Speed Double Groupset - Road Groupsets - Ribble Cycles and this [url]https://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10053_10052_589151_-1___205024[/url

Most people who build from framesets usually can do the work themselves and have a stash of parts.
It would be low to mid-tier products. Maybe it's a waste to even do that if I buy such a nice frame.
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Originally Posted by Rsmith11 View Post
and have SOMEONE ELSE put it together?
Whatever the shop rate is, times a couple hours to do it. Plus parts from them, if they are one of the places that don't like to assemble a bike from a pile of parts a customer brings in a box that may or may not work together.

You'll be done well under $3k. Not sure you'll be in under what any other generic Sora-equipped bike off the shelf will be, though. IMO, the kicker is paying someone else to do the work, not the build itself.
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Last year I re-did my mid-90s Campione d' Italia. I switched out the Campy Mirage 7-speed groupset for a new 105 group from Merlin in the UK. The group runs about $420 today. Unless your a serious competitor, in my experience 105 will do whatever you need. For a great set of cheap wheels, try Vuelta at Nashbar. I have actually built wheels in the past, I want them TIGHT! I bought a set of the Vueltas last year for that bike and I love them. There's a lot better/more $$$ stuff out there, but like you, I was on a tight budget. BTW, I got free shipping from Merlin and if I remember correctly, received the package here in Kentucky in two days, blew me away. I've got a few pics on my phone, trying to upload now. I'll post them when I can. I would be all over that frame for a great build at that price.
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And to follow up, it's not rocket science to do a build. YouTube can show you each step, you might surprise yourself, it doesn't take a ton of time either. You would need to get a measurement on your bottom bracket to see if it is English or Italian. Back in the day Bianchis were all Italian, but that probably doesn't hold true today. A cheap caliper from Harbor Freight will suffice in most situations.
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Cheapest way generally is to find a suitable donor bike for the parts.
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I think I've read around $200 to get the bike assembled at a good shop.

So, you could price out components.

Many shops may prefer if you buy new components through the shop, but may give you some leeway on bringing in used components or something they don't typically stock. Anyway, the best way to get some actual numbers may be to go to your favorite bike shop and ask.
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Originally Posted by Rsmith11 View Post
I'm looking at possibly purchasing this 61 cm Bianchi San Larenzo frame. According to my research, this completed bike was $3k at MSRP. Not sure what the frame is worth but I assume $150 would be a steal.
Yeah, that's a really nice frameset at a good price. It would be a no-brainer to jump on that if it's in good shape, it's your size, and you had the parts to build it up.

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However, how much would it cost to buy the remaining parts and have SOMEONE ELSE put it together?
Even without figuring labor into the equation, it's usually cheaper to buy a complete bike than to buy parts and put a bike together. But let's go through the motions and see if that line of thinking holds up.

The Craigslist ad includes frame, fork, headset, stem, and seatpost. Here are some really rough numbers for a baseline build with midrange parts sourced from inexpensive online sources. (Expect to pay more from brick & mortar shops, especially on the groupset.)

Groupset: $375 to $410 for something like Shimano 105 or Campagnolo Veloce
Wheelset: $150 and up.
Tires: $60/pair
Tubes: $10/pair
Handlebar: $30 and up
Bar Tape: $15
Pedals: $50
Saddle: $40

So, not counting things like tax or shipping, we're in the $750 range if you elected to equip the bike with all new parts. Add the cost of the frameset itself plus a few hundred for assembly as shop labor rates and you're looking at a minimum of about $1100.
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Originally Posted by Rsmith11 View Post
Hey guys,

I'm looking at possibly purchasing this 61 cm Bianchi San Larenzo frame. According to my research, this completed bike was $3k at MSRP. Not sure what the frame is worth but I assume $150 would be a steal.
https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/sear....aspx?id=93066

It might have been a $3500 bike, a dozen years ago, with full Dura Ace 10s components.

Bicycle Bluebook puts the value of a complete very good condition bike at around $600 today. I can't say how accurate BBB is, the Dura Ace equipped bike could go in the $800 to $1000 range, give or take a bit.

So, say it costs $1000 (including the frame) to have a bike shop build up the bike for the OP, with 11s Shimano 105 components, and some nice wheels.

Is one better off with the new 11s, 105 equipped bike, or would one be better off waiting for an original Dura Ace San Larenzo to pop up?

Of course, if 61cm is the right frame, there is a lot to be said to have a nice custom build to the OP's specs. And I'm not seeing a lot of Bianchi San Larenzo bikes on E-Bay. But, one still has modern components on an old frame, both good and bad.
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