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Old 08-15-14, 08:32 AM
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question about bike cost

Assuming the two frames are equal in every way, is it cheaper to buy a bike already made with higher end components out of the box, or cheaper to switch to the higher end components later?

For example, a bike with all Sora components may cost $1000. It may be $2000 for the same frame with 105 components. Is it possible to buy the $1000 bike and spend less than $1000 to upgrade the components to make it on par with the $2000 bike?
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It's going to be more expensive to upgrade. Manufacturers can buy parts in bulk and get a much better deal on prices. Plus if you buy the parts later, you have to go through a retailer and that adds to the price.

The cheapest option is to buy a bike that meets your needs. Upgrade parts as they wear out or break.
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Originally Posted by MissDaisy
...For example, a bike with all Sora components may cost $1000. It may be $2000 for the same frame with 105 components...
I'm sure the difference isn't $1000 between Sora and 105 on a complete bike. Maybe it's different in the States, but here, no way.

If it is that big of a difference there, there is no way 105 is worth $1000 more. Sora is perfectly ok.
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$200-$300 is more in line for a Sora to 105 upgrade here in Canada. Often the frame will be the same but as well as the groupset, the wheels, tires, bars, saddles etc bring the price up. You will always be able to buy the built bike cheaper IMHO. I just bought a new Salsa with Sora components and like it a lot.
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thanks everyone - yeah, I know sora vs 105 is less than $1000, just threw that number out there as an example.....I was asking b/c I saw a hardly used Salsa Vaya frame at a great price so I was wondering what it would be like to build it vs. getting an already-bike built from a dealer.
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Originally Posted by MissDaisy
thanks everyone - yeah, I know sora vs 105 is less than $1000, just threw that number out there as an example.....I was asking b/c I saw a hardly used Salsa Vaya frame at a great price so I was wondering what it would be like to build it vs. getting an already-bike built from a dealer.
Even with the deal on the frame, it will probably cost you more to build it from the frame up than to just buy a complete bike. But, money isn't everything. There is something cool about selecting all the components individually. You decide where to put your money rather than some product manager at a corporate headquarters thousands of miles away.
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Get what you can afford from the get go. It definitely is more expensive to upgrade later. That said, if you still love the bike, upgrading a few years down the line with newer, better components is probably worthwhile. If you are handy and do the work yourself, that means win.
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If you're buying with the intent to upgrade parts, it makes more sense to buy used. The used bike, however, can be you own! As others have said, if you buy the cheaper bike, ride it until you've gotten your money's worth out of it and then replace the parts.
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