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Old 11-25-08, 09:27 AM
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which is cheaper??

Which is cheaper in the end??
a) buy a bike with a good frame and good components
b) buy a bike with a good frame but lesser components and upgrade the components later

Let's assume for the purposes of this discussion that the end product is the same, i.e. regardless of the path chosen, the bike will have the same frame and components in the end.
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Old 11-25-08, 10:26 AM
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Normally the first route will be cheaper, however great buy's can be had by a good shopper. And cheap builds are possible.
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Old 11-25-08, 01:40 PM
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The first route will most likely be cheaper.

You can find great buys but if you factor in the time spent hunting down deals, you'll be hard-pressed to match option a. This is because manufacturer's get a nice wholesale price we will never get.
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Unless they're used parts #1 will *obviously* always be cheaper and better.

I built up a bike piece by piece, and individually they were all high quality componentry, but getting them to function in-sync as one bike, was a mechanical feat, and the end product was not that good. It was heavy, Geometry, while in theory was good, isnt nearly as good as other bikes i've ridden, it was also a pain to keep in tune as the frame did not work well with some of the parts.

Its always better for a noob to buy a bike, than to make an attempt to learn how bikes work by putting one together by yourself. It will never turn out right, there are too many important factors you dont know about yet. Particularly, personal preferences, you dont really know what you want in a bike, so you will have a chaotic mix of parts from DH, XC, AM, based on how cheap of a price (or how pretty a color) they are.

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Old 11-25-08, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
Unless they're used parts #1 will *obviously* always be cheaper and better.

I built up a bike piece by piece, and individually they were all high quality componentry, but getting them to function in-sync as one bike, was a mechanical feat, and the end product was not that good. It was heavy, Geometry, while in theory was good, isnt nearly as good as other bikes i've ridden, it was also a pain to keep in tune as the frame did not work well with some of the parts.

Its always better for a noob to buy a bike, than to make an attempt to learn how bikes work by putting one together by yourself. It will never turn out right, there are too many important factors you dont know about yet. Particularly, personal preferences, you dont really know what you want in a bike, so you will have a chaotic mix of parts from DH, XC, AM, based on how cheap of a price (or how pretty a color) they are.
I agree that a noob can have a difficult time matching componentry that will mesh well together...you have proven that point.

I do believe however that if you know what you're doing, it is quite simple to construct a bike with componentry that meshes well together.

It's obvious which category in which you belong if not for your inability to select proper components, then the piss-poor advice that you give on a daily basis.

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