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2017 Giant TCR Advanced 2 frameset build

Old 02-11-18, 05:19 PM
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2017 Giant TCR Advanced 2 frameset build

Hey all, new to the forum so hopefully this is in the right location and hasn't been posted a hundred times before. Anyhow, today I bought a 2017 Giant TCR Advanced 2 frame, with fork, seat post, drop bar, and press fit bottom bracket. I got this for $300, and as a college student, it seemed like a good deal to me. Now I am stuck with building it from the ground up, however; as a college student, I do have a pretty strict budget. I went to my local shop and they were telling me it was going to cost me $1500 buy wheels, a group set, and whatever else I would need. I feel this is really high and just wanted to ask if you all had any suggestions for fairly priced parts that are still reliable. I don't plan on racing besides RAGBRAI and other things of the such. I'd really appreciate any help and recommendations, Thanks all!

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Originally Posted by Abba96 View Post
Hey all, new to the forum so hopefully this is in the right location and hasn't been posted a hundred times before. Anyhow, today I bought a 2017 Giant TCR Advanced 2 frame, with fork, seat post, drop bar, and press fit bottom bracket. I got this for $300, and as a college student, it seemed like a good deal to me. Now I am stuck with building it from the ground up, however; as a college student, I do have a pretty strict budget. I went to my local shop and they were telling me it was going to cost me $1500 buy wheels, a group set, and whatever else I would need. I feel this is really high and just wanted to ask if you all had any suggestions for fairly priced parts that are still reliable. I don't plan on racing besides RAGBRAI and other things of the such. I'd really appreciate any help and recommendations, Thanks all!

-John
Should be able to do it for cheaper than $1500 if you buy all the parts online. If you did end up spending that much you would have already went over the price of a new one.
I would start with a 105 groupset, and some wheels in the $400-500 ballpark. If you're going to build up a frame might as well make it nicer than the stock configuration.
Used would be a good way to save some money as well.
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I forgot to ask what color frame did you get, blue or red?
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Well, now is as good a time to learn to build a bike as any.
You can find used wheels and groupsets on pinkbike, ebay, or craigslist.
Alternatively you can buy new and so long as you don't get crazy with weight and bling factor you can easily get wheels and a group well under $1000.
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I forgot to ask what color frame did you get, blue or red?
Thanks for the info, and I got the black and red one.
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[QUOTE=mercator;20164143]Well, now is as good a time to learn to build a bike as any.
You can find used wheels and groupsets on pinkbike, ebay, or craigslist.
Alternatively you can buy new and so long as you don't get crazy with weight and bling factor you can easily get wheels and a group well under $1000.


It'll be my first build so I'm going to have a coworker help me.
Ill check out pinkbike, thanks
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I like the Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed Groupset for about $400/$425 from one of the Uk online bike shops.

For wheels.I would do A search here to get some advice.
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As others have said, there are some pretty good options out there that you can probably get for ~$600+ labor.

However, the frame you got at the price you did is an great deal. The shop you went to probably wasn't entirely 'wrong' in quoting you a ~1000+ after labor/pedals/bartape/saddle/shoes....Its all relative but probably was some thought of avoiding putting lipstick on a pig - also the shop probably wants to provide a quality level of parts and opinion
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Great deal on the frame! Especially with what’s included. Was that a local buy or online?
I’m helping a friend (building the bike for them) and they are on a tight budget as you are. Parts I’ll be using.
China carbon frameset $245
Tiagra 4700 groupset. $289
Nashbar.com wheelset $70
Cables/housing/tires $50

2 beers, 2ish hours (dependent on dexterity)

It’s really not that bad to build the bike! you’d have to buy 2 low cost tools, for the cassette and the bottom bracket about 10$ if you order from flea bay. Goodluck!

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I started wondering how you got this frame. Giant doesn't sell them as a frame, and it seems like an unlikely choice for someone to part it out for a different frame.
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Originally Posted by Karman321 View Post
Great deal on the frame! Especially with whats included. Was that a local buy or online?
Im helping a friend (building the bike for them) and they are on a tight budget as you are. Parts Ill be using.
China carbon frameset $245
Tiagra 4700 groupset. $289
Nashbar.com wheelset $70
Cables/housing/tires $50

2 beers, 2ish hours (dependent on dexterity)

Its really not that bad to build the bike! youd have to buy 2 low cost tools, for the cassette and the bottom bracket about 10$ if you order from flea bay. Goodluck!
It was an online order from Letgo actually. Had to drive 4 hours to get it but waa well worth the drive. Hoping the build goes well! I'm not too worried though.
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I started wondering how you got this frame. Giant doesn't sell them as a frame, and it seems like an unlikely choice for someone to part it out for a different frame.
Yeah I was very surprised as well, he had said he never really used it but had another frame he was throwing the components on.
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Not sure how you got that frame for that price but kudos. As far as budget build allot the most money for wheels and if your budget is $1500 you could get a nice set of wheels (DT Swiss 1600, Mavic, Fulcrum, etc) then full 105 5800 that's about $800 (shop for a deal ) with the rest get a good saddle, a cycling computer of your choice, pedals, grip tape.

If you care about power look for a stages or similar type as they aren't overly expensive and serve the same function as pricier units. I dont have a power meter but that doesnt impede my riding or me finishing ahead of others on group rides charity rides Time Trials etc.
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It was an online order from Letgo actually. Had to drive 4 hours to get it but waa well worth the drive. Hoping the build goes well! I'm not too worried though.
Yes, indeed well worth the 4 hour drive. Goodluck wish you headache free building
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