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Building my first bike, need some recommendations!

Old 02-09-09, 12:29 AM
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Building my first bike, need some recommendations!

Hey BF, I've been riding a fixed gear for a while now and training with a roadie friend. Finally got my hands on a road frame, and so I'm in the process of slowly building it up. It's a Mercier LTD30, and I've gotten some pretty good deals on some 08 SRAM Rival bits. For wheels I'm planning on using grabbing some Open Pros laced to Ultegra hubs. But now I need some help choosing bars and a stem. I don't know a lot about them, so I have a few questions. First off, is there a difference between 26 and 31.8 clamp sizes? Is one more stiff than the other? Also, I really dislike the ergo bars on my current bike, and prefer the classic round bend bars. I was thinking of getting some 3TTT Rotundo bars. A little more pricey than I'd like, but fairly light and I don't see many classic bends out there. I'm really not sure what width to get them in though. I'm also going to need a new stem. Can anyone make a recommendation for a decent, fairly inexpensive stem? I saw this one on Competitive Cyclist. Good deal? I'm currently using an 80mm stem on my 59cm frame, and my new frame is 57cm.

If it helps at all, I'm 6' 175lbs (and dropping).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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EA70 stem is solid and reliable. 3T Rotundo is a great bar. Sounds like good choices. I agree with about ergo bars, they are inferior to classic curved bars. Shallow curved are my personal favorite. When you have her all built, post a pic. Enjoy the build and enjoy the ride.
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Thanks!

As far as brakes go, what would be a good, fairly cheap, option? I was thinking of grabbing some Tektro brakes and throwing on some Koolstops. Or how old of Shimano 105's would be too old? I'm not really certain how to tell which Shimano brakes are from what year.

I'm also a little unsure of what cassette to get. It is my understanding that Shimano 10 speed cassettes will work with SRAM. Is it worth shelling out the bucks for a SRAM rival 10 speed cassette, or should I look into something cheaper? And I was looking at getting an 11-25 or 11-26. Is this a good range? I'm not looking to climb mountains, but it would be nice to get up some hills easier. I'm not exactly built to climb.
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