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Bike build- someone talk me out of it.

Old 04-09-09, 07:46 PM
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Bike build- someone talk me out of it.

I was at a LBS the other day for a fitting, and happened to make a few laps of the only dry pavement I could find (snow is still melting) on an '08 BMC SL01 Road Racer. Basic Ultegra double build, Mavic wheelset... yadda, yadda... Loved it. It fit me better than the CAAD9 5 I've been wanting, especially for longer rides. Started counting my pennies and potential pennies and came up a lot short, especially after buying my TT bike.

I have a Mercier Serpens with Ultegra 30sp groupset and brakes. I've upgraded the wheelset to Neuvation M28 Aero3s and replaced the saddle, but that's about it. It's my commuter/whatever bike, it fits me, and it serves the purpose, but doesn't really make my heart sing when I ride it. It's also on the weighty side.

I found a SL01 frameset online for a decent price that I could swing. I figure if I swap most of the parts from the Mercier over (with a few upgrades here and there), I could have a pretty great bike for around $1000. Then I could sell the Mercier frameset and old wheels to help offset the new parts somewhat. Even using the most of the Mercier parts, I think I can get it under 18lbs (w/pedals) without trying too hard. I'm not a weight weenie, since I can lose 20 lbs and still be considered a fatty by Magnus Backstedt.

I looked into swapping to a double, but that adds a bit much to the price, loses some hillclimbing ability, and doesn't really dump that much weight. A triple will have to do.

This bike would have to serve as a commuter and crit/road race/whatever bike. I'm just trying to decide if it's worth it.

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Old 04-09-09, 07:49 PM
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Mmmm, Ultegra 30 speed sounds better than my no name 12 speed...
If that helps :]
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If you like the wrenching, sure. If your going to lose sleep calculating pennies saved one way versus another, probably not so good. I built my last bike because I wanted to and enjoyed the process, and like knowing how every thing goes together and where I got each piece. I could have saved money just buying a whole new bike, but I know I'd be planning upgrades and wanting to swap parts after the first week...so not really money saved.
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maybe you tried the wrong size caad9...everyone loves the caad9.....everyone
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Originally Posted by daxr View Post
If you like the wrenching, sure. If your going to lose sleep calculating pennies saved one way versus another, probably not so good. I built my last bike because I wanted to and enjoyed the process, and like knowing how every thing goes together and where I got each piece. I could have saved money just buying a whole new bike, but I know I'd be planning upgrades and wanting to swap parts after the first week...so not really money saved.
Part of the desire to build it is for the education, so that is factored in there. I can't really justify having 3 road bikes to the wife, so if I want a bike that does it all, one has to go. The TT bike is too much fun and too new to be shown the door. The Mercier will be the one. The Mercier would likely bring about $500-$600 on Craigslist as it sits now, which wouldn't even cover the frameset, much less all of the components. The Mercier is built very similarly to the SL01 I rode groupset-wise, except the Mercier is a triple. That was what got me thinking...

I would save about $1000 building it myself with parts from the Mercier and a new ceramic bottom bracket, stem, cables... it certainly gives me pause for thought.
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
maybe you tried the wrong size caad9...everyone loves the caad9.....everyone
He who has a Caad9 can do no wrong.
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
maybe you tried the wrong size caad9...everyone loves the caad9.....everyone
I love the CAAD9... for about the first 40-50 miles. Then my back starts to complain. I need a more versatile bike, and the SL01 fits me and my needs slightly better than the CAAD 9. The CAAD 9 just never seems to put away the fangs, and my fat, broken down old body just can't take it on a century. That's not the bike's fault. If I was racing a steady diet of crits (weekly) I might have a different preference.
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if you really think the parts are worth swapping over, go for it. I think you should ride what you want...you only live once.
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You guys weren't very convincing, so I pulled the trigger on the frameset. A bunch of parts are either waiting for me to pick them up at the local race shop or on order. Even after I shifted some priorities and weight, I think it will still come in under 18lbs. Considering my heavy-ish wheelset, tires, saddle, and triple, I don't consider it too bad. I could have gone lighter, but with diminishing returns.

I will be upgrading the BB to ceramic, and my stem and handlebars will be more ergo and lighter. The total will still be under $1000, which includes shipping and a little shop labor. The real question will be how much I can get for the old Mercier, minus the drivetrain and brakes. We'll see...
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Good move on buying the frameset....

Good luck on selling the Mercier
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I figure some college kid will want it for a fixie/SS or somebody will slap some cheap parts on it for a commuter. I may look at the bike swap for some 105 9/10 speed parts to build it back up for resale.
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