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Old 04-14-09, 09:26 PM
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Old 04-14-09, 10:19 PM
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Again, hot bikes. Very hot. Normally I wouldn't like these bikes, but this isn't normal.
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Doesn't it end up costing way more to do it this way?
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Old 04-14-09, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Ratfish
Doesn't it end up costing way more to do it this way?
not for me.
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Old 04-14-09, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Ratfish
Doesn't it end up costing way more to do it this way?
bargain hunting and patience.
nothing as gratifying like picking up 10sp DA shifters for $120.
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Old 04-14-09, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Ratfish
Doesn't it end up costing way more to do it this way?
If you go out and buy all your parts retail it does. I used craigslist, ebay, and pbk for the majority of the purchases on my build. I don't think I could have gotten a better bike for the price from a shop. Plus you have the advantage of having exactly what you want.
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Old 04-14-09, 10:42 PM
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Yeah some nice rides in this thread. Thanks for the photos.
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Old 04-14-09, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Ratfish
Doesn't it end up costing way more to do it this way?
Normally, yes. I like to save money by buying donor bikes. I once bought a Kestrel Airfoil with Zipp 404's, full Dura Ace 7700 and HED carbon aero bars for $800.00. I sold the frame for $400.00 and the bars for $150.00 and ended up with the Dura Ace group and 404's for $250.00!
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Nothing special, but they were both built from scratch.


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Old 04-14-09, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Ratfish
Doesn't it end up costing way more to do it this way?
Like some of the others said, not necessarily. Sales, ebay, craigslist and just the for trade threads here have served me very well. But the one thing that will always have me build my own bikes up is that I can choose every piece right the first time. When you buy a built bike (with some exceptions on the high end stuff) you may have to change out bars, stems, saddles, pedals, etc... and occasionally, you will get sub-par components in places that really do matter, like bottom brackets and headsets. I've been riding for 20 years, so I kinda already know what I want so it works better for me to do it that way. In fact of all the bikes I've had...and it's a lot...I've only ever bought three bikes "off the floor" and one was for a girlfriend.
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Had to order almost everything individually, including the groupset. I originally put Shimano on it, but switched over to Rival a few months back.
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Old 04-15-09, 02:25 AM
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I had the bike shop put this one together:


And put these two together myself:


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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Kinda hard to tell, but looks like you used a lot of heat. Looks like brass too ?? Silver is a lot easier to work with in tight spaces like the lugs.
Lugs are silver, dropouts brass, fd tab brass.

It was my first lugged frame, I usually TIG so I was learning as I went.
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Old 04-15-09, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by AEO
bargain hunting and patience.
nothing as gratifying like picking up 10sp DA shifters for $120.
+1.

F4:13 frame: On clearance at the LBS. Lucky that my size was the only one left.

Chorus 10 group: Purchased piecemeal from 11speed.com, PBK, and CC.

Zipp 404 Clydes: Factory direct with a (steep) military discount.

Toupe saddle: bought w/team discount

stem/bar: bargain hunting at random places on the interwebs.
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Old 04-15-09, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by AEO
bargain hunting and patience.
+1 I only had Dura Ace brakes on the GT because my dad found them at a swapmeet for $80/pair brand new. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between them and the Ultegra, but it was nice. Most of my frames I built up were take-offs, and many other parts were discards from Cat 1/2 racers who changed sponsors before the next season.
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Old 04-15-09, 09:03 AM
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Bought as a full build but have replaced all the parts but the handle bars and they are next. FWIW this bike has been built as DA, Campy Record, 2009 Centaur, and now finally in Red.


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Old 04-15-09, 09:31 AM
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These last two I built for my girlfriend (gotta convince her to ride with me somehow).

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Really liking that Smoothie at the top of 2, for whatever reason. Also seeing a lot of saddles with exposed springs, which makes me nervous that something is gonna get caught where it shouldn't on a non-bib-shorts ride around town

Bought a totally different bike a while back, replaced seat, replaced cranks, replaced wheels, replaced post, replaced frame and fork, replaced shifters and drivetrain, and eventually it got to the point where I was able to rebuild the original bike from things i'd taken off and flip it. The only parts remaining here from the original are one bottle cage and one of those crimp-on cable ends that I'm pretty sure were not meant to be re-used.



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Old 04-15-09, 10:47 AM
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Pieced together from leftover parts in my garage.

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Well i cant resist....

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Originally Posted by Ratfish
Doesn't it end up costing way more to do it this way?
In addition to what the others have said about saving money by not buying retail (via used or near-wholesale pricing), I would add that the real savings come out when you try to build a bike that would retail at 2 grand and up. It's hard to beat some entry level bikes in terms of pricing, since the margins are slim, but with high end groupsets and frames the savings can be substantial. e.g., buying a very gently used brand-name carbon frame slightly used versus from the factory.
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