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Alright BF, I FINALLY finished! Any thoughts?

Old 03-01-11, 08:03 PM
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Alright BF, I FINALLY finished! Any thoughts?

So, back in October, I decided to do my first build. Picked up a 1993 R800 frame of craigslist and started. I posted a pic in December of it still very slim, but after the tax refund, I got to finish it! Keep in mind, this was a budget build in every sense of the word, as I dont have the money to spend on the newest Ultegra and the likes. Some guys had asked if I could get it under 20lbs for under $400....well, here's what we are looking at...

Frameset: 1993 Cannondale R800- $45
Wheels: Vuelta Corsa HD- Free (christmas gift)
Brakes: Tektro- $20 craigslist
Crank: Shimano 105 Hollowtech- $6 shipping (thanks to BF'r "Allegheny Jet")
Bottom Bracket: $25 plus shipping(ebay)
Seatpost: Ascent carbon- Free (chrismas gift)
Brifters: Nashbar/Microshift 10spd- $110 plus 20$ off (great reviews btw)
Front Derailleur: Deore, actually (Came with frame, but it will do the job for now)
Rear Derailleur: Nashbar/Microshift 10spd plus 20% off
Cassette: Shimano 105 10spd- $49.99 plus 20% off
Handlebars: FSA Aluminum- $4 (local co-op)
Pedals: CB Eggbeaters- Free (already had)
Seat: WTB Laser V- Free (already had)
Tires, tubes and misc: $60

I'm trying to see if there was anything I left out, but looks like the total out of MY pocket comes to, with shipping on items, between $250 and $300. Took to the recycling center down the street and it weighed in at 21.3lbs. Bummer, but at the same time, oh well. I didnt have a garage door or a real camera, so my wall and Blackberry will have to do. Enjoy!

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Very nice!!! What a budget build, my hat is off for your imagination.
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Nice job. Props.
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Great Job!!! Love the color!
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Great Job!!! Love the color!
Thanks! Ill tell you one thing, I was so excited when I found those wheels. Not only in my price range, but the color scheme is absolutely perfect.
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Looks good. Building is fun. How do you like the MS shifters? Or if you haven't had a chance to ride, update when you have...
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Old 03-01-11, 08:54 PM
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Looks good!
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Sweet budget build, I'm really liking that. I can say that I am actually liking my Microshift a lot, pretty good stuff for the price.
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Originally Posted by CNY James View Post
Looks good. Building is fun. How do you like the MS shifters? Or if you haven't had a chance to ride, update when you have...
I finished it after dusk and, of course, forgot my pump at work. Tomorrow will be the first ride, hopfully for hours! It wasn't just the price that made me go for them, though. I researched pretty hard and these particular ones got fantastic reviews. Some BF'ers have told me about the carbon MS's shifters with nothing but good things to say. At first glance, they rule over Sora anyday. When dialing in the derailleurs, shifting seemed crisp and smooth, with some excellent response to "trim" and such. I will definitely be updating after, though.
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Originally Posted by cycleWV_23 View Post
I'm trying to see if there was anything I left out, but looks like the total out of MY pocket comes to, with shipping on items, between $250 and $300. Took to the recycling center down the street and it weighed in at 21.3lbs. Bummer, but at the same time, oh well. I didnt have a garage door or a real camera, so my wall and Blackberry will have to do. Enjoy!
Spend all your money on the bike?

Looks nice though.
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nice job!
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Kudos to you. Nice build - very well thought out. Good job.

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very nice.
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I like the build. Nice job making everything work. I'm attempting to do really similar things with a build at the moment.
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Kudos to you. Nice build - very well thought out. Good job.

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I like it. I think the main thing keeping you over 20# is the wheels, but with 36 spokes 3x and 30mm rims they should at least be durable.
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I like it. I think the main thing keeping you over 20# is the wheels, but with 36 spokes 3x and 30mm rims they should at least be durable.
Yeah, hopefully. Im a bit on the heavier side, so id like all the durability I can get
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Nice build - well-thought out parts. Congrats and enjoy the ride!
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Nice build! I love seeing people take the budget approach in defiance of the millions of dollars spent marketing high-end parts to all of us. Have fun!
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Isn't scrounging for parts fun. Probably the most fun part. Now ride it! And when you get bored, start another build!
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How's the front shifting? Supposedly MTB front derailleurs are incompatible with road group shifters (different cable pull), although I've always wondered if it really would make a difference when shifting a double.
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very nice!!! I like it.
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How's the front shifting? Supposedly MTB front derailleurs are incompatible with road group shifters (different cable pull), although I've always wondered if it really would make a difference when shifting a double.
Just got back from my ride. Man, it was fantastic! Bit of a stiff ride, though, with it being a crit frame. As far as the shifting, everything was pretty smooth, I didnt notice and diff in the front derailleur. I think the diff might come from a front MTB being a bottom swing, since the cables generally come off the top tube. This one is just set up like a normal top swing, pulling from the bottom, so everything went well!
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