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Old 01-10-18, 10:21 AM   #26
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Like it! What's a rough budget for such a bike?
A rough budget would be $10-14,000 depending on component choices. You can save a fair bit if you're patient and wait for sales or "used" components on eBay. For example, Ultegra is practically the same as Dura Ace, and it's often on sale.

For comparative purposes, top-end singles from Trek, Specialized, Pinarello, etc are easily over $10,000.
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Old 01-10-18, 07:25 PM   #27
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To be honest I haven't really added it up. We built it with pretty much all top end components. I do shop carefully for sales on the components and do all the labor myself because I can and I like to. Current pricing on the frame alone as built is $ 8950 and about $550 for the fork. About the only component I did not go the best is the cranks and they are still really nice but just not as light as Lightening Cranks but I did not want to use their proprietary bottom brackets as I wanted to be able to go into any bike shop and get a bottom bracket. Since we used Chris King BB it will probably never be necessary . By the time it is all said and done 14-17 depending on the wheels used is a good range. We have a set of custom frame bags being made and they were about 1k so one can spend as much as they want. I also have two complete setups that take about 15 minutes to change the bike from flat bars to drop bars depending on the trip we are taking. We also have a dedicated Calfee that is set up for pavement only and is about as light as one can have a coupled bike without fragile component choices. BTW tandem spent dollars are the best ratio of dollars to fun of just about anything we spend money on.Its always an amazing time with the person I always want to be with and we work together to accomplish riding goals. Happily married for many years.

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Old 01-11-18, 05:18 PM   #28
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Well said! The tandem money spent is priceless!
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Old 01-13-18, 10:32 AM   #29
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thanks Akexpress. My wife enjoyed and fully agreed with your reply. Also brings a new level of admiration in your build skills. BTW, we live about 15 miles from Calfee so the temptation is even greater. /Doug
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