- Budget 29er – how cheap could you build it?
Having had a skim read of the knockoff chinese carbon 29er thread I’m tempted into a longish term project to build a 29er. The target would be racing Bristol Bikefest on it.
So how cheap do you think it could be done, assuming that I transferred drivetrain, controls and brakes from my existing 26″ hardtail….?
Any good deals or second hand bits out there?Posted 8 years agothomthumbMember
forks will be the difficult bit – is rigid an option?
wheels come up on classifieds for around £100. often enough. on one often have their wheelset for about that money.
tyres £25/ pair. from classifieds. depends what you want as some of the cheaper 29er tyres are a bit pants.
seatpost & front mech are easy enough say £25 the pairPosted 8 years agobolMember
As with any other build, go for the best/lightest frame and wheels you can for the money. I went for a Scandal as it is light and has good versatile geometry. As Naffrider says, Bontrager wheels are great value second hand, as are Specialized, of which there will be a lot more about in 29″ guise this year. A nice wide flat bar might be worth a look too if you’re not especially tall. Truvativ do one that can be found pretty cheap.Posted 8 years agofenredMember
I’m doing this at the moment, got cheapo Merlin 29er wheelset (£79) Reba rl’s (15% discount £270)both just arrived this morning. Wheels seem well built, all the spokes make the same noise on twang test, not the lightest but for that dough I’m well chuffed. 😀
^^ Alternatively buy scud’s stuff for better quality/cost saving etc….Bare in mind the cheapest set of tyre I could find were £50 for tyres and tubes.Posted 8 years agomiketuallySubscriber
If everything else transfers, you just need frame, fork, wheels and tyres.
It’s much harder to find bargains for 29er stuff. I ended up building a 26″ bike, as the 29er was going to cost too much. In the end, I decided that a 26er with better tyres, etc. would be better and there were some good 26″ bargains about.
(But I still find myself looking at 29ers… CTBM has a bargain Karate Monkey that I’d have snapped up if it was available earlier in the year.)Posted 8 years agoLionheartMember
I have built up two 29ners a cheaper one to see if i liked them and an expensive-ish one costing about £1500+, expensive one was pretty good I just preferred the cheaper one.Posted 8 years ago
Not really cheap, just went bargain hunting. Tried for decent bits to give it a fair chance.
Just under £400….
Mostly second hand off here, few new consumables and few out of shed parts bin:
Frame Zion (sort of US OnOne) £60
Forks Revs £80
Wheels OnOne £60
Tyres Ardents £30
XT driveline set 1×9 £60
Brakes Haynes £40
new inner tubes £10, cables £20, grips £10 and chain £25
Bars, stem, QRs, saddle and seatpost from shedsteve_b77Member
Built mine up for not a lot at all if I’m honest.
Got the frame new for £299 (but some inheritance paid for that) then swapped drive train, brakes & finishing kit over from 26″ HT.
Needed new wheels, forks, tyres, seatpost & some flat bars, has a mass clear-out and made money in the end 😀
BTW Specialized 29’er tyres are great, esp the Ground Control 2Bliss I have on mine, and they’re pretty cheap too.Posted 8 years agoHandsomedogMember
Thanks all – you may just have cost me a lot of money…
thomthumb – yes rigid is an option, certainly for the purposes of getting a rideable bike. Probably carbon.
scud – would you mind emailing me details of what you might have available to edward [dot] rollason [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk ??Posted 8 years ago
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