Building a bike up…….not cheap is it?
bike companies buy in significant quantities and add in Shimano/Sram etc have that nice OEM price to help lock you into aftermarket sales.
A good quote on building a £1k ht – buy a Cheap full sus for parts and sell the frame. Cheap/Value builds are put together by accountants 🙂Posted 4 years agoPeterPoddyMember
It can be done. I’ve done it many times, but you’ve got to be canny. Used, nearly new, stuff is where it’s at. My current hardtail was £2600 as a full bike. I’ve built one up with better spec for under £1200. My wife’s bike would have been around £2500 for the spec at the time, I paid £1600 and that bike was all brand new apart from stem and seat post.Posted 4 years ago
It takes time and effort to get a nice bike for cheap. Anyone can pay full whack and have it done in 3 days….. 🙂wigglesSubscriber
I am building my latest bike mainly for the reason matther01 said, could buy 2k bike but will never be 100% your preferred parts so you might spend another £500 on tyres, brakes etc or just spend £2.5k from the start and have exactly what you want.
I have a spreadsheet of what I have spend on parts for my ht build and it scares me (£1.5k and counting 😯 ) but no way I could of afforded to drop 1.5k in one go.Posted 4 years agoampthillSubscriber
I’d agree with you. I do wonder if stock builds hide cheap bits. OEM tyres and tubes, bottom of the range cables etc. But even so I’ve one spread sheets where I’ve sourced eveything as cheaply as i could find new and its still looked pricey. Especially when you start seeing deals on bikes….
nearly new is alot cheaper. but again just as true in whole bikesPosted 4 years ago
Having done my last one as specified parts on a build it cost more than buying off the peg but there was no chance of getting what I wanted.
Some simple build tricks however..
Deore Cassette on XT drivetrain
The strange tyres not in the catalogue
Forks with less adjustment/lower spec than Retail ones
Crap Spokes and nipples
As I said above the other bit is SRAM/Shimano will take a hit on the OEM kit as if you have an XT drive train you will probably replace with an XT, it will cost you more to go SRAM so they will get 2/3 years of aftermarket full RRP sales from a discount/cost sale to the bike manufacturer.
My LBS does a lot of swapping on and off new bikes for people wanting to upgrade/change stuff so often has some OEM wheels or full drive trains available for people to pick up at great prices. Hence the missus has RF NExt Carbon cranks on her bike…Posted 4 years agotomdSubscriber
I built a cotic soul up recently for the girlfriend. Saved £250 by getting a used frame in very nice condition but it still added up to £1300 for a nice but not bling build. I could have got a very nice off the shelf bike for £1K but as said above there are always rubbish parts hiding in there. So the self built bike has good quality hand built wheels, good tyres, decent headset, easy to service fork etc.
So I reckon it’ll payback in reduced ball ache over the coming months / years as I fulfil my mechanic duties.Posted 4 years agopuddingsMember
Suspension is where a lot of cost cutting occurs. Factory OEM is often a downspecced version of the aftermarket version, especially on high volume product (how often do may reviews make veiled and sometimes not so veiled comments about the forks performance for example)Posted 4 years agoGoldiggerMember
I priced up building my own trance 29er. For £1200 less than the stock trance X 0, I would have a better bike.
Full XT Group set
Stans Arch EX on hope Evo
Rock Show Rev dual air
Fox float CTD trail kashima
A saddle that fits my butt
This time of year works out good on new parts with merlin and CRC offering 10% discount
I decided to hold fire with all this 650b BS..Posted 4 years agoSBrockMember
I am building a SC Heckler 650B
I have been cany buying NEW parts when I have seen good offers
I picked up the following recently from CRC a few weeks ago when they had a mad sale for £250
X7 rear mech
2 x PC971 chains
SLX front Mech
SLX Double Bash with BB
Then got my Pike RC3 from bike discount.de for £588
Set of Mint M4 brakes off the forum for £120
When i got my frame (£1349) i blagged a hope taper headset supplied & fitted
Just need wheels now (cheapest i seen is £330)
it will be a £2800 build a bit more than the complete bike from SC but that has crap spec for £2600Posted 4 years agobelugabobMember
The main reason to build, rather than buy (for me, at least) is to get exactly the spec that I want. (Can’t remember the last time I saw a bike spec that was 100% in line with my preferences)
The way that I approached it was…
* Buy the bottom of the range bike, as they generally all have the same frame.Posted 4 years ago
* Sell the parts that I don’t want (Usually SRAM, purely because I’m used to Shimano)
* Stalk the internet to get the bits I do want
* Build it up
* Ride around with a big smirk on my face, knowing that…
* I have exactly the bike that I wanted
* I saved a bit of money (this bit is optional, depending, on how well i did)ndthorntonMember
To do on the cheap….
Cat1 – Bits to buy new as they are basically consumables….
Chainset (cranks will last for ever but since you always need new rings and BB – may as well buy all together)
Cat2 – Bits that will wear out eventually, and sometimes need servicing…. but you can get away with “nearly new”
Cat3 – stuff that doesn’t really wear out or need servicing and only dies when you brake it in a crash – second hand is fine
normal seat post
Saddle (possibly Cat2 if its a boutique build)
Hardtail frames (possibly Cat2 if its a boutique build)
Anything iv forgotten there……?Posted 4 years ago
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