Help needed! Building the ultimate budget hardtail from scratch.
MTB Prices seem to have spiralled out of control over the last few years so I thought it might be worth getting the STW massive with all their experience to help build a NEW budget hardtail that ticks all the boxes.
Light, strong, nimble, all day do it all trail thrasher.
How cheap can we go without a big compromisePosted 4 years ago
Full build from BB to Grips
120-140mm front forks.
New parts not second hand
Geared not single speed
Any wheel size
Prices, weights (with comparisons would be great) and links would all be helpful.StonerSubscriber
On sunday night I have an eBay listing starting for some immaculate U-Turn revs that came off a 456 from 2006. Theyve done less than 300 miles – the Mrs’ bike, hardly ever used off road. Almost NOS condition. Any STW folk winning can have 10% discount off the winning auction price.Posted 4 years agoIainAhhSubscriber
I have both built up and bought discounted new off the shelf. You are probably going to spend almost as much building it up especially if limited to new parts. I built up a hardtail for commuting and messing about with second hand frame & wheels
, some bits i had already like tyres, handlebars, stem, seat etc and some new parts e.g. cranks. Even as a single speed it still added up to about £500. Enjoyed putting it together. Suspension forks & wheels cost quite a bit.The advantage being you can spec it / customise it to how you like.
You will find a good spec bike maybe up to half price new a year or more out of date. You can’t beat that for value & new.Posted 4 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Do you really think prices have spiraled out of control?
Sure, the 2016 bikes (or whatever year they will optimistically call bikes released in 2013) that will be out shortly will carry a premium but then you’ll get great prices on 2012 / 2013 bikes which ride just as well.
Agree that generally, unless you can find some stonking deals on bits it would be cheaper to buy a complete bike – the manufacturers can haggle a whole load better with the bits makers that you or I can.
Danny BPosted 4 years agodeviantMember
I put together a hardtail like you’re describing when i came across a Kona Caldera frame on CRC’s website reduced to £150….it prompted a cheap build using Superstar and On-One kit, Deore gears and brakes from CRC also and some Dave Hinde wheels (i know, i know but they were fine!)….bike was awesome, genuiely regret selling it.Posted 4 years ago
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