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    Budget options - Mostly new build - Recs, Ideas? or just buy entry level?

    Yesterday I sold my 26er and am going to build a 650B on a limited budget.
    Seems like buying entry level new bike for 700ish would leave me with no upgrade money, heavy bike and cheap components like acera/altus

    What I want based on all I've experienced so far, in hopes of a do it all well enough, versatile hardtail:
    650B compatible frame so I can run 26, 27.5 or a combo.
    100-120mm travel lightweight air fork
    As light as I can get it but versatile platform
    Modern components for - SS option (have singleator) but 1x9 (possibly 2x10)

    So what opinions do you have on these choices, or other ideas?
    Sette Reken - Alloy, cheaper, enough space but would like to grind off the v-studs, not sure about HT angle. ~100
    On One inbred - Steel, heavier but like it better due to slot drop outs and possibly better frame? ~250
    On One Scandal - Alloy, lighter but rear is 26 only. ~280

    x-fusion enix 120mm - $275 new
    Fox r32 used - $350 ish but still used

    Shift/derailleurs/cassette etc:
    new SLX take offs? 200
    new SRAM X9?
    Look for used parts on ebay?

    Still need wheelset

    Or would it really be better to just get a full bike and upgrade slowly

    BTW I currently have:
    new bars,
    new stem,
    new Deore Hydro brakes,
    good 26" wheelset, 160r 180f centerlock hubs and discs
    11-32 cassette 9sp
    Single speed freehub and singleator
    Older crank to begin with
    Last edited by theNomad; 03-28-2013 at 07:18 PM.

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    Budget options - Mostly new build - Recs, Ideas? or just buy entry level?

    There are a lot of great reasons to build from components .... But saving money isn't one of them. If best bike for lowest cost is your priority, sell your parts on eBay one at a time to guys who haven't learned the lesson yet, and buy an entry level bike with a good frame ... Or better yet a two year old used bike from someone who barely rode it ...., then slowly upgrade as you wear your OEM parts out.

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    yeah, probably true with all the looking I'm doing. It pisses me off that even $1000 bikes have low level components, it's almost insulting.

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