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    Custom build....

    So I have narrowed down my selection to getting a 29er and am now thinking of building something myself. My brother has been gracious enough to let me borrow his Rocky Mountain Element 5.0 for the rest of the season or until I get myself something. I am really into DIY and getting the best bang for the buck and I am now looking at building a custom 29er from different sites like Pricepoint, Unreal Cycles, Ebay, JensonUSA, BlueSkyCycling, BikeIsland, etc.

    I guess my question is, is this a wise decision?

    Here is what I have looked at building so far....
    Motobecane Fantom Trail 29er - $165
    Marzocchi 44 TST2 Air 29 Q15 - $311
    SRAM X7 Disc Group - $340
    Cliff 29 -WTB SpeedDisc with Kenda - $200

    This would leave me with stem, saddle, bb, headset, handlebars and grips (I think) with a total of $1016 so far.

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    I do have time to build this until next season so I will definitely look for deals on things. Like right now BlueSky has a set of WTB Dual Duty with Shimano Deore M525 hubs on sale for $60 each so I could get those and find a pair of Kenda/WTB/Panaracer on sale somewhere that will give me a bit more savings...

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    I've always considering building up a bike before I end up buying one "off the shelf"... even though I get parts at cost. IMO, you need to want something VERY specific, or have a ton of cash laying around to justify it. Maybe the motobecane is your dream frame, but something tells me that's not the case :P

    For example, the Trek X-Caliber comes with a fork that's around $1100 retail, for around $1500 retail... and that includes everything (it's amazing how quickly the "small" parts add up). You just can't compete with the volume prices that the big manufacturers pay. If you can find a decent deal on a previous model etc, it gets even cheaper. Then you can ride it, upgrade parts as you go.

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    If you want the best bang for your buck, I don't think this can be beat:
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...om29pro_SL.htm

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    bang for the buck is still gonna be buying a complete bike I think. but if you like the DIY aspect, getting all the parts and building your own bike can be rewarding so I don't want to dissuade you but in my experience it just hasn't been the cheapest route (example: last bike was a custom frame, king hubs and headset, thomson bits, etc). if you're patient maybe you could ebay some parts too. i'd also recommend learning to build wheels since you enjoy DIY. that's DEFINITELY not cost effective (time) but rewarding.

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    I guess I need to do some more thinking on this. I would enjoy the DIY portion of it and definitely have the help available between my brother and his buddies. But budget is always a concern and I know that off the bat I would not get the best parts. Maybe I will stick with the new Felt and then upgrade that slowly.

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    It is WAY cheaper to buy a bike than to piece it together unless your budget is several thousand dollars. Get into the high end everything and you won't save much if any buying a complete bike over building from a frame.

    The bike I bought this year has a $2000 retail frame cost, the entire bike including X9/X0 drivetrain, Fox F29 RL fork, XT cranks, Elixer CR brakes, DT Swiss wheelset, etc retails for $3300. $1300 for that build kit would be a STEAL. The big bike companies buy thousands and thousands of everything, they get incredible pricing doing so. You just cannot compete with that kind of buying power, not even buying used parts in most cases.

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    Well for the time being I am going to keep playing with different things on this while I wait for the Felt site to be updated with their new line-up. From what I have read, the Nine Sport will be the $599 model but comes with sub-par items (XCM V3 fork, Tektro discs, Felt branded stuff where applicable, 8-spd drivetrain) and really I see it that I would be spending $600 on a frame that I am not sure about. With my brother letting me use his back-up this gives me time to 1) save for more budget 2) try and build/fit something that will be geared for me specifically.

    Did some reading and apparently the RST M-29 fork that a lot of these frames come with from Motobecane and KHS is actually a good all around fork and have found (even on here) that some people actually like it better than the Reba. So that would save me some money buy getting the frame and fork for $385 v. frame for $165 and fork for $311....

    So with the WTB Dual Duty and Shimano Deore XT hubs for $60 from above I think I will add these Continental CST tires for starters at $15/ea. Seems like there are some people that have been impressed with them for a price/performance comparison basis.

    So that gets me to:
    Motobecane Fantom Pro 29er frame with RST M-29 fork and headset - $385
    SRAM X7 Disc Group - $340
    Shimano Deore XT Hubs with WTB Dual Duty Rims - $120
    Continental CST Tires - $30
    Pricepoint 29er Tubes - $4/ea or 5 tubes for $19
    Total so far: $894 and all that is missing is saddle, seat tube, stem, handlebars and grips.
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    Just pointing out an overlooked aspect of building your own bike. Unless you buy all your parts from one place at one time, you're going to pay $10+ shipping like what, 20 times??? $200 for a conservative estimate is a LOT just to get stuff in the mail! Just sayin...

    It might not be as much fun as building your own but the Motobecane Ti Fly Team is a SICK bike for the money and will probably cost you less than building your own "budget" aluminum bike with just so-so components. It will also most likely ride a lot better too I've never ridden Ti but I hear it's dreamy

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...TI_29_2010.htm

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    Didn't really read anything but the OP, so sorry if I repeat something, but that Marzocchi fork is not designed to work with that frame. It's a 140mm fork whereas that frame is built for a max of 100mm. Just make sure you look into compatibility as well when looking for stuff. Just cause it seems like a good deal doesn't necessarily mean your bike is going to ride well.

    Also, are you having a shop build this? Or will you be purchasing all of the tools to build it yourself? Factor all of those costs in before you buy too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesia
    Didn't really read anything but the OP, so sorry if I repeat something, but that Marzocchi fork is not designed to work with that frame. It's a 140mm fork whereas that frame is built for a max of 100mm. Just make sure you look into compatibility as well when looking for stuff. Just cause it seems like a good deal doesn't necessarily mean your bike is going to ride well.

    Also, are you having a shop build this? Or will you be purchasing all of the tools to build it yourself? Factor all of those costs in before you buy too!
    Yeah I did actually catch that hence why I changed to the RST M-29 fork that comes with it from BikeIsland. My brother has a friend that builds all their bikes and apparently is a part-time wrench at one of the local shops. I am building myself a spreadsheet (I know I am a dork) that has everything I need in it, trying to see what the final outcome would be. Again, waiting until the 1st to see what comes out on everyone's sites then will make the decision from there...

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    How do you guys feel about this combo kit (SRAM X.9 29er Build Kit) from PricePoint?? I tried building a similar setup from scratch and ended up being about $40 more with lesser equipment? Shipping is only $20 for everything and then I would be looking at $350 plus tax for the Motobecane frame with M-29 fork from Bike Island (they don't charge shipping). So comparatively I would be looking at my kit ($797.87) v. their kit ($761.21) with shipping and insurance, so my savings would be $35+.

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    have you looked at the spec list on the complete $1000 motobecane? http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...om29pro_SL.htm . Much better parts than anything else in that budget. For the DIY aspect, you can just take everything apart that came attached, and put it back together again .

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    I enjoyed specing and building my last two bikes. They were expensive though. The only thing more expensive would have been:

    1. Buying top of line Spez, Trek, etc ...
    2. Building something I didn't like and not riding it.

    I would never go through the process unless I had a chance to ride the frame/shock combination first.

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    So I think that I have decided to go with the custom build... Felt released it's new site tonight and looking at the specs of the Nine Trail I am not impressed. While I am sure that I could ride it and be happy enough I would be upgrading a lot of things comes next season. With that thought process and talking with my brother it seems that building something myself would 1) be more rewarding, and 2) be a bit more cost effective because there is no guarantee that I would have a large sum of cash to put towards the bike at one time. I will do my best to try and purchase as many items at once as possible to minimize shipping costs and will use coupons/price matching where possible but overall I am liking the build....

    Frame: Unbranded 29er Multi-speed Frameset 4130 Cro-Moly Steel BikeIsland $349.95 1 $0.00 $349.95
    Fork: RST M-29 29er 80mm Air fork BikeIsland 1 $0.00 $0.00
    Stem: Easton EA70 Stem GearScan $15.99 1 $7.44 $23.43
    Headset: Cane Creek S-3 PricePoint $32.98 1 $32.98
    Seatpost: Easton EC70 Carbon Seatpost '08 JensonUSA $49.00 1 $49.00
    Handlebar: Easton Monkeylite XC Riser Bar '08 JensonUSA $68.00 1 $68.00
    Brakes: Avid BB7 Combo Kit (rotors, calipers, levers, cables) BlueSkyCycling $120.98 1 $10.25 $131.23
    Crank: Shimano SLX M600 Crankset w/ Bottom Bracket BlueSkyCycling $129.98 1 $129.98
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano SLX M600 Crankset w/ Bottom Bracket BlueSkyCycling 1 $0.00
    Left Shifter: Sram X.9 Trigger shifter Set 2009 w/ X.9 rear derailleur PricePoint $149.98 1 $10.25 $160.23
    Right Shifter: Sram X.9 Trigger shifter Set 2009 w/ X.9 rear derailleur 1 $0.00
    Cassette: Shimano XT CS-M770 Cassette OEM 11-34T JensonUSA $50.00 1 $5.95 $55.95
    Chain: 1 $0.00
    Front Derailer: Shimano XT M770 Front Derailleur, top swing dual pull JensonUSA $34.98 1 $34.98
    Rear Derailer: Sram X.9 Trigger shifter Set 2009 w/ X.9 rear derailleur PricePoint 1 $0.00
    Wheels/Hubs: Shimano Deore M525 Disc hubs w/ Mavic 317 rims PricePoint $174.98 1 $174.98
    Tires: CST Caballero Amazon $13.00 2 $6.00 $32.00
    Grips: 1 $0.00
    Saddle: 1 $0.00
    Pedals: 1 $0.00
    Tubes: Stan's No Tube Tire Sealant JensonUSA $12.00 1 $12.00
    Bike Stand: Sette ST 7 DLX Foldable workstand PricePoint $89.98 1 $89.98
    $1,344.69

    If there is a better "budget" item for something specific feel free to speak up. First thing probably coming in the next month will be the stand, frame and fork! Will update as soon as I can.

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    Ok I am looking for recommendations on a good saddle, white preferably, within the $50 or so dollar range? I dropped the SLX M600 crankset for the LX FC-M582 for $85 and did a couple other changes here and there to bring the price down.. Wife just told me that she is picking up the tab on the frame/fork for my bday so that will give me some more money to play with initially.!

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    So I ended up picking up one of the last XT M770 cassettes from Jenson on Friday and should have it today. Also, checking local craigslist found a pretty good deal on a handlebar (Race Face XC riser) and XT 771 Front derailleur for $40. Both are slightly used but in good condition. Bike is starting to come together slowly.

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    I really enjoy building my own bikes as well, and find it fun, rewarding, and very worthwhile. As you get further into the sport, your parts bin will start to fill up making each subsequent build cheaper. The last time I bought a complete bike was like 1995!

    My one suggestion would be to take a deeper look into your frame/fork choice. That will be the heart and soul of the bike, and is not easily/inexpensively changed. The frame you have selected is certainly cheap, but I fear you will outgrow it, and I'm sure it's a boat anchor!

    Another option for a project like this is to buy a complete bike and then sell of most of the new parts that you don't want. It's a good way to get a nice frame and fork at a very reasonable price. You do have to lay out the cash beforehand, but if you start selling the parts right away, you can pay the credit card down with the part-selling proceeds.

    Good luck!
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    Have you checked Chainlove? I just saw sets od Avid Elixer 3s going for < $60 ea. Some great deals there.

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    Yeah that I have done some research on the frame and it is the same as the KHS Tuscon. While not the best all around frame it will last me as a good hardtail for a while. As I am just getting into the sport I feel that the frame is the one place that I can make some compromises in regards to weight, geometry. However, I am building up the components so that if I find that I truly enjoy the sport and I am doing it more often then not, I will then upgrade to something like a Turner Sultan or Niner Jet/Rip 9 frame and have a good base of components to start with. I am a research whore by nature/title and have looked into it and began studying about geometries/etc. From the looks of it the frame/fork is a good jumping off point, the frame and fork are a bit heavy but solid with good traction and absorption of the fork. While I would love to spend more money on the frame/fork combination at this point in time, I would rather have a good "part bin" to make my next bike that much better.

    Well just talked with the guy and the X0 set is actually little over 4yrs old so that is out of the question. While it was an good deal for the parts, that is a bit older than I am comfortable with so I will stick with the X9 group from pricepoint.

    UPDATE: Just received my first part from JensonUSA.. was lucky enough to get in on the OEM Shimano XT cassettes they had for $50.
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    My brother was nice enough to pick up the craigslist stuff for me this evening, and ends up he knew the guy. The guy was an wrench from the shop my brother uses so he felt safe getting me the stuff.. At $180 for the 4yr old XO RD and Shifters I may still consider them now knowing they were taken care of properly by a wrench and he gave my bro the same story that he put them on a bike and then ended up not using the bike because he started focusing on a SS/Rigid. He is now selling off all his misc parts because he is going to buy a full, expensive, setup instead of building his own this time. Will have the XT M771 FD and Race Face Evolve XC Low Riser tomorrow!
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    Got my next set of parts today...
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    I am one of the pickiest, perfectionist, and cheap people i know and i will build exactly what i want way before i would buy a built bike and then spend more money making it the way i want it. Take my fuji belt drive 29er for instance, i did not like any of the belt drive bikes out there so i built my own my way. Im just saying know yourself and if you want it your way then build it, if you are cool with a stock off the shelf bike then awesome but know the difference.

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    Question on geometries.....
    So I was looking at the geometry of the Unbranded (Motobecane) frame on BikeIsland and then the Access XCL 9r frame from Performance Bike. I noticed that the head and seattube angles are slightly (like 1 degree) different. I was wondering how much this would play into how the frame rides. Both frames have good reviews, etc. but I was just curious.

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    +1 on what m-t said. i've done nothing but "roll my own" since april of 09, and I'll never go back. i've built 6 bikes for myself, and i've spec'd them the way i want them, and i've done it cheaper than off the shelf for the same spec. i've had to be verrrry patient, and i've made lots of calls, done lots of bargaining, and done lots of looking around. i have 2 29ers, but i've had to build, ride, and sell, 3 others to get what i want. i'm there, and it feels great to have 2 bikes that i've built cheaply and in the way i wanted to.

    when you get it built, if you don't like any part of it (inc the frame), sell it off and get the parts you want. oh, have fun!

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    Well, just stopped by my LBS to talk to the owner about the local trails and found the next piece to the puzzle. Found a stock Giant saddle from one of his bikes for, get this, $10!... So far not doing too bad, Giant saddle $10, Race Face Evolve XC Handlebar $20, Shimano XT FD-M770 (only 30 miles) $20, Shimano XT CS-M770 Cassette $56.. So far only $106 into the bike.. Gonna pull the trigger on a frame this weekend, thinking of the Access XCL 9'r instead of the Motobecane, for $107 (with coupons).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash
    Question on geometries.....
    So I was looking at the geometry of the Unbranded (Motobecane) frame on BikeIsland and then the Access XCL 9r frame from Performance Bike. I noticed that the head and seattube angles are slightly (like 1 degree) different. I was wondering how much this would play into how the frame rides. Both frames have good reviews, etc. but I was just curious.
    I haven't looked at the specs of either frame but in general (and this is probably an over generalization), slacker angles will ride more stable at speed but tend to be less responsive at slower speeds. Steeper angles will be more responsive at low speeds but less stable at higher speeds. Again, this is a gross generalization. There's many other factors to consider like Axel to Crown measurement and offset of your fork, stem length, ETT, and wheelbase. Each of which will effect how the bike handles. It's very difficult to determine how a bike will handle on paper. For example, the last bike I built has parallel 74º head tube and seat tube with a 51mm offset fork. On paper it should be the twitchiest bike you've ever seen but on the trail it's amazing. A bike is a system and as such, everything effects everything else. That's one of the joys of building your own. You won't quite know what you'll end up with until you've built it. Enjoy the process.

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    What did you need explaining on? I have been digging around so I have an idea about a few things (I think).

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    Well my bday is tomorrow so things started a bit early!!!
    Purchased the following today through ebay!!!
    - BB7 caliper set with 6" rotors ($87)
    - Avid Speed Dial 7 levers ($22)
    - Jagwire Ripcord Brake Cable kit ($22)
    - Race Face Ride XC crankset w/ bb ($98)

    Got a few other things I have bids going on so waiting for those to finish tomorrow and Sunday!! Will post pics once I get the stuff.

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    Well first set of parts started showing up today!!!!! God wish I had the frame now!
    Also, put in an order for stem, seatpost, grips, and chain from Cambria and did a price smash on the chain. Everything was authorized today while talking to a tech and got them to throw in a free CBO water bottle with the shipment before it went out.

    Boxes at the door when I got off work!!
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    New Speed Dial 7s
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    Used (but in good shape) X9 trigger shifters!!
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    And a quick mock-up on the bar!!!!!
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    Should be getting my Jagwire Ripcords and X9 derailleur in the next couple days, then the stuff from Cambria should show up probably early next week.
    Didn't realize it but the X9's dont come with shift indicators? Guess I will just have to get used to shifting and knowing where I am.

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    Delivery fairy showed up again today!!!
    Avid BB7 with 6" rotors!
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    Parts fairy again today!!

    So looks like my Cambria order got delayed and will be here monday from the big brown truck. That leaves me to get my derailleur and then I will only be waiting on info from the company that I bought my crankset from...

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    Well the big brown truck showed up today with a batch of stuff from Cambria. Have to say, talking with the Cambria people was awesome!!! Super helpful and ended up finding an old coupon for a free waterbottle that they threw in.

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    Well just about got everything now only have to purchase the big stuff; Frame, Fork, Wheelset..

    Here is the build stats with costs so far...
    Race Face Evolve XC 31.8mm stem - $17.96
    Race Face Evolve XC Seatpost 31.6mm - $29.95
    Race Face Evolve XC Low Rise Handlebar 31.8mm - $20.00
    Avid BB7 calipers with rotors - $78
    Avid Speed Dial 7 levers - $21.95
    Jagwire Ripcord Brake Cable Kit - $21.49
    Race Face Ride XC 175mm crankset with bb - $99.57
    Sram X9 shifter set - $56.94
    Shimano XT CS M770 Cassette - $55.95
    Sram PC-971 Chain - $19.98
    Shimano XT FD-M770 Front Derailleur - $20.00
    Sram X9 Rear Derailleur - $57.99
    Lizard Skinz Moab grips - $8.95
    Giant branded Saddle - $10.71
    Total: $519.44

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    Update?
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    Its still just the push of a button away...
    I am no longer a hardtailkid. 2012 Trek Remedy 9!

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    Decided to return the Race Face Ride crankset. Just didnt feel right about it so I am returning it and going to pick up a Shimano SLX 3x9 crankset.

    Frame, I will probably wait for the Access XCL 9r to come back into stock and then see if I can pick up a Reba Race for cheap off ebay. Probably will try and pick up the fork first then the frame. If I cant find a good frame for cheap then I will get the Moto unbranded.
    Wheels will be something that I will buy when I have the money.

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    Ok so been a while since I updated this thread... I have decided to go with the On-One Inbred 29er frame instead of the Access purely for aesthetic reasons. I will plan to wait until the new revisions to the Inbred are released in the spring and then purchase the frame from there.
    Was actually able to pick up a used XT crank and brand new XT bb from ebay (separately) for a total of $130. Got lucky with the crank as the guy was selling it locally on ebay and was able to meet-up with him and not have to pay shipping. And have lined up an RST M29 fork from a member here to pick up in a few weeks when he gets his new bike! So really, after that I will just need the headset, frame, wheelset, and tires to finish her off.

    In the meantime here is the crank and bb
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    You are a very patient person.

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    The Access is a good frame. I did the opposite of what you are doing and bought the Access 29er when it was on sale for the package of components and now am swapping those out over time to get the ideal set up. The access frame is nice, responsive and stiff. I've moved my components over to a steel frame.
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    Congrats on the project. I built two carbon bikes this year, one for my wife and for myself. The budget was around $1500 each. On top of that I have decided to build my first 29er. I bought a brand new Scott Scale 29er L frame for $500 on ebay. I do feel very sentimental about Scott since my first MTB was a Scott Peak in 1993. The frame was the S...T!!!! It was a chrome molybdenum one. My mom bought it form me when I graduated from the primary school.

    Enjoy your new project!

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    Yeah patience is definitely something that I am learning with this. I really wish I could just put in the order for the last few things and get it done with so I can start playing. I know in the long run though it will be well worth the wait.

    I am really digging the purple frame and here is to hoping for a white frame. We will see though!

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    I like what you are doing! Even though custom builds are more about getting the right parts on the first time rather than buy a complete package and replacing a bunch of stuff later. The DIY portion, and the fact that you are doing it yourself adds sentimental value, and you learn stuff about your bike. I wouldn't have it any other way (except in the parts kit) but it is your money, and you have to buy on your budget, huge props on that even if it does come out a little more than a complete! On-One is a good choice, it shows a bit of custom. Nothing wrong with the Access or the Sette Rizzo, but I have appreciate your bike more than one of those, its custom, its your parts kit, and its yours! You will enjoy the bike a lot more, and be able to be a part of a unique and small community of On-One! Congratz man!
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    Thanks dub.. much appreciated!
    I have learned a lot and have also learned that sometimes waiting that little bit for that better part to come around can make a difference. Believe me I was ready to just dump the money on Felt Nine Trail (and so was my wife) and have everything done with. But luckily I have a brother that has been in the sport for quite some time and has helped guide me. He even is letting me borrow his custom (though too small) Rocky Mountain Element 50 in the meantime since he just build himself a nice, new carbon Titus. By chatting here, reading, and most of all learning, I can make educated decisions on what parts I want and hopefully pick ones that will last a bit longer.

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    Yep, don't forget the product review section! That can be pretty handy as well. Any part you are unsure, google it w/ "review" at the end, someone somewhere has first hand input. I take the opinions for what they are, and take how it would apply to me to determine if its the right product, but I do trial and error myself, but I don't make uneducated purchases.

    Once I finish my next project, I am thinking about doing one of those funky china 29 carbon bikes with a neat paint job..have to see if I can afford it though, but I think it would be fun..but we'll see, bikes I ride 100% of the time come first.
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    Well haven't updated in awhile. Next part should be coming pretty soon. Worked out a deal with a very gracious member here who was nice enough to hold on to a fork for me for the last month off of a purchase he got. So hopefully by the end of this week or mid next week I will have the money to him and have a new 80mm RST M29 fork coming to me!!! Then that leaves the headset, wheelset, frame, and tires. Asked for some tires from the wifey for Christmas but things are a bit tight so the fork may be the only Christmas present I get on the day of (or close there of at least).

    Still debating on whether I want to hold out for the 3rd Gen Inbred frames with swap-outs or just go for a 2nd Gen frame?! Any real benefits to having swap-outs v. horizontal drop-outs?

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    I have a WTB Momentum Headset that I can donate to the cause. It is second-hand by me, but only has 2 30min rides on it while I waited for the Chris King to arrive. I bought it from Chainlove. If you pay the shipping, you can have it for free.
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/controls/hea...22_124crx.aspx

    I actually have a friend that bought a Doner Motobecane Fantom29, and he will be Ebaying the frame and most likely the WTB wheels (gravity FSA hubs) They are stout wheels, but have a heft around 2100g...but he may part those items at a reasonable price..PM me if interested, and what kind of pricepoint you looking at...

    Like I said, the headset is free if you pay for shipping.
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    Hell I will take you up on that!!! I will pm you my address to let me know how much shipping is. Then will you let me know if you have paypal! Thanks Dub!!!

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    Ok so here is a question for everyone. Just realized that the seatpost I had was the wrong size so it had to be returned. What is a good, cheap seatpost in, 27.2mm size? Don't think I necessarily need carbon and had ordered and OE Race Face Evolve XC seatpost and like the adjustability of the angle. Is that something that is really necessary (the angle adjustment) or is that just a "nicety?" Oh and by cheap, I mean no more than like $30-$40 shipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash
    Ok so here is a question for everyone. Just realized that the seatpost I had was the wrong size so it had to be returned. What is a good, cheap seatpost in, 27.2mm size? Don't think I necessarily need carbon and had ordered and OE Race Face Evolve XC seatpost and like the adjustability of the angle. Is that something that is really necessary (the angle adjustment) or is that just a "nicety?" Oh and by cheap, I mean no more than like $30-$40 shipped.
    pm sent

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    PM replied...
    Thanks guys for all the help!

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    Well looks like I will be getting the headset in a day or so and the fork and seatpost will be coming around the New Year.
    Here is to dreaming that Santa shows up with a pretty new Inbred 29er in the 19.5" size for me!!!

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    Sucks, just got done talking with Dub and apparently someone switched the headset in the mail. Ended up getting a BowFishing DVD instead of the headset. I really feel bad for dub because he was trying to do a good deed and got shanked in the end!

    Also, just found out that Santa will be dropping off a Purple 19.5" Inbred 29er frame sometime next week!!! (Wife was trying to order and couldn't figure it out, LOL)
    So that makes the headset, wheelset, and tires the last things before this baby can roll! Will post pics once I get everything.

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