After selling a stumpy comp HT some time ago, i've started on the journey toward building my first bike.
I expected the build to be pretty expensive, and it's been a decent learning curve so far.
The priorities of my build include:
1) durability/low maintenance
2) low cost (for a ground up build), i.e. used parts
As a result i'm scavenging through evilbay/rotorburn/gumtree on a daily basis in search for used parts that are in good condition. As for the bike, I envision a rigid 29er; with a potentially spiderless single front ring; and 8,9 or 10 speed in the rear; and a cheap front fork (carbon or metal).
For the drivetrain, I'm not entirely sure how to fit together the different spec of so many pieces including rear hub, chain, cassette, and front ring. Hopefully someone can share a layman's explanation or provide a brief summary on what I should consider when hunting down these components. I live in a relatively flat area, so a med-large front ring would probably be fine.
Forks, well here I keep finding myself looking at the flood of generic carbon forks available. Of these, I am considering these Macmahone's (though I hate that green sh*t at the front), and these Alero (fat/beefy carbon forks. And finally the most generic of all: Super duper ultimate chinese carbon forks. Otherwise, for alloy/chromoly, I'd take anything cheap, setup for disc only. let me know if you know of anything!
Crankset: I'd most like to run a 4 bolt single ring setup, or an altogether spiderless one. Essentially I want clean lines and plain finishes. I saw some brand new, 4 bolt, truvative ones sell for $20 on evilbay, and I'm kicking myself I didn't pick them up. I don't know anything about spiderless, can anyone explain how this works? Can you just put the spiderless chain ring connector thingy on your crank arms and bam, a spiderless ring will attach?
Rear end drive train.. I've got no idea! Cassette + derailleur + rear hub + chain + front ring. All rather daunting at the minute. 8, 9 or 10 speed. Any recommendations?
Wheels: Saw a set of giant 29er wheels sell on evilbay for 56 smacks, but the mofo didn't offer postage and they were interstate. I'm a big heavy lad, and these are potentially going to be the priciest part of the bike. Ideally I'd spend less than 150, but I know this probably won't get me far. Definitely won't spend more than $250. What do I need to consider in the rear hub, to be running gears with horizontal dropouts?
Brakes: My eyes are focussed primarily on BB7's, simply based on their reviews and known reliability. Had avid elixirs on my stumpy, and were horribly loud at any speed - despite new pads, copper paste, and realignment.
Stem/seat/seatpost: here I'm happy to buy pretty haggard gear, and simply spray paint it if need be. I figure so long as these components work, not much can go wrong. Also pretty easy to find very cheap stuff.
So far Ive got:
- On-One inbred 29er (21inch), horizontal dropouts, white. I wish XL frames looked as rad as medium ones.. oh well.
- Handlebars + grips
- FSA Orbit XL II headset
- Crank Deus XC crankset (which is too intense for my purposes, and is for sale if anyone's interested)
If anyone can give me some guidance/recommendations, i'm all ears, simply don't know where to start for half of it.
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