How much does it cost to build a bike?
So I am looking into buying a second bike for some more xc/am style riding. My other bike is a vp free. So I am thinking of starting with a frame and building one up. If I start with a frame and rear shock, how much will I need to spend to build a decent 30 lb bike.
I realize there are a ton of x factors in my question. I have the tools to put together a bike, but have not done it before, which is one of the reasons I want to do it. Assume that I would be buying the parts online or on sale. Recessions suck.
Thanks for the advice
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As ^^^^ said, too many variables and will also depend on how much prices have changed given the current environment. I would Google the frame and major components to get a rough idea.
Start by picking and naming a frame......people will tell you whats best for it then.....
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Originally Posted by KYMtnBkr
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You could probably build something reasonable around the £1000-1500 mark... but like the above said - Hard to offer any advice without knowing where you're starting from.
One thing that I've learnt when building bikes is that no matter how many times you've done it before, you still end up fiddling about with things like different stems, parts, etc. This can be costly, so make sure you budget for a contingency - there's always ebay to flog the old/new bits as you go. Also, it depends whether you want to build it quickly and then start to replace bits over time (as more cash becomes available)...
If you've never done this before, don't forget to budget for tools. Although you can do many things (like beat a headset in with wood blocks - I know I've done it), you really should consider investing in the proper tools.
Hope these thoughts help.
Fork - $300+
Wheels - $150+ [XT hubs]
Tires - $50+
Shifters - $50+
Brakes - $150+
Cranks - $100+
Pedals - $15+
Seatpost - $30+
Seat - $20+
Derailleurs - $50+
Bar - $20+
Stem - $10+
Grips - $4+
Headset - $15+
Assorted bit and pieces - $20+
Hex Keys - $10+
Hacksaw - $10+
Locking Pliers - $10+
Total - $1000+ of new parts
It's often more cost-effective to buy a used bike, strip everything you can off of it and swap the parts onto the FS you want. A 3-year old Stumpjumper hardtail will have disc brakes, decent shifters and may cost as little as $500. Sell the frame to help offset the cost of the build.
I would say for a decent build you are looking at $1200 - $2000 depending on how hard and patient you shop for deals with $1500 being a good target.
I don't know where you are getting your figures, but according to my calculations it should be $3,728.23
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Rolling your own is satisfying but expensive.
You could pick up last year's model, would be much cheaper than buying the parts separate.
realistically I would double that to $2000 for quality parts.
Originally Posted by pinkrobe
I just updated my old frame and replace almost everything including discounts/ tax and shipping:
XTR/ Mavic wheelset w/ XTR rotors $700
XT crank $290
Fork Pike 454 ut turn. $450
Seat WTB Rocket V Ti $110
Thomson Masterpiece Seat Post $140 ( no discount)
Shimano 424 pedals $60
rear derailuer LX $30
Rear shock Fox DHX 5.0 coil $300
FSA stem $30
tires. tubes, handle bars and grips notwithstanding.
$3728.23 to be exact!
You could buy a closeout 08 with good parts brand new, not have to build and save way more $ than building and buying each part individually. Unless you're really into picking every single part, I'd just buy an entire new 08 bike and save lots of $ on parts.
I finished my Yeti build last month. It came in around $2200. The frame was $1200. Half the fun was scouring the web for great deals. Building from the ground up was a very satisfying experience. I doubt I'll ever buy a complete bike again.
2008 Yeti 575 - size large ano black
Rear shock - Fox RP23
Fork - RS Revelation dual air @ 140
Wheels - Cane Creek Zonos tubeless
Brakes - Formula ORO K24 180 mm front 165 mm rear
Shifters X9 trigger
Derailleurs - X9
Cassette - Sram PG 980
Cranks - Truvativ Stylo 24-34-bash
Bars - Easton Monkey lite carbon w/ODI lock on grips
Headset - Cane Creek S3
Saddle - WTB Pure V
Stem - Sette Edge
Cables - Sram Flak Jacket kevlar
Pedals - Tioga MX Pro Platform Pedals
Tires - Panaracer Rampage 2.35
Last edited by jeffw-13; 03-20-2009 at 08:42 PM.
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XTR wheels,XT cranks, ti seat, Fox DHX coil......LX rear deraileur?!?!
Originally Posted by nagatahawk
I built up a 2005 Stumpjumper FSR to 27.83lbs for ~$2300. The frame and fork were used, but everything else was new. I have the specs listed in my profile - it's a pretty high zoot in my opinion.
Bike to the Bone...
Anywhere from 1,500 to 5,000+
Originally Posted by mtnryder56
I am in the middle of build right now
Curtlo Custom Steel Frame
White Brothers Fluid 135mm 20mm axle Fork
XT derailleurs, chain, cassette and shifters
Avid Code 5 disc brakes 185mm rotors
White Industries M16 rear hub 36
White Industries front hub 20 thru axle
DT Alpine spokes
Salsa Gordo rims 36
WTB Laser V saddle
WTB Weirwolf 29x2.55 tires
Race Face Deus XC riser bar 31.8
Thomson X4 stem 31.8
Thomson 31.6mm seatpost
HSC long cranks w/Race Face chainrings 215mm
White Industries BB
Chris King headset
Price $ 3388.00 rollin out the door.
I will probably switch a couple components but this is the price I was quoted for this setup. I will probably switch out the fork with the Magic 110mm 20mm axle and the bottom bracket with a Phil Woods, the fork should drop the price about $200.
Last edited by bigtymerider; 03-21-2009 at 12:35 PM.
Too many variables.
I gave myself a budget of $2500 6 months ago. 6 months later I am 5k deep.
But I love it!
i gave myself a 1k budget, i finished at nearly 2k. to be honest i wish i would have never done a custom build.
If you're just building from scratch, then like has been mentioned before... way more cost effective to go with a previous year closeout.
If you have a significant amount of parts to work with, it gets into a grey area. but you WILL go over budget, so pad your estimate!
What I do (and would do in your case) is just start saving up until you could buy the lowest end parts. By the time you have the money, the lowest end parts are newer and upgraded because of how quickly MTB technologies advance these days.
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Aywhere from $ 1000 - $ 10000
I built up my Yeti 575 for $1450. I got the frame used for $500, and I also got a Rock Shox Pike used for $300. Here is the rest:
XT RD, FD, Shifter
XTR Crank (re-use)
Mavic 717 rims with XT rear hub (re-use) and Hope Pro 2 front hub
Thomson Seat Post
Race Face bars & stem
Avid BB7 brakes
Yeti seat, & lock-on grips