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    building a bike

    Ok, I actually have a few questions. First, I have a local guy who wants to sell an
    '05 Kula frame for 250. It is that easton ultralite, and I'm wondering if that is a good frame material? Also, If I purchased this frame, would I be able to build a decent bike with about 550 dollars? Now of course I know that depends on the component quality, but I'm not too interested in high-end components, 1 because I'm not a good enough rider to where I'd really realize the difference between XT, or XTR for example, and two I'd rather focus on a good frame I can eventually upgrade instead of paying for components I'm really not using to their potential. So, in conclusion, can I build up this bike with decent compenents for about 500 or so dollars? Thanks so much guys please help me out!

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    If your starting off from scratch without any of the bike parts that you'll need then its gonna be pretty hard to build up a bike for $500. If the frame is in good condition then its probably worth around $250, i'd try to get him to come down to around $200. If your planning to build the bike up with all new parts your gonna be spending a whole lot of dough. If you get a $250 frame then a $200 fork your not gonna have much left over for all the other parts you'll need. Keep in mind you need a lot of tools to build up a bike yourself, if you dont have the required tools then its gonna cost you a good bit to have a bike shop build a bike for ya.

    You should just buy a complete bike. You can easily get a good hardtail in the $500-$800 dollar range. If you buy a used frame and it breaks then your screwed, buy something new and you'll get a warranty.

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Stacks/Series_Trophy.html
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/06_durango2.html
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/06_dakar.html
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_id=3050

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    Great words & bike suggestions by InvictaS1 i'll 2nd the Ibex.

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-650-Details.html

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/contact_us.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Great words & bike suggestions by InvictaS1 i'll 2nd the Ibex.
    Of COURSE you'll second the IBEX! *L* Just like I'm gonna nominate the Specialized. HardRock or RockHopper. Check them out. You'll do better than building it up.
    "I don't wanna die without any scars. So come on, let's do it before I lose my nerve" - Tyler Durden (Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk)

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    I agree with msu grad, I love my specialized rockhopper. They are exactly your price range too, ranging from $520 on up depending on which model you get. I have the base model if you are curious.

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    Ya it's amazing how well spec'ed ot the Ibex bikes are, talk about bang for the buck, awsome.

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    I can't argue with dongonfr, cuz the IBEX bikes are really well specced for the money you're spending. The only thing is that it's mail order only, no retail distributors. In my mind, that means you've really gotta know what you're looking for off the bat. If there's any ambiguity about riding style, position, etc., it can be a pain. But all in all, I can't knock them.

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    DP1112, are you from Austin? Is this the frame you're talking about?

    http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/152234765.html

    also see this post and check out it's validity;

    http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/152833956.html

    Ian

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