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    456 evo 2 / 45650b build help

    Ok I am thinking of picking up either a 456 evo II or the 45650b not really sure if I should go with the 650b wheel size or not.
    I have a about a 1600-1800 budget and will need everything. I wanted suggestions on a build with a 150mm fork and a 1x10 drivetrain. I am completely new to building a bike I always just purchased a complete bike, so thanks in advance for any help or suggestions. Also I am mostly riding single track trails on the east coast of the US.

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    I love building bikes. But, since it is winter and you have got the budget, it seems like you should just get a Fatty.

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    Re: 456 evo 2 / 45650b build help

    With that budget you'll probably wanna stick to the 26" bike. 650b stuff is at a premium right now but they're practically giving away the 26" stuff.

    If it was me Id probably grab one of the 456 x9 completes at $1500. You wont be able to do a ground up build anywhere near that nice unless you find some really great deals or buy used parts

    http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/CBOO456E..._mountain_bike
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    ^buying a complete bike from uk, i'd expect an import duty so add that to the cost.
    I built a 456 back in april for about 1700 with a gravity dropper, hope/flows, slx/zee/ 1x10, reva 120mm .. It takes time to put together a nice budget build, but if you got time (to search and to wait) it can be done.

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    You can definitely search for deals. I picked up my hope/flows wheelset for about $400 from a cycle sports uk or something along those lines. Off the top of my head, Price Point has Race Face Chester crank arms for $70, Art's Cyclery has the 30t Narrow Wide for about $45 using the code "save15" and larger rings starting cheaper.

    The biggest problem I foresee with the 45650build is the premium you'll pay for 27.5 parts.

    With 26er parts getting a little less expensive, you could build up a totally rad 456 EvoII. If you want to save a little more, you could build up a totally rad 45650B.

    Or buy a complete bike lol. Talk to the guys at Planet X to see if they can't hook you up with a bike without importing from the UK.

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    ^^I've got to disagree a little on the hit you'll take building 26 vs 27.5. The frames cost the same, the flow/hope wheelset (for example) is about the same, and I don't see a huge difference in msrp on the different size tires. Getting deals on last years inventory is probably a little harder with 27.5, but I wouldn't say a huge hit

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    Perhaps I exaggerated a little/make generalizations based off of two experiences. 26" Pike (although not applicable to the 456) is $200 cheaper on one site, and I got a killer deal on a 26 fork lol.

    I do think, however, there are more deals to be found on 26 parts. But like you allude to, that's due to the fact that there is more inventory to be moved in 26 compared to 27.5. So while trying to build up on a budget in the near future, it'll be a little easier to do so in the 26 flavor.

    I do like the 44mm headtube on the 45650b though

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    I agree. For a budget build, 26" is still where the deals are. I wouldn't expect to see much discounted 27.5" stuff for a couple years until the "newness" wears off and the market demand builds up. That's kind of how it went for 29ers. If you're willing to pay full freight - probably doesn't matter.
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    26" if you wanna save some coin. i just got a 26' mavic 321 wheelset from the lbs for 225 and a 26" 150mm sektor for 375. the frame was 330, i have x9 dravetrain, bars and stem, and brakes laying around. Excluding the odd bits im still sneaking in the build for under a grand. It should be done this Thursday!

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