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    Who else doesn't settle for just stock? And wants custom/unique all the way?

    It kind of hit me the other day..I realized while others go out and buy a stock bike from their bike shop or God forbid..a large retailer and are completely happy with their purchase, I wouldn't be..I read bike and component reviews on mtbr all the time and for example people complain that the seat on a stock bike isn't comfortable so they rate the bike less worthy. It got me thinking, I don't like anything stock, if my saddle isn't comfortable, change it. Sure the manufactures/builders could have put a different seat on there but its not going to work for every one. Now I am rambling. Anyway I was wondering if anyone else out there just doesn't settle for stock and wants a completely unique ride that fits them and is all their own..

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    2010 Moots YBB B6 build from the ground up..
    2008 Masi Soulville SS (made to look like something circa 1910)
    People always ask me where I bought it..he he
    1998 GT Outpost Trail, re-vamped
    20?? B6 Now I have the itch again..

    Oddly my 1998 GT Backwoods (my first mt bike was bone stock..sold)

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    Who else doesn't settle for just stock? And wants custom/unique all the way?

    I have not gone with a full custom frame build yet but my most recent bike, a commuter, was built with a production frame from the ground up.

    I enjoyed the build and the only things I had someone else do for me were the wheels and frame prep. I bought a lot of lower priced components to save a little money and I am still completely satisfied with the bike.

    I will be doing something similar for my next mtb at least. I don't think I will be able to afford a custom built frame just yet.

    I could enjoy a bare stock bike just fine. All my previous bikes started that way. My current mtb is barely recognizable from its stock form, however. A lot of folks think it is newer than 10yrs old. But that was all done gradually as parts wore out or I got an itch to upgrade and found some deal. I don't think I've outright broken anything on it. Just wore things out after a lot of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum Ti View Post
    Anyway I was wondering if anyone else out there just doesn't settle for stock and wants a completely unique ride that fits them and is all their own..
    here here!! though i only own 3 bikes 2 of which were purchased from my LBS and have received some dress up bits however the 3rd steed was a production frame 2012 surly pugsley that i spent 6 months collecting various parts for before the assembly began, the adrenaline, the excitement of this build is a drug you can't buy @ your local pharmacy.

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    I too have not gone the full custom frame but do custom choose everything else. Still a compromise between price and performance though. Build my own wheels, choose my gearing (I still run old school square taper 94/58 mm stuff). Even still running thumb shifters. Yup, my bike's built up as a pure go anywhere, ride anything up and down trail bike.

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    The pride and joy of my teenage years was a frame up Redline pl20. My father decided it would teach me a valuable lesson to buy the frame of the bike i asked for and let me do the rest. Took almost a year to complete. Pops was correct, i appreciated that bike so much more than my friends appreciated theirs.

    Now? You all are ballin harder than i am. This Jan i coughed up 3g for my new bike. Stock as fvck, and while i appreciate the bike and consider it worth every penny... im way to much of a scrooge to change a damn thing on it till it breaks. I suppose if i shat money id have custom builds on multiple bikes, but i aint rollin like that. Nor do i jump on my bike for a ride and think "this bike NEEDS blablabla". I love my bike as is.

    I do appreciate a good custom build pic. Stop telling us how bad ass you bike is and show us some bike porn.
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    The last bike that I bought complete from the LBS got new handlebars before I even rode it.
    After seeing how 99% of wheels on store bought bikes are not for me, I now look at frames for builds. I haven't bought a complete bike in 5 years.
    I like turtles

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    I used to be like that.

    Right now, none of my bikes are full stock but in the future, that is the way I would go. Most bikes I see on the floor are so well equipped that it is a waste of money to start changing parts until they need replacement. Over my decades of riding I've gone from full stock to full custom, including custom frames, back to building up my own bike based on an available frame set and now full stock for my next purchase.

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    Who else doesn't settle for just stock? And wants custom/unique all the way?

    I've bought 1 complete bike ever and ended up changing too much on it. I've always built my bikes from the frame up.
    It's the way to go. Sure it may cost more but being 100% happy with what you have is worth it.

    I blame it on working in bike shops since I was 16.
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    I like to start out stock(mostly) and then customize to re-stoke my passion over time.

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    I have never kept a bike stock. Either bought complete and immediately swapped components or bought frames and built from the ground up.

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    The last 'stock' bike I rode was my 87 Raleigh Technium road bike I commuted on in college. Rode it stock for a few months before going SS, then fixed, then 1x6, then fixed, then giving it away to a friend. Actually swapped the stock saddle out pretty quickly more a more comfortable Selle Italia saddle. Swapped the bartape as well since I didnt like the white tape. Also swapped the pedals for some that would take cages, and the seatpost for a taller one. Come to think of it that bike didnt last stock for more than a few weeks and was my first adult bike.

    Every MTB I've ever had has been built from the frame up trying to get as much bike as I can get for the money I have at the time. I like working on bikes almost as much as riding them and it's a lot better to spec a bike out how you want it rather than how a product manager thinks it should be.

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    Who else doesn't settle for just stock? And wants custom/unique all the way?

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    I've never kept a bike stock either. My 5-Spot was about as close to staying stock as I've owned. I still haven't changed a ton of stuff but little things. Thumbie instead of a front shifter. Granted it was built up the way I wanted it. I didn't turn the wrenches but I choose the bits. My other bikes have pretty much been built frame up.

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    I haven't purchased a complete bike since high school (about 10 years ago now). I always start with a frame and add my own choice of components. I find with a few compromises and some patience, I can come up with a better spec'd bike for less money.

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    The last complete bike I bought was in '03; swapped parts on it in early '04, a few months later the frame failed. Bought bare frames and parts ever since.

    When I am so feeble I can't even hop a curb anymore, I'll buy another stock bike, cuz it'll be nothing but a cruise after that.... I figure when I'm about 75.
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    I think I have always changed parts on my bikes starting with the double crown I had put on my giant AC 2. I was gifted a giant reign 2 and am slowly changing parts. Bars and stem were changed when the shop put it together. Since I have replaced the brakes and rotors, shifters, saddle, pedals, and a bit of other bling like seat post clamp. Still a lot I want to do to it.

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    Any bike over $2000 stays stock for me (except tires, perhaps).

    Color me odd.

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    I have only purchased 3 bikes new from bike shops in my whole life, all my other bikes have been used purchases. But the 3 I did buy complete, only 1 I changed stuff out on. My pugs has seemed to be my project bike I guess, I dunno why I think that one needs changed out. It wasn't uncomfortable(well, except for the stock seat and stem length), the other things I switched out just because I thought they looked better or made it unique. But my other 2 LBS bikes were/are used for commuting/errands so they were understated and I didn't want to sink money into them in case they got stolen or crashed.

    I guess when you rate a complete bike, it is tricky. Comfort is subjective and assembly can make things work well or suck due to the LBS worker. So then you rate on value? Or styling? Or accuracy of geometry?

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    after building around frames for several years, i find myself owning three pretty nice bikes that came to me straight stock since 2010.

    the only things i've changed on these bikes were the saddles, grips and tires. i'll replace other parts as needed--the first thing will probably be a wheelset for my pine mountain.

    i couldn't be happier.
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    Thanks for all the replies, and again there is nothing wrong with stock. However well.. I couldn't resist. Like I said I had that itch again and wanted to try something far left field..so I ended picking up a 2011 Slingshot Ripper frame. The slingshot concept is such an oddity and I also have an draw for tech that doesn't change but is still being used (cough..YBB). I am also very curious once its built up, about the caterpillar like climbing like abilities (if there is any).

    As a side note, my riding buddies weren't too happy with my that I was ahead of them on my re-fer-bed Outpost trail today when they have 29ers.

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    I gotta admit, today's bikes right off the showroom floor are way better than what one used to get stock off the floor. Much better value I think. For trails here (and places I travel to), I certainly don't like the wider bars and like lower gears than what's normally offered stock.

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    I don't think there is anything wrong with a "stock" bike. It's a quicker and cheaper way to get on a new bike today. As parts break, you can replace them.

    This winter, I bought a frame and did my first full-custom build on a hard tail. Not including the frame, I have more money in parts on that bike as my "stock" full suspension bike when I purchased it new 2 years ago.
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    In the 16 or 17 years I have been riding I have never purchased a complete bike and rode it. Maybe I am ocd, but I have always started with a frame and built it up. Hell, some of them I have sand blasted and repainted.

    Yes I know I have a problem. . .

    This was a year or so ago, None of the bike is the picture have the same build today. . .


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    I've never enjoyed a so called stock bike without slowly changing it to fit. In fact I'll never purchase any complete bike again. Unless you absolutely need the latest big name frame, this strategy ends up yielding a crappy "deal" in the long run. With lots of mechanical experience, stubborn frugality and enough time to build up exactly what fits, buying a nice enough frame loaded down with logo intensive schwag seems impulsive at best. If lots more of us weren't doing this brick and mortar sales oriented dealers would be increasing market share in the bike biz. Sad, but the numbers don't lie. That model was based on the auto industry and it's obsolete due to online availability and near instant shipping. As further consolidation allows distributors to direct sell product this will cease to be an issue as everything will be custom and the idea of "stock" will fade. People are waking up to the concept of branding manipulation and it's only a matter of time.

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    I prefer to do a ground up build, but I have always wanted to do a custom frame. Cost has kept me from doing that...and the need for my son's college fund. lol
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