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    Cost to build up an SS Jabberwocky from scratch.

    After a fair amount of research and forum trolling I think I've decided a Jabberwocky is the bike I want to build up for a 29er SS. I have a 26er SS that I love, but it's time to get a big wheel bike.

    It looks like there are a few of you who have built these up, I was wondering roughly how much it cost you. I know there are scores of ways to spec them, but give me an idea of what you did; all Chris King/Phil Wood/White Industries... or the Nashbar Clearance department? It seems the frames are running about $480, or $625 w/ ODIS fork. Help a brother out and let me know how much I should try to save!

    PS: Are there any shops that sell complete J'wockys? Oh, and what's your height and frame size?

    TIA
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    Price point has a SS 29er kit for about $600, that'd get you started.
    But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see

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    I still have cheap wheels on my 18" Jabber but the build so far is as follows;

    Groovy Luv Bars $90
    Ck headset $110
    Thomson Stem $90
    Thomson Post $90
    Salsa Clamp $20
    WI ENO cranks/bb $300
    Avid BB7's $125
    Frame/Fork $600 (trails-edge, great shop with free shipping on frames)
    Tires $75
    Pedals and Cheap Seat $100

    That's $1600 because I had the wheelset, add another $800 for a CK/Flow wheelset.

    A lot more than I thought I would spend but after buying a Redline MC and riding it for just a month I knew I had to start my dream build! $800 more and it's a done deal. Well, unless I decide to go squishy on the front.
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    Word up. That pricepoint deal is tight. Is that always availible? Not necessarily at that price, but available at all?
    Little Shred Riding Hood

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    Quote Originally Posted by derockus
    Word up. That pricepoint deal is tight. Is that always availible? Not necessarily at that price, but available at all?
    It's been there for a while

    I found Jenson's build kits last night, and you can do substitutions with them. The weak point is going to be heavy wheels - but BWW has XT hubbed wheels on sale for about $180.
    But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see

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    Cool.

    I'd like to buy all this stuff now. I've been drooling for a new bike but I got all injured a month ago and I'm waiting for all the bills to come in... I'm gonna spend way more on this stupid leg than I would on a new ride even! I got a nice thread about it in the Rider Down section if you're interested in seeing my bloody leg.
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    Frame: Vassago Jabberwocky 16”(small) $508.72
    Fork: Vassago ODIS $151.87
    Wheelset: Stan’s ZTR Flow 29” rims/Hope II Pro Disc 32H 20 mm 110 mm spacing front hub/White Industries ENO Disc 135 mm 32H rear hub/12 mm alloy nipples/ DT Revolution spokes/Stan’s yellow tape and removable valves $560.40 (Originally ordered wheelset from NoTubes.com for $786.80. Luckily the forum let me know I was being ripped off so I cancelled the order.)
    Tires: Stan’s The Raven 29er $109.90
    Headset: Cane Creek SOLOS 1-1/8” $86
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN-54 (68mm x 113 mm) $19.99
    Cranks: White Industries ENO 180mm $169.99
    Chainring: White Industries ENO 32t $47.99
    Brakes: 2009 Avid BB7 160 mm front/rear $89.98
    Brake Levers: Avid Speed Dial $24.99
    Handlebar: Salsa Pro Moto Flat Bar 710 mm x 17 deg sweep x 31.8 mm clamp $50.93
    Grips: ESI Racer’s Edge Silicon $19.40
    Stem: Bontrager Select 120 mm/31.8 mm clamp/7 deg rise $16.49
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite 27.2 mm/410 mm $86.58
    Saddle: WTB Rocket V SLT Ti rails $105
    Seat Clamp: Salsa LipLock 30.0 mm $18.10
    Chain: KMC KOOL Chain K-810 3/32” $26.99
    Freewheels: Shimano MX 3x32” 16t $14.95 & ACS CLAWS 19t $14.95
    Front Hub Adapter: Hope Pro II through axle to quick release conversion end caps $63.06
    Skewer: Salsa Quick Release $32.14
    Crank Bolts: Bontrager $6.50
    Cables/Housing: Shimano XTR Brake Cable Kit $22.02
    Tensioner Bolts: Vassago JabberNutz $23.31
    Headset Installation: $45

    Total: $2,315.25*

    All prices include applicable tax/shipping/labor. Total does not reflect the money I had to invest in the necessary tools to put the bike together, nor the miscellaneous items like grease, Stan's tire sealant, spare master link 'cause I installed the original wrong and it snapped, etc. etc. This was my first bike build, first 29er, first rigid, first SS. Quite a learning experience but I love my bike. I'll be doing a full write up on it later.
    Main Ride: Vassago Jabberwocky w/ODIS rigid fork. Rigid, SS, 29er.
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    Awesome, sounds like a nice build! I've been slowly collecting tools doing little bits of bike building. I think the only thing I think I'm really missing is a BB wrench... and I'm not trying to build a wheelset yet.

    All: What're your body dimensions? Crotch-to-floor, and height would probably be enough to get an idea of what frame size I'd need. If anyone lives in FL, rides a J'wocky, and wants to meet up sometime to let me test their bike I think a cold beer could be purchased in your honor!
    Little Shred Riding Hood

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    Quote Originally Posted by derockus
    Awesome, sounds like a nice build! I've been slowly collecting tools doing little bits of bike building. I think the only thing I think I'm really missing is a BB wrench... and I'm not trying to build a wheelset yet.

    All: What're your body dimensions? Crotch-to-floor, and height would probably be enough to get an idea of what frame size I'd need. If anyone lives in FL, rides a J'wocky, and wants to meet up sometime to let me test their bike I think a cold beer could be purchased in your honor!
    I'm 5'8", 164 lbs with a 32" inseam (I think? That's what pant size I wear and they are slighty baggy) and I ride a 16" frame. I tend to favor slightly smaller frames but I'm running a 120 mm stem and have my seat sitting back on the seatpost and it feels great to me... then again, I tend to adapt to bikes pretty well without too much attention paid to fit.
    Last edited by CollegeCatholic; 08-19-2009 at 12:22 PM.
    Main Ride: Vassago Jabberwocky w/ODIS rigid fork. Rigid, SS, 29er.
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    My build cost about $2400. I know you can get the frame and fork for chaper than 600+. I got mine from Addictive Cycles for about 530. I know Cody also has a built Jabber that he was looking to sell 1K to 1500. It is a Vassago frame and fork with a KHS Solo One build kit I believe.

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    Great thread. Lots of good information.

    I too am planning to build a Jabber from scratch (first bike build). But this thread is great to get a base line list together and modify if need be.

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    If any of you have any questions about or ambition to build a singlespeed Jabber, you need to talk to Cody or Hodge at Addictive Cycles.

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    I had Trails Edge build mine.....didn't go cheap, didn't go expensive. Saved some $$ by purchasing a new Reba Race 29er fork from a friend.. Entire ride, out the door, was about $1900.00. Stuck mainly w/ Truvative parts, i.e. cranks, headset, handlebars. WTB exiwolf tires, WTB wheels.

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    Just as a warning, the JabberNutz aren't worth the metal they're made out of. Mine were bent beyond repair shortly after first installing them. Waste of money so now I just center my tire in the rear triangle and that seems to get the job done but makes tensioning more annoying.
    Main Ride: Vassago Jabberwocky w/ODIS rigid fork. Rigid, SS, 29er.
    "Be not afraid." -Pope John Paul II

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    I would agree if you are talking about the original frame bolts. But the Jabbernutz have worked wuite well for me.

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    Yeah, thanks for all the great info guys. I also appreciate the PM offers to buy bikes. A little inside deal never hurts.
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    So didja get one??

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    you're looking about 2-3k for a solid build of carbon fiber and ENO...

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    New Bone White Jabber...

    I'm building up a new one right now. I've got about $2350 in it... My ebay account has smoke rolling off it! I found some great deals on parts through this site as well...
    Last edited by Injun Joe; 08-28-2009 at 06:58 PM.
    One is enough...

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    I got mine all put together for under $1,200. My wheels aren't the greatest but they'll work for now. Ebay and Craigslist for the most part.

    Jabberwocky Frame $270
    ODIS Fork $140
    Bontrager wheels, rotors, QR’s and cog $130
    08 Avid Juicy 7 brake set $165.80
    Oury grips $13
    WTB Pure V saddle $23.96
    KMC Z610HX Drop Buster Chain 112L ”X3/32” $17.61
    Cane Creek S3 1 1/8” Headset $35.42
    Truvatic XR seat post 27.2mm 350mm and Azonic WF bars $44.59
    Felt BMX Backpedals 9/16” $24
    29” Presta Valve Tubes $15
    Shimano XT Crankset M770, XTR BB, Surly Sproket $200.50
    Salsa Lip Lock 30.0mm $24.50
    Kenda Karma Tires 29 X 2.2 $43

    Total $1147.38

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    Quote Originally Posted by CollegeCatholic
    Just as a warning, the JabberNutz aren't worth the metal they're made out of. Mine were bent beyond repair shortly after first installing them. Waste of money so now I just center my tire in the rear triangle and that seems to get the job done but makes tensioning more annoying.
    Agreed- Jabbernutz are the weak link on the bike. Grade 8 replacements from hardware store are in my future.
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    where did you get the frame/fork for that price?

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    Too much! but, I am obsessed and tired of Jabbering on and on about it. Ordered and Waiting:

    Frame: Jabberwocky Black
    Fork: ODIS Black
    Wheels: Chris King/Stans ZTR Flow
    Tires: Nevegal 2.2s
    Cranks/Bottom Bracket: Race Face
    Chain Ring: RaceFace 32
    Chain: SRAM
    Cog: Surly 20
    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Thompson 90mm
    Handlebars: Syntace Vector 318
    Grips: ESI
    Seatpost: thompson
    Seatpost Clamp: Salsa
    Seat: Specialized Phenom
    Last edited by gjenkins@; 11-05-2009 at 06:27 AM.

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    My Build

    Bought my frame the other day from a local shop I like.
    Now it is time to get this machine rolling. Giving some thoughts to build kits but am all over the road map at this point. Would like to hear opinions on what forks will work best with this frame.
    Last edited by damon09; 11-06-2009 at 08:01 AM.

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