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  1. #1
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    Advice on first time bike build

    I am new at this and wanted to get some advice from you seasonned vets. I want to build my first DH/FR bike and want your guys recommendations on frames. I want to keep it fairly cheap and the only frame I have looked at so far is the Kona Stinky. All advice welcome.


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    Welcome to the world of custom bike builds!
    It will always be less expensive to buy a complete bike than build one from all new parts. The economy of scale rules cannot be beat. I've tried.

    We'd need more info about the type of riding you'll be doing to make solid suggestions. Right now all we know is you want it on the cheap which would include frames like:

    Azonic B52: Horst link design without the insane Specialized markup

    KHS Lucky 7: Same frame as the Azonic with red paint. Very positive reviews.

    Iron Horse Sunday: Closeout deal at Randall Scott. IH is losing the DW link design next year, so now is a good time to buy.

    If you're not dead set on a custom build and want to save a TON of cash. Get the complete Iron Horse Yakuza Kumicho from Randall Scott. For $1500, you get a complete bike for what you would spend on a fork and wheels. Research this and the older Yakuza Kumicho Type R and you'll find they're pretty well respected.

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    im with k1 on this one. buy a complete bike used or new and replace/upgrade parts as they break. i got a screaming deal on a new 06 bighit1 and killed the brakes and the wheels are on there way out.

    however, if money is no issue, look at the sexxxy dh/fr thread and take notes

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    Here is a link on this very topic (including the Stinky) from yesterday. There is some good info in it.

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