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    Post Pics of your sub-$1000 SS!!

    Lets see some SS bikes that the average budget can afford. The sum of the bike/frame and any upgrades must be less than or equal to $1000. Have fun and let's see them!!

    EDIT: After further consideration, the rules are that what you paid for the bike and the upgrades must total less than or equal to $1000







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    Mine always start out like this... then pretty soon they are $1500... $2000 bikes. My Karate Monkey was probably sub 1k. Then it got an On One carbon fork, Ti stem and post, XTR cranks... Even my commuter came out to about $1k and I tried to do it cheap. Now it's getting a new wheelset and bars...

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    Sub $300

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    I decided to put sub-1000 because then we'd see bikes like the Raleighs, Redlines, Haros etc... I like the univega too!

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    $330!

    Old frame (used to cost a fortune back in the days, but $250 off CL), $30 seat, $50 brakes, plus parts I had in my box. When I change to V, then it becomes a $280 bike

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    here is mine, sub 1000 for a couple weeks till i throw new wheels, brakes, and fork on

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    here is a sub 100 build i would like to finish up this summer. 84 ross Mt. McKinley
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    Lets see some SS bikes that the average budget can afford. The sum of the bike/frame (at retail price) and any upgrades must be less than or equal to $1000. Have fun and let's see them!!








    Are you running the Hayes stroker brakes? I wanted to put a set on my XXIX, just haven't gotten around to it! Gotta love the white calipers...looks so cool!

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    2008 closeout...
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    A little bit of pee just trickled out of my pipi when I saw that.

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    Are you running the Hayes stroker brakes? I wanted to put a set on my XXIX, just haven't gotten around to it! Gotta love the white calipers...looks so cool!
    No, I got a set of take-off Juicy 3's from a friend for $50, and I wasn't liking the BB5's that came on there anyways, the front just didn't have enough power. The 180mm front made a huge difference. My next upgrade is a Origin-8 carbon/white fork and a white saddle (that would put me over $1000 though...)

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    Mine squeaked in for under a grand. It's actually the cheapest bike I own, and the one that gets ridden most.
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    The bike cost $480 shipped, the gary bar, brakes, and salsa stem were $98, and the selle italia flite was $30 on craigslist.

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    Gah peeps, you don't need quote the whole damn post when you do so. It is possible to delete a few pictures.

    I noticed alot of people switch over to threadless forks, why? No love for the vintage threaded stem/fork?

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    $19.95 plus tax for a riser bar. Everything else I had around. It's a 1989 (I think) Diamondback Apex I have had since 1992. The tensioner is an old derailleur cage I cut and bent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polk
    The tensioner is an old derailleur cage I cut and bent.
    Love the DIY tensioner!

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    it's really close to 1000.

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    $650

    Was it a deal? I have no idea. I do know that I love riding this thing.

    I'm new to the 29-er set, and new to the SS thing, too. So far, I think I'm hooked.IMG00017-20090308-1610rs.jpg

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    Here's mine, got the frame (as well as another frame) in a trade for a bike I paid $250 for, spent $320 on wheels. All in all I figure it cost me less than $600 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDummy
    2008 closeout...
    Very sweet lookin, which model is that? I couldn't find it on their 08 site...

    Quote Originally Posted by robcycle
    Love the DIY tensioner!

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    ... and if we just ... Mine-had it a long time,tho

    This 'ol girl squeeks in that budget (since I horse-traded for the Fox ).

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    Heres my raleigh. Paid $769 for the bike new and $21 for the lizard skin grips. This is my first SS and im loving it. I will build my next bike.


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    I like the Raleigh ^^^^ I have the same one, and I think you'd notice a huge difference in rideability and weight if you swapped out the WTB Stouts tires. I took mine off after about 50 miles and put studs in them for winter riding Something that roles good will make a huge difference

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    09 Monocog Flight.

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    ^^^^^ nice bike, how do you like the ignitors?? I was deciding between those and the crossmarks, and went with the crossmarks, but i've heard good things about both.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    I like the Raleigh ^^^^ I have the same one, and I think you'd notice a huge difference in rideability and weight if you swapped out the WTB Stouts tires. I took mine off after about 50 miles and put studs in them for winter riding Something that roles good will make a huge difference
    Yea i was thinking about swapping tires soon for some exiwolfs. But, these stouts wear down so fast that i think ill just run them out and then replace em. Iv had the bike a couple weeks and you can see he knobs on the rear tire worn at a slant from cranking hard on the pavement. What maxxis tire are you running?

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    I rode/raced a total of 31 miles on the Ignitors yesterday. Since they came stock on the bike I didn't even give any thought on how they performed until you brought it up. They actually did really well now that I think about it. Grip and cornering traction was never an issue. That hasn't always been the case in the past with my Crossmarks. I think the Crossmarks do roll faster though.

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    About $100 including new bar, brakes, and chainring. The rest of it either came out of my neighbor's trash or out of my spare parts box. It's about to get a "new" hand-me-down wheelset from my geared bike.

    It ain't pretty but it sure is fun.

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    So the first post states that the sum of the bikes/frames/parts need to be at retail price? But I see that 99% of bikes being listed are at craigslist/swap meet prices. Which is it??

    Mine is waaaaaay under the $1k mark. Stock Monocog.

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    Even at full MSRP I'm way under $1k, that's a $300 Nyala, a fine piece at twice the price
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Diesel
    What maxxis tire are you running?
    I'm running Maxxis Crossmarks. Definitely the best tires I've ridden for the terrain I ride (dry, hardpack, hilly, and sandy Michigan trails). I first rode them at a Cannondale demo day where I rode a Carbon Team Rush (what a rocket!) so that could've swayed my impressions of them a little. They're not the fastest tires I've ridden, but they roll faster and corner better than the Ignitors IMHO

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    This thread has inspired me to rebuild and ss my old...get this...Norco Stubblejumper. 1983 or so!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth
    This thread has inspired me to rebuild and ss my old...get this...Norco Stubblejumper. 1983 or so!

    Nice! just make sure you post pictures of your build (and make sure it's under $1000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    Nice! just make sure you post pictures of your build (and make sure it's under $1000)
    My goal is sub $200.

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    2003 S-Works Stumpjumper

    2003 hardtail frame $300.
    Matrix Carbon fork $100.
    XT disc front hub (had laying around for years), Stan's 355 29" rim, spokes: $80.
    While Industries ENO disc, Shimano feewheel, Sun Sub IV (26") rim (laying around for years), spokes from a junked wheel: $150.
    Shimano Deore crankset/BB: $40.
    Hygia Elite disc brakes (used): $80.
    WCS 110mm stem used: $10.
    Felt carbon/alloy bar" $10.
    KCNC seatpost used: $60.
    Saddle is a WTB Rocket V with the padding torn off (it was ripped!)

    17.5 pounds of rocket on a budget!

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    Nice Specialized, I believe I've seen that bike on the trail before... are you from West Michigan??

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    Yes, From Grand rapids. I'm down here in Greenville, SC this Winter though. No need to feel sorry for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbyker
    2003 hardtail frame $300.


    17.5 pounds of rocket on a budget!
    My friend, that in one HOT bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbyker
    Yes, From Grand rapids. I'm down here in Greenville, SC this Winter though. No need to feel sorry for me
    Yeah, you're not missing anything here, the trails are still really slushy...

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    Just about 1K

    Wife got me the frame for christmas and bought the rest over the past couple of months. Only thing not new is the Hayes brakes...they're a take off from my trail bike. Haven't ridden it yet, still healing from a ACL surgery in January. Can't wait to ride it (that's why there's no pedals...I couldn't resist the temptation if the pedals were on!)
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    [QUOTE=Natedogz]Very sweet lookin, which model is that? I couldn't find it on their 08 site...

    Pine Mountain. Only thing that i can tell different for 2009 is paint color...
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    A little bit of pee just trickled out of my pipi when I saw that.

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    This thing was free. It was left in a building so I got it, sold the original wheels off for 250 and put that back into the bike. It now has a bull bar on the front instead of the straight bar, and yes it sees offroad duty, but mostly on paths and rail trails.
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    26"er
    SGD$100- Original bike
    Upgrades:
    SGD$125- Eggbeater SL
    AUD$200 (closeout)- Redline Flight 180mm BMX cranks with Euro BB
    AUD$40- Profile Racing 36T chainwheel
    AUD$20- KMC K810
    GBP10- On-One 18T cog
    AUD$40- Kalloy seatpost (Yes $$$ through my LBS)
    GBP12?- On-One Inbred saddle
    AUD$20- Ourys
    AUD$59 (marked price)- Roox barends
    AUD$9- 22" flat bar
    AUD$27- high-rise stem
    AUD$20- steerer adaptor
    AUD$45- Avid SD3 V-brakes
    AUD$30?- Avid brake levers
    AUD$100- wheelset
    AUD$15- CST Caballero 2.4" wire front
    AUD$30- Maxxis High Roller eXCeption folding rear

    Total: approx. USD$600
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    700c
    AUD$180- Original bike
    Upgrades:
    AUD$26- Amoeba DH stem
    AUD$20- steerer adaptor
    SGD$45- Nitto Mod.155
    GBP10- Soyo Keirin Grips
    AUD$8.50- Cinelli bar plugs
    USD$30- Soma-Tektro drop levers
    AUD$37- Alligator cables
    USD$49- Avid Shorty cantis
    AUD$68- Roox brake boosters
    SGD$99- Brooks B-17
    AUD$20- KMC K710
    AUD$20- pedals
    Free- Shimano 170mm Altus cranks
    AUD$20- FMF 44T BMX chainring
    AUD$60- Topeak Super Tourist rack
    AUD$160- Alex wheelset
    AUD$20- Shimano BB
    AUD$30?- Specialized All Condition wire tyres
    AUD$30?- Michelin Dynamic wire tyres
    AUD$5- Shimano DX 16T cog

    Total: approx. USD$645.50
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    i love show and tell.

    this is my everything bike:




    here is a project im going to build next week:




    here is my dads roadie:


    and here is a future 3 speed for one of my teachers im going to build for him:



    the first one is way under $1000

    the second one i picked up for about $60 and not going to put alot in it

    the third is about $500

    and the last one i found in a ditch
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris




    I like the one crank look you have goin on there, you musta been pretty desperate to save some weight huh?? good looking bikes though, good job on the budget rides

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    Relatively inexpensive classic:


    Old steel Bonty off CL= $450

    Klein bars off Ebay= $25 (had beat up paint on 'em so I did the strip and polish)

    Rennen= $55

    Chain= $20

    Grips= $10


    Grand total= $560....parking it next to a buch of cookie cutter s/s= priceless.









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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    I like the one crank look you have goin on there, you musta been pretty desperate to save some weight huh?? good looking bikes though, good job on the budget rides
    well it was about 15 pounds WITH gears and all , imagine the weight with one speed
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    Just finished the build today, still need to finish the bar lever setup.
    Soul Cycles Hooligan frame and fork $100 on craigslist.
    Chain $15
    Bars $80
    Levers $50, brakes $50
    Front wheel xt hub and Vuelta rim, handbuilt $20 (shop was closing and owner is a friend)
    Time atac pedals $25 off craigslist
    Saddle, cogs, rear wheel shimano on a mavic rim from bike given to me
    Raceface nextLP crank, free from a friend
    Stem, seatpost, free from bike co op.

    $340 total


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    650b sweetness

    Long live long rides.

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    Just this old blue thing of mine....well under $1000 even with the Excentriker.
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    Just starting out, dusting (and polishing my ol' ball burnished Zaskar. Waay under $1k so far. Will do some dieting to get under 20 lbs, now still at 22 and change.








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    [QUOTE=DirtDummy]
    Quote Originally Posted by Natedogz
    Very sweet lookin, which model is that? I couldn't find it on their 08 site...

    Pine Mountain. Only thing that i can tell different for 2009 is paint color...
    Thanks, found it now! Wow they call that color 'brick'....lot brighter than brick red and I love it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Medic
    650b sweetness
    I like it....LBS got a couple of those in recently....need to test ride one even though I'm a 29er guy. They also got the Mary and Ally SS's....
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    Tip: postion your rear QR so it's facing towards the back when it's closed down. In its position in the pic, you could snag in something and...

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    [QUOTE=Natedogz]
    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDummy

    Thanks, found it now! Wow they call that color 'brick'....lot brighter than brick red and I love it!


    Cool. Not bright a red in-person, more understated; I actually dig it.
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    A little bit of pee just trickled out of my pipi when I saw that.

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    Concorde SS

    I'm into mine for about $35. Converted my old 21 speed to single, changed out the cantis for v brakes, high volume weirwolf lts, and put on some thick and flashy grips. voila!
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    XXIX frame from ebay
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    $200 for the bike (previously owned SS with a DH fork & stem, IRC mythos tires)

    upgrades:
    $30 P2 Fork
    $20 Shimano DX Pedals
    $60 XT Disc Wheelset
    $10 Stem
    $40 New tires (Mibro/FireXC)

    Total: $360. No tax or shipping for everything except the tires. Mostly local sale.


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    Quote Originally Posted by r1Gel
    Tip: postion your rear QR so it's facing towards the back when it's closed down. In its position in the pic, you could snag in something and...

    Meh, I was taught to do it like that by a former Volvo-Cannondale head mechanic, so I figured that's a pretty ok way to do it. The end of the QR is actually farther in than the seat stay and chain stay, so it should be ok. Thanks for the concern though

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    Older Monocog, custom wheels, suspension fork and Titec H-bars. all for under a grand - Well under a grand. The other bike is my son's singlespeed.. Also falls well below a grand. Both are too much fun
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    Here's my rig. For some reason I can't post in the "Post your singlespeed" thread. It's my old Giant frame. I covered the Giant logos with some 3M reflective vinyl. I cut out my own shapes. It's awesome at night, but even during the day, if the light is right, people can see me a few kilometres away. I made a modified Giant logo on the downtube. It actually says Ganit, as in Janet, my buddy Chad's mom's name. It's a running joke, been happening for at least 6 years! Anywho, hope you like it. I want to get rid of the rear tensioner, but would like to keep my 16:32. I wanted to try the Blackspire Stinger. Anyone ever try it?

    Anywho, here's it is:







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    Just over $500

    Mostly pieced together from ebay finds and a few parts out of the garage.
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    $185 Frame and fork in balogna orange.
    $153 Wheelset (Spot hubs Mavic UST rims and new tires) plus Avid BB5 brake set F/R
    $ 25 Thompsen stem.
    $ 35 Shimano Deore crankset.

    From local shops
    $65 Titec H-Bar
    $48 Mavic 29er Rim
    $11 Spokes

    The rest from the garage. I put it together mostly wanting something simple to save on maintenence through the winter wet season. It turned out to be way more fun than I would have believed. Solo night rides with the silence of the SS bike are more than worth the price. I built up a 29er front wheel to try out (it just fit the fork with a 1.95 crossmark) and that worked out well enough to keep as well.
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    just finished my 1x1 build, easily came in under 1G.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Blind Dog
    Older Monocog, custom wheels, suspension fork and Titec H-bars. all for under a grand - Well under a grand. The other bike is my son's singlespeed.. Also falls well below a grand. Both are too much fun
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    Looks like your son is pushing a pretty tall gear!
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    A little bit of pee just trickled out of my pipi when I saw that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbollox
    just finished my 1x1 build, easily came in under 1G.
    Nice bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by VanillaEps View Post
    A little bit of pee just trickled out of my pipi when I saw that.

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    Nashbar SS

    Hey here is my build < $1000.

    Nashbar 853 Frame - $200
    Rock Shox Recon Fork - $350
    Homebrew Chain tensioner - 0$
    Everything else had from previous bike - Priceless
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDummy
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    Looks like your son is pushing a pretty tall gear!
    That looks like gearing for ripping it up on a BMX track....and the pads are a dead giveaway.
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    I have a couple...

    Haha the sum of the first two actually comes out less than $1000. I got the mountain bike from my dad. It's an old trek of his that I converted for my brother for less than $!00 with new fork, tires, stem, bars, grips, brakes, and a stylo off my jabber when I switched it.

    The track bike is a SS (or I guess fixed, but close enough) that I bought from a friend for about $300.

    Finally at the bottom is my Jabber. The original post mentions an average budget... I bought everything on the bike with intern money on a college student budget which just goes to show you, if you're careful/thrifty you can make your money go a long way. Not under $1000 but still do-able.
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    Yeah, it's a BMX mini and I actually dropped the front ring from something much, much larger that was made for the track. He would spin this one out.. perfect for some flatter trails around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spok75
    Anywho, here's it is:
    Nice bike

    How are you liking the Cheng Shin slicks? Those are the 2.0s right?

    I had the 1.5 version of those before, but found they rolled more slowly than my WTB Nanoraptor 2.1s (best commuter tires I've used). One of them eventually ripped near the [wire] bead, so I had to go back [thankfully] to the Nanos.
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbollox
    just finished my 1x1 build, easily came in under 1G.

    Niiiiice...

    'like the look of those DMRs

    What rims are those?
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Second hand frame, and whored parts from my stp. Not finished yet


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    Quote Originally Posted by r1Gel
    Niiiiice...

    'like the look of those DMRs

    What rims are those?
    The rims are WTB Dual Duty laces to Surly hubs w DT spokes.

    I'm the type to de-sticker everything. Prolly wont be long till I remove the Surly Badges.

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    My commuter bike

    This frame was thrown in my yard last year and built this thing up with random parts from that mid 90's era, Only bought 1.5 tires and single speed adaptor for a total of 25 bucks My favorite cheap bike that rides amazingly well. 4130 cromo frame and araya doublewall rims. Even came with the yeti grips!! Great find I say.
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    1998 Trek 7000

    This is my 7000 my wife gave me as a wedding gift in 1998. until the conversion I only replaced the saddle, seat post and pedals(platform when riding to work,spd when on trail).
    Looked at purchasing new bike but just purchased lemond a year ago and just love the look of this frame. So I used employee discounts for crank and bb and went to sun city
    bike shop in Sun Praire for for spacers,cog and chain guide. Grand total wasjust under 120.00 US
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    I'll play

    on-one frame $75
    Front wheel $50
    Rear wheel $80
    Fork free, parts bin
    Stem Free, parts bin
    Brake Free, parts bin
    Seat/seat post free, parts bin
    BB free parts bin
    King HS (both top cups) free parts bin
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    @ r1Gel, I have not even tried them out yet. The weather here was been nothing but soaking wet and I want my maiden voyage to be enjoyable. This is just going to be my urban cruiser. no offroading or mega commuting. My ride to work is less than 10 minutes and I'll be throwing on a rack for beer runs and what-not. Might throw on some fenders on there too

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    I like that Trek, very clean looking

    Keep em coming!!

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    my next SS will be sub $10

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    One day I was bored with it so I went down to work and bought all the parts I needed

    Bar-$25
    Post-$10
    Clamp-$15
    Chain-$12
    Conversion Kit-$20
    Saddle-$65
    Levers-$15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Bob
    I'll play

    on-one frame $75
    Front wheel $50
    Rear wheel $80
    Fork free, parts bin
    Stem Free, parts bin
    Brake Free, parts bin
    Seat/seat post free, parts bin
    BB free parts bin
    King HS (both top cups) free parts bin
    Tomi Cog $30
    Hotness!

    69er and fixed

    Got any more pics?

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    '02 GF mamaba, 300 new in '02, about 300 in parts over the years.



    New build. '05 panic pro frame. frame for a few trades, IRD won in poker game, 260 for fork, 300 for wheelset, 50 or so for tires, rest had laying around. Some tree trimming work for trade for bars and stem.






    I have a '90something DB wildwood rigid in works as a ss/fixed around town grocery getter.

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    Jamis Exile 29er SS

    Here are a couple of pics of my Jamis Exile 29er SS. It clocks in right at a grand for now...

    Here are pics of it before and after a ride about a month ago.

    I picked it up brand new on closeout from a friends bike shop back in January and added the following:

    - EC70 Bar
    - Thomson Stem
    - BB7 Brakes
    - SRAM PC-830 Chain
    - ODI Rogue Grips
    - Shimano SPD Pedals

    I got it for $600 with a Salsa Seat Clamp, King Cage, Surly Cog, and Surly Tugnut installed. The bike delivered with Juicy 3's, but I asked my buddy to pull them because I prefer mechanical brakes. This helped to drop the price a little...

    This is my first SS, and I love it so far. I would love it even more if I wasn't stuck in Japan on business, and could be home riding it....
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    nashbar 853 ss

    Nashbar frame- $115 (used)
    FSA XC300 wheelset- $265
    Salsa Cromoto fork- $80
    Sette stem- $24
    Titec bar- $8
    Sette seat- $20
    Surly cog (22t)- $24
    Spacer set- $24
    Tensioner- $14
    Sram ss chain- $7
    Everything else was off another bike….
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    I got this frame for $40 on craigslist... whole bike is sub 500




    My Unit is sub 1000 for now....


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    this one is a sub-$500 entry (including pedals)








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    Well I dismantled the 84ish StubbleJumper and have decided it's just not worth my time building it into an ss.

    So I'll pick up a Fisher Mullet SS. Hey, that's sub-$1K!

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    Jabber

    Here is my (new to me) Jabberwocky that fits in the Sub $1000 category with a little room for upgrades. Putting it on the trail tomorrow for the first ride.

    Jabberwocky frame with Odis fork
    Race Face Evolve SS
    Surly Tension Bar with Ourys
    Avid Juicy 7
    Cane Creek S8
    Kris Holms
    Rampages
    WTB Rocket V Race
    Shimano 520s

    PS: Before any one comments, I secured the front brake line hose after the pics.




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    Nice! How do you like that Surly bar? I am thinking about picking one up.

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    Some of you will probably think I'm spamming this bike.. I don't give a schit.

    $514 for the bike
    Upgrades: $680 (wheels, cranks, handlbar, brakes)

    Parts Sold (or will sell) off original bike
    Wheels -$120
    Cranks -$30
    brakes -$40
    handlbar -$10

    Total: $994.. whew barely made it.

    edit: Odi lock grips $20..
    Total $1014 over dammit!


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    Ok this one is definitely under $1000

    $350 for the bike (and 2 sets of wheels)

    Upgrades: Brakes, bashguard
    $96

    Total: $446








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    Until Saturday I had never looked in this area of the forum as I tended to just check the weight weenies part.
    I liked the look of the bikes you have built & the passion that came out through in the posts in here. It inspired me to hunt about for spare parts to see if I could make one for myself.
    I had an old steel Marin frame sitting in my parents shed so went & got that, it isn't in it's original colour scheme (it's from approx 1990-93). I can't remember the model but it was when Marin had that dull matt finish to their paint schemes, iirc it was a matt black & grey or silver two tone originally. I had it resprayed BMW pearlescent white around 1996 I think & bought some stickers from that era.
    When I built it I had some LX canti's on but went & bought a set of Avid single digits & Speed Dial 7s as I wasn't impressed with the power, the same shop had the DMR STS tensioner laying about & let me have it as well as doing me a great deal on the brakes. A friend who owed me a favor supplied the rear wheel & also had a DMR single speed cog/spacer set laying about un-used.
    Another shop supplied the 2nd hand crank & the bars/stem I got in a bargain bin, so the total spend was under Ģ50 & although I can't remember how much the Marin cost originally it was bought 2nd hand in pretty bad condition so around Ģ1-200 pounds max.

    I'm going to use it as a commuting/shopping bike although I'm sure I'll give it a go off road at some point, it's running 32/16 with 170mm cranks but I think I want it bit higher geared, maybe I'll try a 34 on the front when I find one.
    Hope you like it I know I had fun out on my first ride yesterday.








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    ^^^^^ Nice bike, I like the pearly white color. If it were my bike, my next upgrade would be matching grips, but that's just me. Cool bike though for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    Lets see some SS bikes that the average budget can afford. The sum of the bike/frame and any upgrades must be less than or equal to $1000. Have fun and let's see them!!

    EDIT: After further consideration, the rules are that what you paid for the bike and the upgrades must total less than or equal to $1000



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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Pattersnap
    The dorm life is the good life.
    haha, I actually have a little track made up going down the hall, around the corner, weaving the ping pong table and the foosball, around the couches and recliner chairs and back down the hall to my room. It's about a .1 mile loop, and I've been getting in a good 10 miles daily lately

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    ^^^^^ Nice bike, I like the pearly white color. If it were my bike, my next upgrade would be matching grips, but that's just me. Cool bike though for sure!
    Thanks!
    Well spotted on the grips, I just couldn't find a matching pair in my spares box. Maybe get a new set next time I'm in town.

    I took it out yesterday after adding the new brakes & getting the chainline perfect, it now rides so smooth with the Continental slicks, the rear hub (no model name Shimano) is completely silent so all you can hear from the bike is the slight tyre buzz.
    The rear wheel is dished too far to one side though so I just need to sort that & it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CupOfJava
    Ok this one is definitely under $1000

    $350 for the bike (and 2 sets of wheels)

    Upgrades: Brakes, bashguard
    $96

    Total: $446
    You can take your bell and mount it under the bar on the right side, and you'll be able to ding it with your thumb, and it won't look as corny too

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    You can take your bell and mount it under the bar on the right side, and you'll be able to ding it with your thumb, and it won't look as corny too
    ah.. good point. Thanks!

    I wish someone would delete the oversized picture in this thread so it will look normal again. grr...

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    '92 GT Karakoram before:



    and after:



    I got the bike with all of the original components for nearly nothing. Unfortunately, most of the components were trashed. Also, it stunk like some hippy's apartment--the old saddle and even the tires smelled like stale incense and the smokable substance that it often accompanies! I trashed the saddle and aired out the tires, and had to strip down most everything else. The only component I was really sorry to see go was the old XT crank that was on there. The hubs and wheels still turn smoothly, and it only took an hour or so of light scrubbing to get the rust off and get them shined up really nice. The paint was also really beat up, so I had to change it (I wasn't sorry to see the dated early 90's "sunburst" color scheme go, anyway). So:

    Bike: $40
    rattle-can paint job (I took my time with it and IMHO it turned out really nice!): $30
    SS conversion kit w/tensioner: $25
    SS chain: $8
    pedals: $10
    Oury grips: $5
    saddle: $10
    front brake: parts bin
    brake levers: parts bin
    crank: parts bin
    handlebar: parts bin
    everything else: original.

    This was supposed to be a "hitch the trailer and pull the kids around town bike," but the conversion turned out so well that I am seriously considering using it on the trails. The only thing I might have to change before then is the headset--I cleaned and lubed the old GT headset that is on there, and it works decently now, but I don't know if I trust it to take any sort of pounding.

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    There was a good year or so when my bike was sub $1000...

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kgGNsRsMscPr9snc3QbxcQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_xNg3zLFkE28/SMJxeYnIGRI/AAAAAAAAFvI/-CTGq0EkMkQ/s400/bike%20001.jpg" /></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle7775

    Bike: $40
    rattle-can paint job (I took my time with it and IMHO it turned out really nice!): $30
    SS conversion kit w/tensioner: $25
    SS chain: $8
    pedals: $10
    Oury grips: $5
    saddle: $10
    front brake: parts bin
    brake levers: parts bin
    crank: parts bin
    handlebar: parts bin
    everything else: original.

    This was supposed to be a "hitch the trailer and pull the kids around town bike," but the conversion turned out so well that I am seriously considering using it on the trails. The only thing I might have to change before then is the headset--I cleaned and lubed the old GT headset that is on there, and it works decently now, but I don't know if I trust it to take any sort of pounding.
    Nice job, and I would totally take that out on the trails just go easy on it for awhile, until you can replace the headset. I like that paint job, it looks real clean and well done
    "I don't believe in brakes, all they do is slow you down"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoloRider
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kgGNsRsMscPr9snc3QbxcQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_xNg3zLFkE28/SMJxeYnIGRI/AAAAAAAAFvI/-CTGq0EkMkQ/s400/bike%20001.jpg" /></a>

    Yeah, mine's creepin up on the $1000 mark too, but I'm not complaining I've always thought Kona's look totally kickass, that's a nice looking bike you got there
    "I don't believe in brakes, all they do is slow you down"

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    Here is mine. '06 unit. It was $600 on ebay, I put a carbon bar from a bike in my garage and did the stan's kit on the tire. Well under $700.


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    Here she is, for the price of that cheesy SS conversion kit. Less than $20.

    Niner Jet 9 RDO, Scalpel 29, XTC 650b, 04 Stumpjumper FSR Pro, Trek Rigid SS - No suspension, no gears....no problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGreen
    Nice job, and I would totally take that out on the trails just go easy on it for awhile, until you can replace the headset. I like that paint job, it looks real clean and well done
    Thanks! It is definitely a lot more fun to ride! It doesn't show in the pic, but there are a few drips on the paint. It dried nice and hard with several applications of clear coat, though, so it should be able to take a beating, which to me is just as important as a completely smooth finish.

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    1996 Stumpjumper

    $325 and counting.

    Bike: $100
    BB: $20
    Grips: $15
    WTB Saddle: $60
    Stem: $40
    Tires: $50
    SS conversion kit: $40
    * V-Brakes: ?
    * Rigid Surly 1x1 Fork: ?
    * Headset: ?
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    sub.......$300.








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    Found exactly a year ago a DB Axis on the waste. But the frame was ok so far (almost killed the frame when getting out the seatpost).


    (click here for bigger pic)

    Invested about... 250 Euros I guess. Picture is 8h old:


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    Itīs great fun. If I think so still in a year, itīll get reapainted. Maybe.

    Greetings from Bonn, Germany.
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    Here's my build, I think I'm sitting right at $200.
    99 GT Avalanche XL frame - free from a local bicycle co-op, Sopo Bicycles
    pedals and seat were also taken from parts bins at Sopo
    Ritchey Comp seatpost
    triple crank off an old POS mtb I've had since middleschool, running on the 38T middle gear
    no-name chain tensioner
    no-name rigid front fork
    S&M BMX cruiser bars
    GT BMX stem
    KMC BMX chain
    Surly 1x1 hub in the back with a 16T and 18T laced to a Bontrager rim
    Shimano XT hub in the front laced to a Ritchey rim
    Avid SD5 brakes and levers
    Forte City tires, 26x1.5

    Its getting a real crank (probably the 180mm 32T FSA V-Drive), Cane Creek S-3 headset, and knobby tires (probably WTB Velociraptors) within the next 2 weeks. I'm debating throwing on some 3" BMX riser bars since the 5" cruiser bars still seem a little too tall.

    This bike has been built from the frame up as a city bomber and has only been on a single trail but thats going to change come summer. Most of the parts were bought new and everything was installed at Sopo, if anyone on here is from Atlanta I highly recommend checking out the shop.

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    95-96 Wildwood. Was my first "real' MTB I bought in 9th grade. Well under 1k. New wheels, around 200. Micro adjust seat post - 10. Bars, stem, bb, levers all from parts box at shop, like 15 and a six pack. Big Cheese chainring and cranks from parts bin - 30. cog and spacers from old cassette laying around, taken apart ghetto style. Need some cantilevers and its good to go. Even if I get it blasted and painted still under a grand. May get a bolt on cog for the rear. Grips and saddle had laying around, as well as tires.





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    Fully operational deathstar niner

    Just about everything came from craigslist or old bikes. Only off the shelf parts were the fork and grips.

    Gary Fisher Rig, SS Rigid


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    I love all the old school SS rides... Cheap, simple, recycled- singlespeeds FTW

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    Here's my Outcast 26. This was an Ebay purchase (read, CHEAP at $299.00) to see if could get into SS'ing, I have! It's not the greatest pic, as it was taken with my cell phone cam. Since this pic was taken, I've upgraded to a SID world cup fork (donated by my Superlight when I upgraded to the Fox), and the bike has fallen off my Yakima hitch rack on I-5 at 80+ mph and survived with minimal damage. It's surprisingly durable!
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    SC Chameleon

    Well I'm in the "Post your singlespeed!" thread, but here it is again. Bought used for $500. Added some SPD's for $50. Replaced rear wheel with Hope SS wheels from CRC for $200.

    Parts Spec:
    Fox F80RLC
    FSA Carbon Cranks
    Easton Stem (MG60?)
    Easton EC70 post
    Race Face bars
    WTB Devo Ti seat
    WTB Weirwolf 2.55 LT
    King/WTB Front wheel, Hope/Sun ELQ21 Rear Wheel
    Magura brakes (disc front, rim rear)

    I'm at $750 but think it may start to creep up a bit. Rear wheel purchase was not necessary. I snapped the original axle and could have just bought a new axle but "tricked" the mrs into letting me buy a new wheel I did tell her I could fix it, though...
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    It's probably right at $1,000. I think 23lbs is pretty good for a 4500 tank





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    no front brake?

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    that is one overpriced trek.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubecontinued
    no front brake?
    No I have no use for it. I ride 90% exercise, 10% enjoyment on sidewalks and paved paths. When I put the rigid fork on I left the brake off because I never used it, it cleans up the bike, and saves weight.


    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek
    that is one overpriced trek.
    Yea thanks dawg

    I bought the bike new for around $600, and over the next year ended up replacing every single possible thing to replace except the rear brake, because it's my bike, I like it, I love modifying things, and finally have it how I want it. So I probably have around $1,000 into it.

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    Love the old school recycled bikes. I also love when people are able to get their chain to run w/o tensioners on vertical dropouts - seems like it's a crapshoot whether you can or not. I think you guys have inspired me to single-speed the old Raleigh frame I have sitting in my shed.

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    ^^^ Thats gotta be a lot of fun around town. How are those tires and are they available in a folding bead? I want to find a better set of slicks than the forte slicks that keep bending tire levers removing them.

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    1993 Giant Yukon

    Just finished her yesterday. Will be my townie bike. The pics are from a phone, so not the best quality.





    I bought the bike new when I was 13 for about $350 and rode it constantly until I was about 16, although mostly on roads. I was young and didn't take the best care of it. About 3 years ago, I got the jones again and started riding it again. After one summer of with the Yukon, I bought a new bike and a nice side affect of my upgraditis with the new bike was free parts for the conversion.

    Easton EA30 handlebar - $10 (old one was rusted under the grips)
    Grips and Brake Levers - $0 (take-offs from new bike)
    Bar-ends - $0 (holdover from original)
    Misfit Psycles Conversion Kit - $35 w/ shipping
    Pedals - $0 (Take-offs from new bike)
    Crank and chainring - $0 (take-off from new bike)
    Shorter Chainring bolts - $4.95
    KMC BMX Chain - $7
    Avid SD5 Brakes - $25.00 for both
    Brake Cables & Housing - $7
    Saddle- $0 (take off from new bike)
    Rear Rack - $22
    TOTAL - $110.95 today plus $350 18 years ago = $460.95

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    In the spirit of recycled bikes and "MAGIC" ratios...I figured I'd post this and hopefully a few of you guys will find it useful...I know I did when I SS-ed my touring bike

    http://www.machinehead-software.co.u...engthcalc.html


    It works pretty damn good...


    -Chris

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    Freshening up a project from 10 years ago.
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    That is frikin cool.

    Building fuguly SS is where it is at. Is that old DB a butted frame?
    The wheel is a extension of the foot

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    Hi from italy....
    here's my Stumpy......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Doom
    Building fuguly SS is where it is at. Is that old DB a butted frame?

    You talking to me? If so, no. Its Hi-Ten

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    I've got a 2nd entry:

    Used Surly 1x1 frame + fork + headset + BB + crank + seatpost collar = $220.

    Everything else came from a 2000 Univega Alpina 700 which just cracked at the head tube.


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    Got the frame cheap ( I think about 20)
    The wheels, bar, stem, seat, post, brakes, levers, tires, pedals were in the bin in the garage
    The fork was 59 and the crank was 89 both off ebay...
    Of course that bike has been replaced by a couple others that don't fit this budget figure :-)

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    My ~600$ SS 69er

    Recently put together and taken for it's first ride, and this bike was more capable than I ever could have imagined, had a blast riding, not as soft coming down as the old full squish but climbed like a champ and was a lot of fun.






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    Quote Originally Posted by jasper9
    Just about everything came from craigslist or old bikes. Only off the shelf parts were the fork and grips.

    Gary Fisher Rig, SS Rigid


    Have you weighed that thing?

    Thanks
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    Slipped little past 1K, like around 1100 or 1200. Since pic has pauls E-Levers, Cardiff saddle, and RaceFace ride XC cranks.

    Ordered some middleburn cranks and chainring this morning, so I can't post it in here anymore after they come.




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    Put together with parts that I had in the garage with a few new parts (drivetrain).
    I got the bike for free, striped it down to the frame & seat post and built her back up in about 4hrs. (took my time). I think the hardest part of the build was getting the chainline correct. I had to bust a cassete apart for some spacers. All in all the build was about $150.00.
    Future plans: Get rid of the tensioner, I almost got the magic gear combo. Right now it is running 32/18 but I think a 34/18 will do it. Anyone else runnig a GT frame with the magic gear?

    Ken

    Just an update: I found the magic gear, turned out to be 34/16 which is what I am running on my Santa Cruz Chameleon. If its too hard for offroad I will just have to try harder! ;-)
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    Telluride Carbon Frame - $100
    FSA Carbon bars and stem - $55
    Seat post and Seat - $50
    3 Different Cogs - $20
    Rock Shox Recon 351 - $250
    Wheels, Tires, Brakes, Cranks, chain, all from a previous cheap bike, $200
    Total under $700


    I still need new cranks though, the multi speed looks tacky on there

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    ^^where did you get that frame for 100?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmadams13
    ^^where did you get that frame for 100?
    Craigslist. I was looking around and found this guy that was selling like 6 of them. They're gone now though, sorry.

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    How does it handle up to SS? I've been tinkering with the idea of a carbon SS rig, but for some reason don't trust it. Do you feel a lot of flex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmadams1
    ...but for some reason don't trust it.
    especially with 120mm fork on it. too much rake.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    1X1 rebuild

    I was riding an origin8 spy frame that was a little too small for me. So this year I got hold of a Surly 1X1 and swapped everything over. It's probubly cheating becasue I got most of the parts when I worked at a shop, but I think it all comes out to around 800.




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    2007 GT Peace!

    Just got it last month for 430 dead presidents at Jensonusa.com. I've only added one thing: a set of sweet retro Real brake levers.

    RB


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    My clunker

    This is my SS build. Doing it on the cheap:

    Old Cro-mo Frame, cro-mo Fork, pvc pipe for spacers, seat post, saddle, bb, ss rear cog, brake levers - $40

    I bought a GT mtb and used it as a parts bike. Bought the bike for $35 (rear wheel bent bad, derailleur hanger broken and derailleur toast, bb trashed) stripped it and sold the frame for $30. So:

    Front wheel, both tires, v-brakes, handlebar, pedals, stem - $5

    New old stock rear wheel (Mavic Oxygen M6) dug out from a dusty corner of the LBS - $30

    Brake pads - $6
    Non ramped Chainring - $15 on sale
    Chain - $12
    Grips - $8
    Bottle cage - $2
    Brake cable - $10 - enough for front and rear
    Headset spacers - $10
    Crankset - Free from someone who replies to an online ad

    So, all told, this bike is costing me: $138

    I put some lights on it and did a couple night rides on some paved paths and so far it seems decent. I'm having some issues with the rear brakes, as soon as thats sorted I'll hit the dirt.

    This is my first real SS MTB, and so far, I love it. Reminds me of my younger days riding BMX
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmadams13
    How does it handle up to SS? I've been tinkering with the idea of a carbon SS rig, but for some reason don't trust it. Do you feel a lot of flex?
    I do feel it flex when I'm hard on the pedals, but I've yet to have a chain slip or jump when climbing. It does make for a relatively light weight bike

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    Not a mountain single speed, but I've got less than $150 bucks in this baby and it's a red light to red light rocket!
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    My new SS

    I sold my new (warranty exchange) geared frame for $1000 and bought a very inexpensive Jamis Exile frame. This is my first SS and wanted to give it a try. The first ride was great and I cant believe how good STEEL really is. So far it great, but do I want to race singlespeed. Not sure yet. Parts and frame are around $700.
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    My new SS. Picked it up used, far below $1000.


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    Here is my SS, before with gears and where I'm at today with still more to come.
    Got it back in the day for I believe around 600 and I know I have less than a grand into it.

    Geared


    Present stage

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by octotat
    Not a mountain single speed, but I've got less than $150 bucks in this baby and it's a red light to red light rocket!
    it looks like it could tear you a new a$$hole!!! Love it!!! great bike!

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