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    Best Option In Building A MTB As Per $ Saved...

    I'm planning on purchasing a high end bike with all the best components I can find. When a LBS builds the bike, do they purchase the parts for a considerable discount, and besides what you are paying for the work hours put into the build, are the prices of the parts also jacked up?

    For instance if I can purchase a Chris King Titanium NoThead Headset for $259.00, will the bike shop charge me this price, or purchase the parts for a lot less, and hit me for even more? I see rather large price fluctuations in parts, depending from whom the parts are purchased.. The prices here in Europe are a lot higher than in the states, even for products manufactured in Europe.

    Should I just hunt down the best deals, and on a spread sheet let the LBS know what I can get the part for and for how much, and pay retail?

    Thanks!

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    From my experience, a good high-end bike builder will get items at cost and mark them up less than if you were to pay cost and then shipping on top of it. I had a build all spec'd out, called Chad at Red Barn and he beat it (without me even going thru what I had spec'd).
    I think they take less of a mark up on parts since they are doing the volume thing on an entire bike.

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    Great... Thanks for the input, CZ!

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    yeah, your lbs will probably cut you a break if you buy a whole bike worth of loose parts from them, especially if you have them put it together.

    The catch is, most LBSs don't do the kinds of volume that some mail/internet order houses do (so they pay less wholesale), so even with the discount you may not be getting the best prices.

    When I built up my last bike I watched for sales and good prices on the parts I wanted for nearly a year. This requires a lot more patients than most people can muster, but the only parts I paid move than about 60% retail where the frame and saddle, many parts I paid a lot less, and it's exactly what I wanted.

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    I remember my LBS speaking to me about building up a bike with all XTR stuff. He said buying the group as a whole (back when they didn't have the stupid integrated brake/shifter combo) that it would cost me a LOT less. As well, he said to look into buying a bike that had similar parts to what I wanted and he would part it out for me cheap.

    Not sure how this would work out compared to eBay / intarweb / etc pricing, but an idea. I know he managed to scoop an older Norco bike for a customer but the bike was packed solid with XTR. Apparently the guy saved 50% of the bike's cost (he moved all the Norco bits he wanted onto his frame) compared to the CHEAPEST he could find it anywhere else (online incl.).

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    my LBS takes 20% off the list price of all parts if building through them. Just ask....worse case is they say no.
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    Find everything that you want and get the best price possible. Add it up and use it for a reference. A couple of hours of work will give you a good baseline when you go to the LBS. There are lots of sales on 2007 stuff to make way for the 2008 parts.

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    I just got a 2007 Yeti ASR-SLC from Full Cycles and got over 30% off everything including all my upgrades. Saved well over 1k.

    I may have been able to find a used one for that. but certainly not built one myself.

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