DIY build - frame & forks

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BigColUK
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DIY build - frame & forks

Postby BigColUK » Sun Dec 30, 2012 21:15 pm

Hi

I have tried to repair/maintain my bike this on several occasions this year but have learned the very expensive lesson that I shouldn't try and do something which I haven't done before on my [rather expensive] pride & joy. The costs to fix the damage caused by my ignorance has far outweighed getting my lbs to do all the work :oops: .

So....I've decided to build my own HT bike from scratch. My intention is to use the how-to guides in mags, YouTube and if necessary, some 1-2-1 sessions with a qualified mechanic. This will hopefully give me a good insight into how different parts of a bike fit together without risking my main steed.

My plan is to add bits to the bike over time (and pay days, birthday, etc) sourced from classified ads, auction sites, etc.

To get me started, I would really welcome some advice on which frame & forks to look out for. I would like to build something a bit different and while I want to keep the cost as low as possible, I would be willing to spend a little more of the frame so that it doesn't limit me later on down the line. I'm looking for a large frame for trail riding, XC, etc so I am hoping that there will be plenty of second hand ones around. Ideally, I would something which doesn't look too dull - I've always liked the "personality" of the bright coloured Santa Cruz frames.

With the forks, I am looking for something with around 120-140mm travel and are not too complicated to strip down and rebuild.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Col.

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Re: DIY build - frame & forks

Postby supersonic » Sun Dec 30, 2012 21:25 pm

Need a rough idea of budget really. Frame size will depend on the geometry.

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Re: DIY build - frame & forks

Postby MTBUK » Sun Dec 30, 2012 21:34 pm

Ragley, Cotic, on-one .. all make good frames
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Re: DIY build - frame & forks

Postby The Rookie » Sun Dec 30, 2012 22:02 pm

Most mid range forks are pretty similar in the strip and rebuild department, I've done Manitous (Skareb, Black, Sliver and Axel - some were modified as well), Suntour (XC and Raidon) and Rockshox (Recon XC (travel increased from 100-130mm) and they were all much of a muchness.

I'm assuming you don't want to spend much...most the midrange bikes have frames just as worthy of a good build as those from more expensive bikes, my carrera (link in sig) has just gone sub 11Kg in my Christmas (present) rebuild.

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Re: DIY build - frame & forks

Postby BigColUK » Sun Dec 30, 2012 22:56 pm

Thanks! Budget wise I'm thinking 300-400 for the frame and maybe a couple of hundred for the forks.

While my MTB skills and fitness are getting better, I am still a novice when it comes to understanding what the different geometries mean to the ride. I'm 6'3 with fairly long legs and find my Spesh Stumpjumper fsr Large frame to be about right (although I have reduced the stem to 70mm). I had a XL Stumpy HT for a while and found that it was quite a stretch to the bars so didn't feel comfortable on it.

I'm just wondering if it would be more cost effective to by a used complete bike and just strip it down & rebuild it? By the time I buy wheels, drivetrain, brakes, etc, the cost will be four figures which would go quite far in the used market.

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Re: DIY build - frame & forks

Postby supersonic » Sun Dec 30, 2012 23:05 pm

That budget would buy a new OnOne 456 carbon frame and a pair of Rockshox Revelations.

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Re: DIY build - frame & forks

Postby Greer_ » Sun Dec 30, 2012 23:22 pm

Or an OnOne Whippet and some Reba's :wink: Depending on whether you'd prefer a long travel hardtail or not.

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Re: DIY build - frame & forks

Postby BigColUK » Wed Jan 02, 2013 21:07 pm

Thanks all. Looks like a go for the onone frame. Just need to decide on travel.


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