NewB building 1st bike under$300 need advice!
This site is by far the goldmine for information. I'm starting my first ever bike build and trying to stay under $300. I know it's tough but CL will be my site to get parts as well as EBAY. I'll be installing everything myself as I got a LBS tools to use at any time I don't need the lightest part but just getting something that'll work. First item bought is a frame, BMC CX01, link below. List of things I need or will need.
Frame: BMC CX01 56cm $32
Wheels & Tires:
First question, what would be the next item to buy? I'm looking at forks at the moment but unsure of which ones. I believe I need a 1 1/8 diameter fork.
Last edited by Topgun87; 06-14-2013 at 07:58 AM.
First check the head tube diameter, is it tapered or uniform diameter both top and bottom? Then check what kind of headset that frame requires. Then check what bottom bracket you'll need/want. Then check your frame to make sure the bottom bracket shell and head tube don't need to be faced (if it does, make sure whoever does the work is competent). Then have the headset pressed in and bottom bracket cups pressed or threaded in, then I'd worry about the fork and the rest.
That's how I'd do it, but there will be disagreement to follow this post.
Thanks for replying. I will take pictures to make sure if it's Tapered or uniform, im assuming tapered. Also, how would I go about checking what kind of headset that my frame requires?
Basic research on frame should give that info, either from BMC's site or google, maybe even here. As far as the taper, it will be readily visible.
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Headtube: 1 and 1/8th I believe.
Bottom Bracket: 68mm English or BSA.
Rear Axel: 130mm.
Seattube ID: 31.6mm
Any CX fork will be fine, but will need to be cantilever as your rear brakes are only cantilever, I believe.
This was the fork recommended/sold by vendors when it was available.
So if you get something along those lines, you should be quite safe in terms of maintaining the geometry of the bike.
Last edited by c_h_i_n_a_m_a_n; 06-15-2013 at 07:14 AM.
Are there some zeros missing in the OP? $32 for a BMC frame? Is it cracked? $300 for a total build cost? A decent used wheelset costs more than that.
Re: NewB building 1st bike under$300 need advice!
Yeah, I'm trying to figure that one out too.... missing zero or troll or ???
Originally Posted by Cyclo-phile
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Yes 32 is correct sir. Frame was dropped and got paint chipped away. Seller got new frame.
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