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How tricky is it to put together your own bike? I've been looking for a 5 spot, but don't want to drop a bundle all at once, so I was thinking of using the parts, except fork, off my 2001 hardtail Komodo and slowly upgrading. Seems like there are a lot of great deals on the internet out there for 1 yr old stuff. The only tricky part seems to be the headset and bottom beacket, and thats only because I haven't taken a bike apart in over 20 years. Also, anyone know of any deals on Turners, like a free fork or store credit deal, something like that? Thanks, I'll post on the Turner board also.
 

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headsets are cheap, unless you have a chris king don't bother. BB's may or may not fit across onto a new bike, check on that. front derailleurs also may not fit, check on that.

if you find a turner / free fork deal, please let me know, i'll buy 2.
 

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It's not that tricky to build one. I can disassemble mine in less than an hour, no problem. If you buy from a lbs like Larry at MHC or Chad at Red Barn, etc., they can install a headset for you (I have evne shipped mine to Larry for him to install or get a local shopd to do it). BBs are a piece of cake, especially the X-Types. Only a few tools are needed. I even thought about getting a headset press. I do have the headset cup remover tool from Park.
 

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It's not hard at all. I was able to put together my hardtail mistake free using only the search function for this forum, the Park tool website, and my copy of Zinn's Mountain Bike Maintanence. I even built my own headset installation tool using some instructions I found here. I already had cable cutters, zip ties, grease, oil, cables and housing (w/ caps) from maintaining my fs, so the only tools I needed were for the bottom bracket. You may want to call Turner, but considering their reputation I imagine the headtube, disc tabs, and bottom bracket will arrive faced and chased (i think those are the terms), so you may only have to visit the LBS for starnut and crown race installation on your fork. If you decide to do it, my advice is to take your time, measure twice, and do everything as slow and methodically as possible.

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You might find a fork.headset combo deal. When I bought my '05 Vanilla RLC, it came with a King headset. I think either enson or Price Point are offering a Cane Creek headset now. Or, check the classifieds for a good used fork. Just make sure the steerer tube is long enough. Thankfully, most Turners have a fairly short head tube.
 

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You can do it and we can help. :D I recently built a hardtail including headset, starnut and crown race installation. You may need some special tools for the bb, but I installed the starnut and crown race with a screw driver and patience. Just take your time and use common sense.
 

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SF Jakey said:
How tricky is it to put together your own bike? I've been looking for a 5 spot, but don't want to drop a bundle all at once, so I was thinking of using the parts, except fork, off my 2001 hardtail Komodo and slowly upgrading. Seems like there are a lot of great deals on the internet out there for 1 yr old stuff. The only tricky part seems to be the headset and bottom beacket, and thats only because I haven't taken a bike apart in over 20 years. Also, anyone know of any deals on Turners, like a free fork or store credit deal, something like that? Thanks, I'll post on the Turner board also.
I've been building up from the frame for years; it's no big deal and VERY satisfying to configure your ride EXACTLY the way you want it. After you discover how easy it is, you'll smile at others who settle for compromise packages from the manufacturers or pay BIG bucks to have others build their dream bikes for them. You're right about internet deals -- especially last year's stuff -- that's the way to go! Plus, if it's the not the very latest widget, chances are there are lots of credible reviews accumulated here at MTBR, so you can make informed choices and not be a victim of so much marketting. For the things you might not want to purchase specialized tools for -- since you'll use 'em so rarely (like a widget to knock in a star nut or press a headset race 'correctly') -- it's usually not too hard to butter up the boys at the LBS and get 'em to do it for next to nothing, or nothing at all (if you're a really good talker. Just walk in with your frame and headset in hand, looking stupid, and if you're holding something really SWEET like that Turner, usually they'll wrestle it away from to keep you from hurting anything! ;-). The only thing I would CAUTION you about is 'new frame-itis' which can lead to 'all-new-widgets-itis' -- and that can be $$$ real quick! That's always the way it is with custom stuff if you're not shrewd and disciplined about it. And don't forget to check eBay periodically for some trick frame someone ordered but decided not to build because -- hell -- now the wife wants a divorce! ;-)

Oh, yeah. Just go out and buy the right King headset ONCE, then forget about headsets. It might seem pricey, but in the long run it's the cheapest headset you'll ever buy.
 

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BB's may or may not fit across onto a new bike, check on that. front derailleurs also may not fit, check on that.
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Check down tube size while you're at it, you might need to get a new seat post. I wouldn't bother installing your old BB, unlesss it doesn't have many miles on t. A new one isn't that expensive and they do wear out.
 

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As others have said, you can do yourself no problem. I had no interest in doing my own builds, but consistantly poor quality work by shops pushed me into doing it. Follow the above advice about reading the park site and the book, follow the directions and ask questions if you have them. It isn't hard, and if you take your time there is a 99% chance your first build will be better than any build a shop would do.
 
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