What's the cost percentage (increase) of building a bike yourself as opposed to buying one already built (using the exact same parts)?
No set number. Depends what parts you get, whether you're willing to entertain buying any of them used, raiding your parts bin or another bike you already have, shopping sales, or paying full MSRP. Then factor in whether you already have all the tools you would need, whether you need to pay a shop for certain jobs, and so on.Actually what was wondering was the cost percentage increase in building yourself over buying pre-made.
1.25X, 1.5X, Etc
Edit: I bought a complete full suspension bike last June. 10 months later, the only original parts are the frame, the crankarms, the brakes and the cassette.
I've replaced the bars, stem, grips, the dropper and lever, the saddle, the pedals, the wheels, the tires, the chainring (added 2 teeth), and both the fork and shock.
It's only got the original crankset because I can't find a 165mm SRAM DUB crankset.
I can't find them in stock. I know SRAM makes 165s in several versions- NX/GX/Descendent, etc. Ideally I'd like a 165mm GX DUB. I know Shimano and Canfield make short cranks too, but I have an otherwise full SRAM drivetrain, and dont want to change my BB as well.Re: the crankset....you just can't find one to purchase or can't find a DUB cranckset with 165mm arms in general? I have a Truvativ Descendant Carbon DUB crankset with 170mm arms and it definitely comes in 165mm as well (which I would've bought if they were in stock at the time I needed it).
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Sorry, should've been more specific.Just curious, how does a headset just fail?
Yeah, it's always the lower bearing that needs increased service intervals. Before placing lower bearing on crown, I add a layer of grease between the two, just add another barrier and help prevent/mitigate contaminates from finding their way past the seals. Fortunately, it's not too much of an issue the drop the forks and service a few times a season.