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I found a sweet handmade 29er hardtail 1x10 frame for $1000. Nothing fancy needed, but what would be a ball park figure needed to complete a build of this type? Let's assume the build is from new parts.
 

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For parts that would go along with a $,1000 frame:

Fork - > $400
Wheels - > $300
cranks - > $100
Shifters - > $50
Derailleur - > $50
Brakes - > $120 including levers, much more if you want hydros
Handlebar - > $40
Stem - >$30
Grips - > $10
Saddle - > $40
Seatpost - > $40
Tires and tubes - > $100
Pedals - > $40
Cassette - > $35
Chain - > $15
Cable Housing (for shifters) - > $10. . . . . . .

I'm going to say it would be tough to do it for less than $1,500 plus shipping costs.
 

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takizawa said:
I found a sweet handmade 29er hardtail 1x10 frame for $1000. Nothing fancy needed, but what would be a ball park figure needed to complete a build of this type? Let's assume the build is from new parts.
What makes the frame "1x10"? Does it already have a drivetrain?
 

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You can find 29er build kits on sites like price point or Jensons for less than a grand.
But of course it all depends on what kind of parts you want, I just some platform pedals going for $235! Wheels sets for over 1500 a pair and so on.
 

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What is so appealing about a custom made bike for your first? Are you an avid rider and have multiple other bikes that would allow you to determine what is best for you? Normally people that build custom bikes have a specific geometry numbers in mind because the bike will be purpose built.

If you want to spend that kind of money on a custom frame then by all means, go for it. But what would be different about picking something up that is lesser known (other than the big guys like Giant, Kona, Felt, Specialized, Trek, etc)? Something like a Paradox, On-One, Singular, Siren, Soul Cycles, etc.. Just sayin'.

Otherwise check out the build threads that litter this forum and you will get some good costs similar to what Jeff, Shiggy, and AZ.Mtns are talking about.. I am building my own and when all is said and done I will be in it for over $1100.
 

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Are you putting a suspension fork on it or going rigid? That's a huge chunk of budget usually. I built my Jabberwocky for just over $1,000 total including frame, but I was patient and scavenged parts from friends and got good used stuff when I could.
 

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Are you putting a suspension fork on it or going rigid? That's a huge chunk of budget usually. I built my Jabberwocky for just over $1,000 total including frame, but I was patient and scavenged parts from friends and got good used stuff when I could.
+1 to this... I have spent since September of last year acquiring parts for mine. Wheels came yesterday and it is now at the shop being assembled. Many times I wished I would have just pulled the trigger (like originally planned) on the Felt Nine Trail. I would have saved myself over $500 but the upgrade in parts I have received, knowledge, and research far out weighs that for me. I know that I am going to love my bike, strictly because it is MY BIKE! It is not some carbon copy, cookie cutter, bike that was mass produced. I spent the time, sweat, and headaches to research what would best fit me, what was a bargain, and what to stay away from. I now consider myself a knowledgeable mountain biker strictly from the time I have spent doing all that! :madman:
 

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The builder lost me with this:

"**Currently only available with non suspension corrected geometry"

So its custom, but not too custom. Make sure you're ok with non-sus geometry if you go that route.
 

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Soul Cyles Dillinger is less expensive Duke..but not a bad catch!
$399 frame $49 fork

Biggest price jumps in a setup will be geared or SS, suspension fork or rigid. If you are talking Rigid SS, you can get your price down fairly quickly!

Example:
Soul Cycles Dillinger $399 www.ridesoul.com w/EBB w/ seatcollar and color of choice.
Soul Cycles 100mm Corrected Fork $49 www.ridesoul.com w/ color of choice
Easton XC TWO 29 Disc Wheelset $249 http://wheelworld.com
WTB ExiWolf 29 2.3 $16.99 ea. www.outsideoutfitters.com
Shimano XT Disc brakes Front: $54.93/Rear:$44.93 www.bikewagon.com
FSA Afterburner Crankset w/ BB $59.99 www.bikewagon.com (remove 2 rings)
SRAM PC-1 Nickel $9.99 www.pricepoint.com
Cane Creek S-3 Headset $32.99 www.pricepoint.com
Sette Edge O/S Stem 100mm 31.8 $22.99 www.pricepoint.com
Truvativ Stylo Race 31.8 600mm flat bars $15.99 www.pricepoint.com
Truvativ Stylo Race 31.6 zero offset seatpost $26.99 www.pricepoint.com
Sette Vu Saddle 140mm $19.99 www.pricepoint.com
Alligator iWave brake rotors $14.98ea. www.pricepoint.com
Alligator Sleek Glide Cable kit $16.99 www.pricepoint.com
Origin 8 16t or 17t cog w/ SS conversion kit $14.99 www.ebay.com

$1082 + pedals, tubes and various shipping charges (most are free shipping) $1150
or http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/21936-018_SETR90-277-Bikes--/Sette-Razzo-2.0-29er-X7_X9-Bike.htm

It is possible to get the price lower if you skimp on wheels even lower than they are, and use ebay for various parts coming from china etc.
 

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I think the reason most people are saying you shouldn't go custom is because based on your question it doesn't seem like you know very much about bicycles, otherwise you probably wouldn't even be asking the question. That being said, I agree with what everyone else has suggested; building up a bike takes time and effort, and if you don't have very specific parts in mind, it's probably not worth it. The Qball looks cool, but check out Kona Unit, Raleigh XXIX, Vassago, Niner sir9, et cetera, et cetera...
 

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The builder lost me with this:

"**Currently only available with non suspension corrected geometry"

So its custom, but not too custom. Make sure you're ok with non-sus geometry if you go that route.
That applies only to one option.
 
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