I can share a bit different perspective on this...I had been looking for a new bike (frame or complete). Decided on a few different frames (Parkwood being one of them, though I ended up buying a different frame, used). While it is likely that I may end up spending more on a custom build (combination of used and new parts), the pros for me are:I have a shy question regarding the Parkwood custom builds. What is your motivation? I'm asking out of sheer interest.
I made the calculations and in now way could I put together a spec with a total price that would be cheaper than what they ask for at On-One/Planet-X.
Even if I buy second-hand components at half of the original price and just the frame as new it does not make any price advantage. The components will also be half-used. And the factory-matched set will always be more reliable. The only way I could make it more atractive financially is single speed full rigid, but that's beside the point.
So, is it just-for-fun venture or is there something else that I'm missing?
I personally wanted to build a lighter bike, with Shimano gear. But if their prebuilt bike suits you go for it.I had a fork, wheels and a 1 x 10 drivetrain that were left redundant after upgrades to my TBLT, and selling them second hand would never have given me what their true value was. So I looked for a frame to hang all the parts off, and have a spare bike that was supposed to be my "messing around "bike.
The Parkwood frame appealed to me, and was very a reasonably price.
My problem is now I'm enjoying the bike way more than I thought I would and have already upgraded the wheels ...
Oi Vey it never ends ..
I have built up finished yesterday my Parkwood. Winter Mod for In House Training.
The fork is still a cheap model, because I train in the winter in the basement. Besides, I 'm still not sure how much mm travel should I choose.
The seatpost is still exchanged for a Rock Shox Reverb . Just still comes a new saddle and other pedals .
The remaining components :
- Aivee MT3 hubs + spank oozy trail 295 rims
- Shimano XT brakes
- Shimano XT circuit (2x10)
- Sixpack handlebar in Liquid Green
- Sixpack Seatclamp in Liquid Green
- Ritchey WCS Stem
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