Reply To: Geezer eBay Bike Build


I mentioned previously that a pre-owned bike set up the way I wanted would cost around $1500 to $2500. Could I put one together out of new/used parts for (significantly) less? I planned to source:

  • Frame/wheels/controls/seat post
  • Air or carbon fork
  • Crankset/cassette/chain
  • Tubeless tires/setup
  • Saddle
  • Flat pedals
  • Rear rack
  • ALT bars

One big variable was that buying pre-owned equipment on eBay has been a mixed blessing because sellers don’t always fully disclose the problems to be found with their items. After watching auctions for several weeks, I decided I could source the parts and bike for <$1200. So I took the plunge.

  • Bike: 2016 Norco Charger 9.3 ($400)
  • Fork: rockshox reba race dual air  ($232)
  • Crankset: Deore 2×10 38-24T, 175mm ($70)
  • 44T chainring ($25)
  • Bars/bar ends/grips/tape: Ritchey Kyote & ESI chunky ($91)
  • Pedals: RaceFace Chester ($43)
  • Rear Rack: Axiom Journey ($30)
  • Tires: Panaracer GK SK+ ($65)
  • Saddle: Selle SMP TRK med ($80)
  • Shipping: ($150)

So, $1186 and I win right? Not so fast… The bike had been left out in the weather, so I decided to replace the (Shimano) wheel bearings, plus it needed pads, so that was another $25, plus I had to buy some tools that I didn’t have and finally put perhaps 20 hours into wrenching everything together.

So, perhaps the (imaginary) $1500 used hardtail would have been better, but I still would have wanted a rack, different bars, saddle and probably tires, plus whatever maintenance required.