Saddle WTB Volt Comp $34.56
Headset Cane Creek 40 $38.40
grips ODI Ruffian $19.13
brake adapter 180mm posts $15.36
Spacers Race Face Kit $12.24
Bike Parts Sub Total $2,158.86
I’ve been wanting to build a bike and I’ve been able to find all these parts. I was trying to keep it under 2K but this is pretty close.
Looks great! The one thing I would caution on is the dropper post. I’ve been using the slightly more expensive KS Drop Zone, and it’s tough to keep it working properly. The action of the post is great – when it’s working. As soon as the cable gets at all dirty, reliability goes out the window.
I would recommend a different dropper post, or go with a straight post at first until you can swing a higher end one.
John – based on what I could find, the new XT 11-speed group is actually a bit heavier than the SRAM GX. Also, I wouldn’t consider it a downgrade at all. I’ve ridden both extensively now, and it’s really going to come down to personal preference.
But that said, if Tom doesn’t have a preference one way or another, go with the cheaper option.
chiming in on the E-Ten. I’m coming up on about 40 hours on mine and it’s pretty good for the money. 100mm isn’t enough for me, but do-able. It’s not as snappy on the rise as a higher end, but we’re talking less than a second slower. If I was going to put $200 more anywhere, it’d probably be the wheelset. And yes, consider the GX if you need to align your budget quicker, but you will not be disappointed in the XT. Not sure if I saw cranks on the list… maybe it’s XT as well. If not, look at the RaceFace Turbine or Aeffect. Have fun, post pics when built!