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2013-10-04 2:38 PM

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Subject: Think I'm going to build a bike

I'm thinking about building up a bike, something I've been wanting to do.  I already started to sell off my existing bikes & parts/ plus a motorcycle.  Looking at replacing my old Felt S22 with a 2011-2013 DA frame or a 2013 B12 frame. Will be using ebay for components (groupsets) & base/aero bars or piecemeal Nashbar sales. I guess Patience will be a virtue!  Not looking for top line components & base/aero bars, Ultegra/Force will be fine with maybe a 11 speed setup if the price is right!

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Anyone think the Bayonet 3 front-end is not worth the extra $ vs. the traditional 2013 B12 front end?  Not sure if the Bayonet is a hassle or not.

Base/aero bars, is the 3T Aura LE Carbon-Alloy Aerobar a good set?  It's 60% off on Nashbar right now.

Guess I'll need to buy a full tool set and make a frame stand.  What else will I need?



2013-10-04 7:03 PM
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The Bayonet 3 is awesome! My wife has a Felt DA 4W (that is not really a 4 any more... it's now completely tricked out with Di2, the super light and crazy stiff Devox carbon aero bars, Zipp VumaChrono crank, TriRig Omega front brake, and Hed Jet 6/9 C2 650's!), honestly that front end is just crazy stiff and tracks like nothing else. And it's really no hazzle at all, actually very easy to work with.

I built a bike for a very good friend with the 3T Aura carbon/alloy aerobars. She just repeated in London as AG world champion, defending her title from Auckland last year (and she also won her AG in this years nationals). Good enough for a world champion should be good enough... (btw. she had the fastest bike split by almost 4 minutes, and that in a sprint!) Trust me, those aerobars won't hold you back.

You'll need chain tool (to cut to length and if a chain lock, highly recommend the pliers), cable cutter, hex keys (metric), torque wrench, screw driver, measuring tape, cassette tools (chain whip and cassette removal tool), multipurpose bike grease (for all the threads), bottom bracket tools (to fit your new bike), and as you mention, a work stand, highly recommend that that locks the fork, much more stable and easier to work with than trying to clamp down on the seat post.

And of course, you need the know-how. If you haven't built a bike before, take your time and watch as many YouTube videos as you can and study the Park Tools website. If you have a buddy that knows how to wrench, buy him/her a six-pack of good Belgian beer and invite to help you out (just build before the beer... has a tendency to go wrong otherwise). And yes, has to be Belgian beer! This is cycling after all!
2013-10-04 7:30 PM
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+1 to everything Jan said, although you can do A LOT better than the Aura bar for equal or less $ (even at 60% off) heck, even an old set of Vision bars is an upgrade from the aura's.
2013-10-04 8:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Think I'm going to build a bike
Originally posted by audiojan The Bayonet 3 is awesome! My wife has a Felt DA 4W (that is not really a 4 any more... it's now completely tricked out with Di2, the super light and crazy stiff Devox carbon aero bars, Zipp VumaChrono crank, TriRig Omega front brake, and Hed Jet 6/9 C2 650's!), honestly that front end is just crazy stiff and tracks like nothing else. And it's really no hazzle at all, actually very easy to work with. I built a bike for a very good friend with the 3T Aura carbon/alloy aerobars. She just repeated in London as AG world champion, defending her title from Auckland last year (and she also won her AG in this years nationals). Good enough for a world champion should be good enough... (btw. she had the fastest bike split by almost 4 minutes, and that in a sprint!) Trust me, those aerobars won't hold you back. You'll need chain tool (to cut to length and if a chain lock, highly recommend the pliers), cable cutter, hex keys (metric), torque wrench, screw driver, measuring tape, cassette tools (chain whip and cassette removal tool), multipurpose bike grease (for all the threads), bottom bracket tools (to fit your new bike), and as you mention, a work stand, highly recommend that that locks the fork, much more stable and easier to work with than trying to clamp down on the seat post. And of course, you need the know-how. If you haven't built a bike before, take your time and watch as many YouTube videos as you can and study the Park Tools website. If you have a buddy that knows how to wrench, buy him/her a six-pack of good Belgian beer and invite to help you out (just build before the beer... has a tendency to go wrong otherwise). And yes, has to be Belgian beer! This is cycling after all!
Thanks for the feedback!  I just read the TriSports 2011 DA article and it stated how stiff the Bayonet 3 front end is. I have lot of the tools mentioned already, just will need to get the crank tools, inch pound torque wrench and a few others.
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