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how much would a reasonable carbon frameset cost?

chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
edited October 2012 in Road buying advice
I'm considering a bike build as a bit of a project. its not something i'm doing to save money over buying off the shelf or anything just might try and buy a bit when i can afford it and slowly build it up.

How much would a decent carbon fraemest cost? frame, forks and headset? i'm not looking for a world beater, and tend to do high mileage more than out and out speed. the road surfaces range from pretty rough to very rough!! the odd smooth one thrown in though :)

any advice and links would be tremendous and splendid in equal measure!! - a site for sore eyes


  • pkripperpkripper Posts: 652
    My personal thought is that budget carbon offers little more than a standard Alu frame and its once you start going up the ranges that they improve. Frameset only I'd probably start at around 800ish, but ideally more.

    To be honest though it sounds like a ti frame is more suited to your proposed use?
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    Planet X, Ribble, etc. or a carbon frame direct from China. No need to spend >£800 to get a decent frame.
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  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    thanks for the replies, i'm a little nervous about getting the cheap ones from ebay/china, i'm sure they are fine but knowing my luck i'd pick a dodgy seller or something!

    i'll check out ribble and planet x I think - a site for sore eyes
  • CrispyappCrispyapp Posts: 344
    Where do you think rabble and Planet X probably source their frames from? And probably 90% of the worlds frames come from china.
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  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    have a look on ebay for new-old-stock stuff, or vvgc s/hand. There was a mint Giant TCR on there the other day for 650. Bargain.
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