Thought Experiment: This Fantasy Build Is Just A Normal Bike With Parts That Are in Stock

May 14, 2021 at 14:52
by Alicia Leggett  

Here's one for the normal folks among us who just want... a bike. Not a light bike, not a heavy bike, just a good bike. These days, it seems that obtaining such an item is easier said than done, so the theme of this next fantasy build is pretty basic. It's a bike, it's not too terribly expensive (though it is also not cheap), and it is made up of only parts that are in stock, either from the companies themselves or their primary distributors.

Note that this excludes companies that do not sell directly to consumers, as stock of parts from those companies is quite geographically varied and is almost impossible to verify outside of going to my local bike shops and assuming that the rest of the world is exactly the same as my little bubble.

Another disclaimer is that things do change quickly, and while all of these parts were in stock at the time of this writing, the rush of people going to buy things after reading that those things are in stock may make this information outdated. For parts that seem likely to be bought out soon, I have included backup possibilities, but I can't guarantee that they're available. Also, as I'm writing from the U.S., availability may vary geographically.



Frame: Specialized Enduro Frameset - $2,900


For a price of $2,900, the Enduro frameset is a solid platform for putting together a nice but not entirely bank-breaking bike, at least relatively speaking. The bike comes with a Fox DPX2 Performance rear shock, solving that part of the equation as well. As of starting this piece, the frame was available in sizes S3, S4, and S5. It is now only available in S3. That said, for an extra $500, the S-Works version is currently available in all sizes.

It's also, of course, worth checking with local brick-and-mortar shops, including those that sell online. Fanatik Bike Co. in Bellingham, for example, currently has all sizes of the Enduro in stock and most sizes of the S-Works version.

Fork: Marzocchi Z1 Bomber Coil 170mm - $779

Forks are hard to come by right now. I almost went with a fork from a slightly smaller suspension company, although there was a warning that supply was low, but then I watched the "Out of Stock" message appear on the product page right in front of my eyes. So those dreams died there, and I was forced to find an alternative. As of right now, there are six Bomber Z1s in stock (though I'm watching them dwindle).

Marzocchi Z1 Coil
This photo is kind of a lie because only the black version is currently in stock.

Just in case those Bombers disappear, I have a backup option. While it's not 100% accurate to say that the MRP Ribbon 29 fork is 'in stock' because MRP builds all its forks to order, the parts for both the coil and air versions are currently available, and the expected shipping time is 6-10 days from purchase, so the Ribbon is as close to in stock as it gets.

Update: EXT ERAs are also in stock.

Drivetrain: Box Components Prime 9 Box Two/Three Groupset Combination - $285

When the larger companies are sold out, the underdogs have the chance to shine. Box Components has spent the last several years developing several iterations of drivetrains to compete with SRAM and Shimano, and the winning formula just might be there. While many companies have standardized to 12-speed drivetrains, Box has taken a different route by introducing the tagline '9 is Fine,' producing a wide-range nine-speed cassette with an 11-50t gear spread.


Crankset: Rotor R-Hawk w/ Rotor chainring - $361

The Rotor R-Hawk cranks are solid aluminum and ready for anything. And yep, they're in stock.

Starling Murmur Review Rotor Hawk cranks

Bottom bracket: Rotor BSA 30 - $60

Brakes: TRP Quadiem - $340 pair

I love TRP brakes for the amount of modulation they provide. These stoppers have a respectable amount of power and incorporate features of the pricier DH-R EVO brakes into a more affordable -- and in stock -- package.

Rotors: TRP R1 1.8mm Thick Rotor, 203mm - $92 pair

While TRP is known for making 2.3mm thick rotors that are optimized for eMTBs and other heavy-duty purposes, the 1.8mm version works best with the Quadiem brakes and has plenty of substance for our imaginary bike building purposes.

TRP DHR EVO

Wheels: Spank 350 Vibrocore Wheels - $700 pair

Spank's pre-built wheelsets offer great value and performance. They are more robust than many aluminum wheels (I know this from thoroughly abusing a set at one point), ride well, and are generally just a solid choice. The 32h version is in stock, while the 28h version is not.

SPIKE 350 VIBROCORE WHEELSET Spank Spike 350 Vibrocore wheelset

Tires: Vittoria Mazza - $150 pair

The Mazza looks like a DHF, but the cool part is that you can buy it.


Seatpost: BikeYoke Revive 160mm w/ PNW Components Loam Lever - $476

Since dropper posts are popular and seem hard to find these days, my pick here is the BikeYoke Revive 180mm, for $407. While it's on the expensive side of the seatpost price spectrum, it is one of the best ones out there. I originally chose a PNW Components Rainier Gen 3 post but had to swap it out once that went out of stock, hence the deceptive photo at the top of this post. Still, I'm a big fan of the PNW Loam Lever is the best one around ($69), so that's staying in.

BikeYoke Revive 2.0

Saddle: SQlab 611 ERGOWAVE Fabio Wiber edition - $170

The SQlab 611 saddle is truly a blessing to humanity, but unfortunately, most versions of the perfect saddle are sold out. That said, the Fabio Wibmer edition is still around, even in the very reasonable and apparently very popular 14cm width. And who doesn't want a Fabio-themed saddle? I can't say it's something that has crossed my mind before, but I do have to admit that the saddle is eye-catching in a very intriguing way. At nearly $200, you get what you pay for here.


Handlebars: Deity Topside - $57

The Topside is a sturdy aluminum bar that comes in several colors with a friendly price tag, making it a very appealing option.

DEITY Topside 35mm Handlebar

Stem: Deity Copperhead - $99

A Deity Copperhead 35 stem in the 50mm length rounds out the Deity cockpit. It's available in purple right now, which is neat, and comes in at just under $100 so is still relatively wallet-safe.

DEITY 35mm Copperhead Stem

Headset: Wolftooth Components IS Headset w/ Specialized Upper -$100 (upper and lower assemblies sold separately but both currently in stock)


Grips: RaceFace Half Nelson - $27

Grips aren't terribly hard to come by, though unfortunately some of my favorites are currently sold out. Luckily RaceFace has plenty of models in stock.

Race Face Half Nelson

Pedals: OneUp Aluminum Pedals - $129

There are plenty of types of pedals in stock right now, and it's hard to choose just one. I'll go with OneUp, since their pedals are pretty nice and the other pedals I found that I like are from companies that are already on this list.

Best flat pedals 2020



So there it is. Once everything is added up, this bike comes out to $6,328, which is by no means a steal, but also is not unreasonable for a nice carbon bike. Now I'm going to go ahead and publish this before these parts go out of stock.


173 Comments

  • 434 11
 Assuming half the glue eaters on this forum could build a bike
  • 152 0
 I’m a paste kinda guy.
  • 15 0
 @TwoNGlenn: Exacetly. Paste has that nice consistency and texture Big Grin
  • 125 2
 @TwoNGlenn: I prefer eating caulk..... Sorry that was terrible, I'll see myself out.
  • 36 7
 This is assembling parts. Very few of us actually BUILD our own bikes.
  • 6 0
 @kcy4130: damnit Meat Wad!
  • 28 0
 My cat's breath smells like cat food!
  • 9 1
 @chezotron: Your toys are sticky like mine... Ooops, I drop my fudgesicle in your toy box.
  • 5 0
 @seanlah I thought glue was for sniffing?
  • 2 0
 @kcy4130: LOL! I had to chuckle.
  • 7 0
 I'm more of a JB Weld guy while I build bikes.
  • 12 0
 My favorite color is Ham.
  • 11 0
 let it be known that @seanlah rode a whole shuttle day with his crown race on upside down
  • 8 0
 I'm more of a 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Epoxy Adhesive DP420NS kinda guy
  • 3 0
 Loctite Red has a nice but subtle cherry flavor. You'll never guess what loctite blue tastes like though, ick.
  • 3 0
 @Connerv6: Liquid Smurf? Big Grin
  • 3 0
 @toddball: it's true, I too eat the paste
  • 4 0
 @kcy4130: playdough for me, nice and salty
  • 6 0
 Stop looking at me swan.
  • 6 0
 Looks I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
  • 1 0
 @shirk-007: i didn't realize you had such an extensive Pinkbike album of your builds!
  • 1 0
 I like my meal to be in courses, so I eat JB weld tubes seperately and then let them mix in my stomach!
  • 1 0
 @Connerv6: Given how the blue tastes, I could almost believe that the red indeed tastes like cherries.
  • 1 1
 @TwoNGlenn: I'm a pasta kinda guy
  • 2 0
 Free tip: use glue as a dip for paint chips!
  • 2 0
 @unrooted: ^^ this guys is forward thinking. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I can count to potato.
  • 1 0
 They’re called Chicken Nuggets buddy.
  • 115 0
 Corrected title: Thought Experiment: This Fantasy Build Is Just A Normal Bike With Parts That Just Sold Out
  • 87 2
 Yeah the relevancy here was short-lived
  • 7 0
 @alicialeggett: It was always bound to be short lived. What are you doing for the next one? The most expensive unicycle, the lightest fat bike, the lightest 3 wheel cargo bike... Anyone have serious suggestions?
  • 20 0
 @kcy4130: lightest 3 wheel cargo bike actually sounds pretty cool.
  • 1 3
 @hmstuna: yes! Yessss!

Lightest offroad 3 wheel cargo bike...
  • 5 0
 @el-brendo: Lightest offroad 3 wheel cargo bike huck to flat test!!!
  • 3 0
 @kcy4130: Next Tandem Recumbent...
  • 2 0
 @alicialeggett: gotta do a weekly update on this article based on the parts available that week
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: longest, lowest, craziest hard tail?
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130 @alicialeggett: would love to see an outrageous build from PB buysell, be it heaviest or lightest or most expensive
  • 1 0
 @el-brendo:
Lightest offroad 3 wheel mullet cargo eBike... Get with the program.
  • 75 0
 EXT ERAs are in stock!
  • 33 0
 I just put you in there!
  • 5 1
 @alicialeggett: also found some DVO Onyx D1 in stock, although off a Canadian website so might not count....Priced between the Marz and EXT.
  • 5 1
 No 27.5, no sale for me sadly...
  • 2 0
 @Marky771: Sadly I'm only including if it's available straight from the company or a primary distributor. I tried to include some DVO but no luck on the stock!
  • 2 0
 @alicialeggett: this whole thing seems like a perfect opportunity for some online bike shops to let people know what bike they could currently get from their shop...maybe you could ask 3 big online shops from each of the countries most represented by Pinkbike users.
  • 56 1
 Everyone's bike in 2 years
  • 4 1
 No way all parts will be available..3 years at best
  • 40 0
 I built a nuke proof Mega 290 alloy with parts from, I believe, 10 different sources. I’ve been mountain biking for 30 years in august and I paid full retail for more parts this time than in the rest of my riding life combined.
  • 2 0
 just did the same for my Commencal Meta AM, with a similar quantity of different sources. I might have even paid for one of the deliveries, let alone full retail. Painful!
  • 43 0
 DO NOT, MY FRIENDS, BECOME ADDICTED TO PURPLE ANODIZE. IT WILL TAKE HOLD OF YOU, AND YOU WILL RESENT ITS ABSENCE
  • 1 0
 ah love that movie. my partner drinks loads of water so i throw the line in every couple of days hehe
  • 4 0
 I've had it with these purple mother fcking anodised parts on this mother fcking plane
  • 27 3
 "unfortunately some of my favorites are currently sold out. Luckily RaceFace has plenty of models in stock." I wonder why.

(Preparing for downvotes from raceface grip users) (Not trying to start a big debate about grips, we all know knuckledusters are the best) (please don't take this comment too seriously)
  • 1 0
 Race Face got lucky with the Half Nelsons. They were about the best grips I've used, went through a few pairs. Switched to Death Grips for a few pairs and liked those even better, then recently a pair of Elite Pros which may be the best ever...then again it may just be Ruffian nostalgia.
  • 2 1
 The Race Face Ride cranks are suspiciously still in stock too, as an alternative to the Rotor ones. At least the bolts in grips aren't notorious for coming loose without half a stick of threadlock and 2x over-torque
  • 2 1
 i hated my knuckle dusters. My Aaron Gwin AG-2s are my favorite grips ive ever ridden theyre like ruffians but cooler cuase they have eagles and gwin likes em.
  • 6 4
 Slip-on grips aren't sold out and are significantly better than overpriced lock-ons.
  • 19 0
 Next article could be a build featuring frame, fork, and all other (odd ball) parts found on Amazon. Bonus for actually testing the thing. Not the blatant junk but the ones that actually look like they may be viable kit.
  • 1 0
 How about building one off the PB Buy/Sell section. Including kit. This would be fantastic! If we could do user submitted ones, I'd be all over that.
  • 17 0
 I have that 9 speed on my hardtail and love it. The gaps between gears are noticeable so you don't need to shift a bunch of times to get a meaningful change in gearing.
  • 21 4
 Yeah, I saw this as the most interesting part of the build! I have XO Eagle 12sp groupset and I think it's a pile of garbage...there I said it. The way forward in drivetrains is backwards...my 11sp was so much better.
  • 9 0
 @freeinpg: Hey there, Free in P-Gizzle...
Make ya a deal, I’ll buy you the Box der, cassette, and shifter for your XO kit in exchange....
  • 2 0
 @freeinpg: I'll gladly take it off of your hands.
  • 2 0
 @freeinpg: Hell,
I’ll even throw in a t-shirt, ship the whole kit to your house if you’d like!
  • 2 0
 @freeinpg: not taking me up on the offer eh.......
That’s too bad, really need to replace this GX rear der over here
  • 1 0
 i also have a 9 speed, microshift, cheaper and better than most budget shimano or sram. 9spd FTW
  • 14 0
 There was no mention of valve caps... Are they all out of stock!?
  • 7 1
 don't even try replacing your muffler bearings these days!
  • 2 1
 @TrainingWheelz: custom bullet shell schrader valve caps 50$ a pair
  • 9 0
 GREAT... now all those parts are out of stock... thanks PB.




Smile JKN... appreciate this article GREATLY, very interesting build.
  • 6 1
 Supply chain issues, meet serious demand increase. The former sucks; the latter, long term, seems like a good thing. I can't think of any reason why more people riding mountain bikes would fail to make the world a better place.
  • 1 0
 Grumpy PB folks complaining about too many people out of their local trails
  • 10 0
 Love my OneUp flats.
  • 1 0
 I've seen horrific failure on the old model bearings
  • 3 0
 Yeah me too. I ride the plastic ones and they’re amazing
  • 3 0
 I don't know, you guys. Just bought a Norco frame from the local shop with complete SLX drivetrain & brakes, i9 wheels, Maxxis tires, RS suspension. Maybe it was the cases of beer I have been bringing by and years of loyal patronage, but my bike was ready in about two weeks.
  • 3 0
 We currently have all sizes of the Specialized Enduro frame in stock, and most sizes of the S-Works version:

Gloss Smoke w/DPX2
www.fanatikbike.com/products/specialized-enduro-29-frame-2020

Raspberry S-Works w/X2
www.fanatikbike.com/products/specialized-enduro-s-works-29-frame-2021
  • 3 0
 uh, you're welcome?

www.pinkbike.com/news/thought-experiment-whats-the-heaviest-trail-bike-we-could-build-for-10k.html#cid2929135

but really, this is where the series was headed all along...
  • 5 0
 Those Rotor cranks sound cool - I like the modularity - but holy cow, $361? For aluminum cranks that are heavier than NX?
  • 1 0
 My thoughts as well
  • 2 0
 I build a similar project at the end of last year with the enduro mentioned I buyed some new parts & some I already had (brakes), spend almost the same as the entry version (Comp) with high end components (Hope, chromag, lyrik ultimate,schwalbe tires)
  • 2 0
 Looks at picture with dropper w saddle... oooh.. that looks like an interesting saddle... reads which saddle they chose... hmm.. thats not an SQ Lab 611 atop the dropper... furthermore the pic at the top of the article as yet another different saddle altogether... What is that saddle then in the pic highlighting the dropper?
  • 1 0
 The dropper-post saddle caught my eye also. Trying to decide if those rails would be rigid or have some suspension to them. Can anyone ID that saddle?
  • 2 0
 @biscuitsandgravy: @cdt77: it’s bike yoke’s Sagma saddle.
  • 10 5
 imagine being early to the comment section
  • 7 2
 Its the small things in life
  • 3 4
 @Grantma: ye ya know whatever makes you feel good
  • 6 1
 Premature E-comment-ulation is a common occurrence for active Pinkbikers
  • 4 0
 This series has been an absolute delight. Can’t wait to see what next week’s build is!
  • 1 0
 Just went through this nightmare. Luckily got most of what I wanted. Even got a brand new Zeb and custom set of wheels with Hydras. Should all be arriving this week and hope to get it put together soon after. Absolutely the most expensive hardtail I've ever built but that's the climate we're in right now
  • 1 0
 "The 32h version is in stock, while the 28h version is not."

That's because I got what must have been one of the last xd driver 28h rears last month. Felt the bearings going on my OEM hub and didn't want to risk having to wait for parts or a new hub & subsequent wheel build when if eventually blows up.
  • 4 0
 rim tape is out of stock...
  • 18 0
 Gorilla tape remains in stock
  • 1 2
 And no tubes in size you need
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: Most of the time I used Gorilla tape instead of 'tubeless tape'
  • 1 2
 False
  • 2 1
 @kanasasa: no tubes is exactly the size I need. Who still uses tubes?
  • 1 0
 @dsut4392: not sure, haven't used one in 5+ years.
It's just funny to almost complete a bike and then there's no way to keep air in your tires, no tape/valve/tubes available.
Dad's joke I guess
  • 1 0
 @dsut4392: me lol rims are too cheap
  • 1 0
 @kanasasa: really? The shop i work at has tons of tubes in most sizes. The only hard ones to get now are 20x5.0 tubes.
  • 4 0
 The cool thing is that you can buy it!!
  • 13 0
 At least 15 minutes ago before this article went live
  • 2 0
 Microshift drivetrains are still able to be found. Just bought an Acolyte group for my wife's Surly and a Advent for my Ragley.
  • 1 0
 I was amazed how cheap the 9spd Advent set was, like $130 after tax. 11-46 is a pretty solid range too.
  • 1 0
 @smleitch: i constantly shift under load on my advent (clutched) with no issue. The box Prime 9 is more and doesnt have a clutch
  • 2 1
 I like this "normal" build. How about a used build up? A frame from Pinkbike Buy Sell; Wheels from Pinkbike Buy Sell, Groupo from Pinkbike Buy Sell; Maybe some Marketplace sprinkles.
  • 1 0
 I built my nukeproof mega 290 just before this lunacy for bargain prices and it's a pretty amazing bike. Just gotta make sure I don't need any spares for the next 3 years now.
  • 3 0
 What chain? or did I miss that
  • 3 1
 Not an SRAM 12-speed chain. You won't be seeing those in stock for a very long time.
  • 4 0
 @Skooks: it's crazy, but in NZ right now I can pop down the road and get a 12sp eagle chain, in silver, black, rainbow, gold or copper. Thinking I should buy them all up and start a mail order business selling them back overseas!
  • 2 0
 Worth noting that local bike shops may have parts that are sold out online.
  • 2 0
 The issue is we can't sell them outright. My shop has lots of stock (more than we've ever had), but the issue is we just can't sell them unless the bike is in for service, otherwise we'd run out. Not sure if all shops are doing this, but I assume lots are.
  • 3 0
 @Ryan2949: I’m of two minds when it comes to this.
I wholly support any bike shop that is keeping their employees working during this time. My memory of working at bike shops was the “shop” part was a loss leader, and mainly there to support the sales of new bikes. I recognize that business model has changed a bit since my time, but still.....respect.
However, I am more than competent, and prefer to do my own work at all costs, so it burns my ass a little bit that i cant easily buy the parts I’m looking for (scored a great upgrade on s rainbow cassette and chain though)

Be good to one another out there
  • 2 0
 @onawalk: really? When I was in the biz it was the exact opposite. New bikes brought curious people in the door but the shop kept the lights on. Worked as a parts manager at one shop, then GM of another over a dozen years.
  • 1 0
 @mechaNICK: Different experiences.
Shop supported the sales floor, in so much as bikes needed to be built, and warrantied/adjusted, but sales kept the lights one.
That was across 3 different stores, good sized, successful ones. I started in sales, worked my way up, then transitioned to the shop, where I was much happier, and worked up from there.

Kids bikes were a total loss, along with DH, and Freeride, but all of those segments provided the stoke for people to come in the door. We built and sold more Giant Sedonas than I cou,d have ever imagined. Had a Rocky edge (yellow/black) sit in the store window for 3 years cause no one wanted it....

Good times
  • 3 1
 Also (for me), 42t is fine. I would have no problem putting an 11 speed drivetrain on a bike right now.
  • 1 0
 This proves you can build a unique and cool bike for less than the stock builds, think I’d take this over the stock enduro expert level build which is more expensive.
  • 1 0
 I'm doing a very similar build to this, just with mostly parts I already own and the sworks Enduro frame that is also in stock.
  • 2 0
 "The Mazza looks like a DHF, but the cool part is that you can buy it" - best line in the article.
  • 1 1
 Protect that frame that will soon be out of stock... dont worry, our inventory team has managed to keep stock flowing throughout so you dont have to wait to protect it once your bike has come in from backorder.
  • 1 0
 for me virtually everythings in stock because I just buy from harder to find websites like not just worlwide cyclery and jenson
  • 1 0
 I genuinely hope this article will not age well and parts being in stock will one day be the norm again. This is covid satire at its finest!
  • 1 0
 @alicialeggett
Any idea what the weight of this bike comes out to? It would be interesting to see how it compares to the other two you 'built'.
  • 2 0
 All of these parts will be sold out tomorrow
  • 2 0
 This title made me laugh out loud. Thanks Alicia
  • 2 1
 What about the wind to put in the tyres and shocks. My local kwikfit sold out last week
  • 22 0
 The shop down the street from me has some but the price is out of control. Damn inflation.
  • 1 0
 I've been waiting for my s5 frame since September, so I'm very upset with this entire article.
  • 1 0
 Specialized has an outlet store on eBay - Good Deals to be had: www.ebay.com/usr/specialized_outlet_store
  • 1 0
 They appear to be missing....well, everything Shows 0 items in stock in all categories
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: Try changing your settings, under the item location check the box for "worldwide"
  • 1 1
 u can buy some models of intense, Commencal, Rocky Mountain in US easily within 4-6 k online, while it is not ideal, there still options
  • 1 0
 "This Fantasy Build Is Just A Normal Bike With Parts That WERE in Stock (until 30mins after the posting of this article)"
  • 2 0
 I love my quadieum brakes
  • 1 1
 In NZ everything is in stock but the frames... because they are sold with such huge mark ups from the manf and middle and third men and because of that there is no demand.
  • 1 0
 I agree with every choice except the frame but I appreciate keeping the mass’s focus on specialized.
  • 1 0
 nice Wink
but only frame price, is the real maximum price I can give for a bike
those prices are already unreal
  • 1 0
 It's like Pinkbike knows their audience!
  • 1 4
 Specialized.com was sold out of size S5 Enduro frames about a week before this article came out, and was sold out of size S4 a couple of days ago. But I suppose half the sizes being sold out passes for "in stock" these days...
  • 1 2
 That won't stop the Pinkbike-Specialized hype train!
  • 1 0
 Deleted. Accidental dbl post.
  • 2 1
 "With Parts That Are in Stock" so trail running then
  • 1 0
 Someone needs to keep tabs when this is all sold
  • 1 0
 Cause 6,328$ is your normal bike price?
  • 2 0
 thats a one lapper build
  • 1 0
 Weird, I didn't see any of these in the buy/sell section...
  • 1 0
 LOL. The frame blew my budget right off the bat.
  • 1 0
 Purple drinks taste like blue
  • 1 1
 At least it wasn't the "Fabio Viber Edition Seat"...
Might would resonate with another group of clients though :-P
  • 1 2
 Hardly worth $2900/frame with a dpx2.
I cancelled my order in that. Shop a used one with an x2 for less.
  • 2 0
 Shop for a takeoff X2, sell the DPX, keep ya warranty
  • 1 0
 DEore cranks in stock
  • 1 1
 why not.
  • 1 1
 AXS is widely available
  • 2 4
 imagine thinking any current day marzocchi product is worth anything
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