If you read this article, you'll note that the racer who was interviewed for this story, downhill racer and pro mechanic Gerry Carcia, is suggesting all-new parts. Here's his break-down:
Frame and fork: Surly 1×1
Headset: Cane Creek
V-brakes: Shimano Acera
Rear hub: Surly (bolt-on, flip-flop)
Front hub: Shimano Deore LX
Spokes: DT Swiss straight-gauge
$51 ($.80 each x 64)
Rim: Mavic 317
$35 each + $85 to build wheels
Rim tape: Velox
Tires: Bontrager Jones XR
Seat stem: Promax
Chain: SRAM SS PC-1
Cranks: Truvativ Stylo GXP w/ BB
Pedals: Shimano M-520
And here's mine:
Used bike: Kona Fire Mountain ("Race Light" model) $180.00 Wheels: Shimano Alivio hubs, Mavic 314 rims (came with bike) Tires: Michelin "Country Trail" 26 x 1.95 (pair) 34.00 Tubes: standard (pair) 8.00 Headset: Ritchey Logic (came with bike) Handlebar: Misfit Psycles FU2-bar 42.00 Stem: Profile 1 1/8" quill 26.00 Grips: Oury 12.00 Cantilever brakes (stock; came with bike) Brake Pads: Kool-Stop Eagle 2, Salmon (2 prs) 18.00 Levers: Kona (came with bike) Lever covers: (Lizard Skin) 6.00 Seat post: Kona (came with bike) Saddle: Jamis stock, found in "free" box at bike shop Chain: KMC 610X singlespeed 3/32" 13.00 Cables and housing (replaced all) 15.00 Cranks & BB: Turvativ Stylo GPX 170mm, used 50.00 Pedals: Crank Brothers 5050xx with extra pins 78.00 Chain tensioner: Soulcraft Convert: 95.00 Rear cog: Surly stainless steel 30.00
NOTE: Some of the parts came free with the bike. I did all my own labor, including installing the bottom bracket and cranks and overhauling all the bearings in headset and hubs. I also listed retail prices for everything here, but in the interests of full disclosure, I got most of the new parts through my shop and therefore paid far less than retail. For what I make working in a bike shop, getting discounted parts is the least I can expect for my work. I'd subtract another 35% or so on the new parts listed, which would bring the total down to somewhere around $415.00.
(And you can bet that Mr. Garcia, being both a professional racer and a professional wrench, is also enjoying a discount on at least SOME of his parts -- though he doesn't mention that here. I'd guess that, taking his discount into account he built his "blingle"-speed for just under a thousand bucks.)
He didn't display a photo of his finished bike, though I'd love to see it. Built up on a Surly, I bet it's a sweet ride.
If you've been following my singlespeed adventures this spring and summer you may have already seen my bike. Here's a photo of it before I swapped in the Truvativ crankset:
And here's the Truvativ crankset after installation:
As you can see, I did okay for what I spent. And with a little hunting and gathering, so can almost anyone. Which is why the idea of a $1,500.00 singlespeed mountain bike being a bargain made me laugh.