This website is your DIY guide and tutorial for building up your own carbon road bike.
This is my story: I built my first carbon bike as an upgrade to my second-hand Cannondale R600 with a CAAD3 frame, which, by all accounts, was an excellent bike. But it was one size too big, and with the carbon frames on eBay listed for about $450—including the fork, seatpost and shipping—it was simply too irresistible, so I took the plunge and bought one, and replaced my Cannondale frame with it. The eBay vendor shipped me the wrong fork (he sent a “Pinarello-inspired” fork instead of a straight fork that I requested), but rather than raising a fuss, I nevertheless built up the bike with that frame and fork—I was hence known as “the Chinarello guy.” I rode that bike for almost 5 years, and it took me everywhere. I regularly upgraded all the components on the bike until spring of 2014 when I upgraded the whole frame set altogether. I built up another bike with the old frame using some entry-level parts, and that bike now belongs to a friend who just started road cycling. This is what my bike looked like in 2009, 2012 and 2013 as it went through it’s upgrades:
Through that bike and my subsequent “projects”, I learned a lot about DIY bike building and maintenance. I realized that with some diligence and time, you can build yourself an excellent full carbon bike at a fraction of what it would cost at your LBS (“local bike shop” for you who are unfamiliar with the cyclist lingo). While I believe that there’re plenty of reasons you would still want to buy your bike from your LBS—building up your own bike isn’t for everyone—judging from the online discussion forums and the pictures posted, there are also many people who feel the same way as me:
So this website is my humble attempt to give some tutorial and up-to-date information for anyone who wants to build up their own (cheaper) carbon bike. I’ll try to give my best information on where to source the parts, how much to pay for them, how to put your bike together, and what to look out for and avoid. I’m assuming that the readers of this website will only have rudimentary knowledge of the inner workings of a road bike. If you are very knowledgeable about bike parts, there is a lot of information that you can skip over.
On each page, there are space for you to make a comment. I’ll try to respond to those as best as I can. There is also a contact form if you must get in touch with me. I am a busy guy, so I don’t promise to respond promptly, only that I’ll reply to you eventually, before the end of time.