I've been lurking here too so felt I's better surface. I really have appreciated the info on these boards and used it to build up a Faraoll GF-001 at the end of last year. I tried to keep it simple as it was the first bike I built. I went for 650B Road plus which has been outstanding - amazing how versatile the bike is. Planning on riding the bike around Mongolia for a few weeks in July then riding it across to Beijing.
- No issues with the quality of the frame from Farroll.
- The wheel set was from Speeder Cycling (Penny was great!) which I can strongly recommend. They also sell a version of the same frame too!
- I live in Australia and had no issues with delivery or service from either Chinese companies.
- I was initially concerned with the quality/durability but the open mold bikes are great from what I read and seen first hand. The wheels are sensational too - the value for money is fabulous. I think alot of the people who say the quality of Chinese carbon is no good have never bought them themselves - or have assumed that it is all in the same league as the "Chinarellos" or copy bike. Each to their own however.
- I'm totally stoked with the result and from my perspective/budget and planned use, have ended up with a way better bike that the retail versions (spec relative to the money of course). Building was really straight forward too - I found so much info on the net. I did get my LBS to fully check it over before I went out on it - and all was good! I'd really encourage anyone to do it as well. Not too much time - and the massive benefit of really learning a huge amount about the bike and parts. Hopefully that may be of use when stuck on the side of some remote Mongolian hill!
Basic spec is:
- Force 1* 40 on front 10- 42 on back (tried 11-36 and found it wasn't quite right.
- SRAM Hydraulic Disc with Shimano 160mm discs - like the black look
- Wheels 650 B Speeder asymmetric CX wheels SC-30GD35AC, DT 350 hubs, tubeless with WTB Byway shoes
- Ritchie comp venture max hbars
- HSC ceramics bottom bracket (novice builder so was confused on compatibility - so played it safe - great but $$!)
- Cane creek headset
- Carbon Stem and bottle holders from Faraoll - (cheaper than aluminium!)
lots of little compromises were made when buying components - but don't really regret it - eg frame is for flat mount discs, but the cheapest way to get the group-set included post mounts. Had to buy adaptors, but saved a fortune vs buying the components from Australia (unfortunately cost here are crazy) In the reverse direction, I spent probably more than I wanted to get a bottom bracket that I was sure would fit the bike/cranks.
The 650B big volume tyres really make this bike a dream to ride - on road it still handles amazingly well - better than my Trek Domane anyway - and soaks up the bumps. A big safety plus too when riding on rads as you can stay right near the edge if the road is narrow and not worry too much about what is on the road. The bigger tyres get blown around a bit on the road in the wind and I put in a few more watts to keep up with other roadies, but big picture, with the slick centered tyres, it is really only limited by the gearing. Epic in the dirt and gravel - like a magic carpet - so smooth and comfortable.
A great bike for my purposes and I'm really happy with it.
Awesome build dude, thanks for chiming in!
I got some of the same parts for my final build: Ritchey venture Max bars, WTB byways 650b, and sram cranks.
Right now I'm facing an existential crisis with the cranks actually... I have 2 sets: 172.5 and 175. I want to use the 172.5 but they have a slightly longer spindle and by the time I space it out to make cranks equally distant to center of the frame, it throws off my chainline.... If I mount chainring in outside position it's too far in, if I mount it outside too far out.... So frustrating....