Part 1: Introduction, Frame and Forks
After my original Viner Maxima RS 4.0 was damaged in transit, my replacement has finally arrived and I can now begin building her up into a complete bike on a limited budget in time for my season of elite level racing in France.
My overall aim is to have an elite level racing bike to use in the forthcoming season, but at a budget that is inline with the fact that I am an amateur with a family to look after, a mortgage to pay and a whole lot of other “normal” day-to-day responsibilities to keep tabs on.
I hope to show that by taking the time in researching and then building up your bike yourself, you can not only save a whole lot of money, but the process is a rich and rewarding experience in itself.
In this article I will document the steps that I take/took in sourcing quality bike components at the best prices as well as the process of building up my frame into a complete race ready and potential race winning machine.
This will include the parts that I decided to choose or the ones that I swapped over from my old bike and why. Notes and in some cases details on how I fitted them to the frame and any other bits of information or advice that I can pass on should you also be considering a bike build yourself.
So without further ado, let’s get started:
As I have already gone over in great depth the reasons why I decided to buy the Viner Maxima RS 4.0 frameset over all the other options that I was considering, so I wont repeat all of that here.
But I think the Important points to take away from my purchase of this particular frameset in terms of my high end bike build… but on a budget are:
- Do Your research – I spent a whole lot of time over the course of a year researching and looking at bike frames that potentially possessed the particular characteristics that I was after
- Be Patient – I kept a close eye on the prices of my shortlisted frames, then when the sales and deals came and because of the research I had done, I knew that the savings were “real” and substantial
- Last Year’s Model – Don’t be afraid of not having the latest model, despite the marketing claims, it will still be pretty much as good (if not equally as good) as the new one and this is where you can really save money:
Viner Maxima RS 4.0 Carbon Road Frameset
- Was £1,499.99 when I first noticed it
- I purchased mine for £697.00 – Take a look at the bottom of this page for links on where to buy and check current prices.
Carefully Check the Frame & Forks
After unboxing the frame and forks, I carefully checked both the frame and forks all over to ensure that no part had this time been damaged in transit. I would always do this, but based on my recent experience, I was extra vigilant this time around!
Also worth a quick check are the dimensions just to make sure that the correct frame has been picked and sent to you…. you never know and you really don’t want to spend all the time building it up only to find that it is the wrong size when you start the final process of adjusting the saddle and saddle post!
My First Impressions
Now that I didn’t have a cracked frame, I was able to appreciate it more and I have to say that my first impressions of the Viner Maxima RS 4.0 were excellent. Lightweight to hold, it has a high quality finish and from what I could see the quality of the carbo layering inside looked good. This is something you don’t get to see or appreciate when you buy a complete bike and for me added to my confidence in the product.
Viner Maxima RS 4.0 Frame Weight
Then as I do with most parts I buy, I weighed the frame and forks. This is partly for my own interest as like most cyclists, I want to keep the weight of my bike to a minimum, but also to check if the numbers tie up with what the manufacturers claim!
At 814g it is a little above the 792g claimed by the manufacturers, but there is no doubting that the latest Viner Maxima is still a very lightweight frame and this one just happens to be 1g lighter than the first one I got that arrived damaged. ;-)
Viner Maxima RS 4.0 Forks Weight
This Viner frame comes with full carbon forks, with a carbon steerer tube:
Whilst still lightweight, at 351g these particular Viner Maxima RS 4.0 Forks are 4g heavier than the first set I got… I should have held onto that set instead of returning them with the damaged frame! For comparison, 3T Funda or 3T Rigida forks, which are high end aftermarket or replacement forks weigh 340g.
Part Two: Headset & Fork Installation
Right, so that’s the frame and forks of my Elite Bike Build on a budget sorted, take a look at the second part in this series, where I will go over selecting, buying and installing the headset and cutting the steerer on the fork.
Until then, I hope that this post has been of some use to you and see you again soon!
Note: If you have any questions, comments or points to add feel free to use the comments section at the foot of this page.