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VeloBuild is a buyers group first and foremost. The forum only serves to support that group.

VeloBuild is for buyers wishing to have all the benefits and customer service coverage a very large buying group provides with their purchases and builds.

Many forums on the web are free-for-alls with unconfirmed and often very misleading posts. Some are well intended yet not knowledgeable, some are from untested sellers and many are asking the same beginners questions over and over. We are different.

At VeloBuild we are trying to make the whole process as error and pain free as possible...a monumental task considering the language and cultural barriers involved. We communicate with many dealers everyday and the process is still evolving but our skills and results are improving as the buyers group grows.

VeloBuild was started to be a place for buyers groups.  The forum was the best format available for that purpose.  The forum it's self is a closed system for the discussion of pre-purchase, purchase, customer service, member build advice and as an archive of build buying and building knowledge.

NO.  Zero Tolerance policy.  This will get you immediately banned.

If you have come to this website to seek information on buying counterfeit bike parts or if you wish to build a bike using the registered trademark logos of a manufacturer that did not make your bike parts…then you have come to the wrong place.

VeloBuild is for the purchase of near replica or tribute bike parts at a very low cost directly from manufacturers in mainland China and Taiwan.

These replica parts do not use the same technology as parts from major bike brands. If you expecting these under $600 frames to have the exact same handling and ride characteristics of a $6000 + frame then you are kidding yourself. What they will do is give you a fun, solid ride at a very low cost.

Any postings, links and photos discussing the counterfeiting of parts or the use of non-authorized logos and intellectual property not designed and owned by the posting member will result in the immediate deletion of the offending post, photos or links and the member’s IP will be banned from VeloBuild.

YES! 

All sellers in the VeloBuild Mall will do custom painting for a very low price. Usually not more than $73 for 3 colors and $50 for one color decals.

They will recreate your own design from a jpg that you send. Then they send you a JPG back showing their rendering for stencils. Then finally they send you a photo of the finished paint before the frame or product ships out, giving you final approval.

From the many posts on the board and from our experience the paint work from the Chinese vendors is very good. On a scale of 10, we'd rate the jobs 8.5

Most frames, wheels and parts in the VeloBuild Mall are in stock and ready to ship.  In most cases the product will ship in 7 to 14 days if it is in stock and you order no custom parameteres such as matte finish or custom painting.  You will receive a tracking number (if available in your country) at this time.  Most product is shipped EMS from China and is delivered by your local postal delivery.

Custom painting, matte finish and some low stock sizes could add to your delivery estimate.

We have worked very hard to shorten the delivery time.  This process used to take 30 days minimum and often 2 or 3 months or more.  Still delays are possible.  Please watch VeloBuild for annoucements of Holidays or other factors that could delay your order.

Yes, for the brave, skilled and patient of heart there is the Do It Yourself route. Some of the VeloBuilder's have had spectacular results. This is an example of perhaps the best in show" by The Viking - www.velobuild.com/19-paint-and-graphics/...-diy-fm098-paint-job

VENDOR PAINT:
All sellers in the VeloBuild Mall will do custom painting for a very low price. Usually not more than $90 for 3 colors and $50 for one color decals. They will recreate your own design from a jpg that you send. Then they send you a JPG back showing their rendering for stencils. Then finally they send you a photo of the finished paint before the frame or product ships out, giving you final approval. From the many posts on the board and from our experience the paint work from the Chinese vendors is very good. On a scale of 10, we'd rate the jobs 8.5 or better.

DIY PAINT:
Yikes! Yes, for the brave, skilled and patient of heart there is the Do It Yourself route. Some of the VeloBuilder's have had spectacular results. This is an example of perhaps the best in show" by The Viking - www.velobuild.com/19-paint-and-graphics/...-diy-fm098-paint-job

LOCAL PAINT ARTIST:
Since you will have saved so much buying your frame you could consider a local paint artisan. I have seen some beyond category results locally. Motorcycle paint artists are often a good choice.

Figuring out which frame size is the correct one is a bit of a dark art, especially with the Chinese frames as we can't just walk into a shop and compare sizes. I'm posting some resources that I've used in the past, maybe this will help some of you make the right decision. Check and re-check your calculations, take all results with a grain of salt and allow for discrepancies in geometry charts from Chinese carbon suppliers. It's always a good idea to compare the chart calculations against a frame that you already own.

I'll update this as I find more resources, I haven't included body-fit calculators yet. Feel free to chime in with suggestions, make sticky, etc.

FRAME GEOMETRY
bb2stem.blogspot.ca/ - Stack/Reach calculator with comparison between two bikes (my fav)
bikegeo.muha.cc/ - Simple stack/reach calculator
gearinches.com/blog/misc/bike-geometry-comparator - Compare geometry between two bikes, a little complicated and I've had mixed results, the first link is probably your best bet.

STEMS
alex.phred.org/stemchart/Default.aspx - Visual comparison between stem geometries
www.brightspoke.com/t/bike-stem-calculator.html - Stem calculations, compare between two


Have a read through the following website which Provides instructions on measuring and a nifty calculator based on your flexibility and riding style preference Fit Calculator.