First build, input requested

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bradlee787, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. bradlee787

    bradlee787 New Member

    I'm gearing up for my first build, but I'm second guessing myself. I was/am considering using a Genesis Onyx 29",
    . As far as a motor, I can't decide. I beleive I'd like a 4 stroke, but I have a budget.

    Shooting for a budget cap. of $400. My main goals are durability and performance, with appearances being not as important. Any suggestions for a beginner?
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012

  2. Cavi Mike

    Cavi Mike Member

    The rule of thumb is this:
    Performance, Reliability, Budget. Pick 2. You've obviously picked "budget" at $400 so you can't have reliability and performance also. And $400 is pretty low honestly. I think I'd be scouring craigslist first for a bike, pretty much every cruiser is made in china and their quality is on par with each other. Also, look in the for-sale section here for an engine. I think you'll sacrifice performance for reliability so stay away from the china-girl engines.
  3. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Member

    Consider buying a good used setup like this one:

    This was just like my first engine build. It was perfect for me back then.

    Then get a used quality bike from craigslist.

    If there's a college nearby, place an ad on their bulletin boards. At the local university, there's a buyer who offers $20 to students wishing to sell their bikes.