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I've pretty much given up on stock bikes. Some companies make it brutal to buy a frame only (see new Trek Slash for an example) but with the right frame choice I feel I can create better value for myself.
Just one example, all the X01 bikes coming with a GX cassette and chain where I would invert that parts selection. Or going with an all-steel Deore 12spd cassette for the durability mixed, a Deore derailleur because who can tell the difference between that and XT, and then an XTR shifter for that boutique shifting feeling that you now spend $12,000 to get on a complete bike.
Give me Aeffect R cranks with a Chris King rear hub. The cheapest PNW dropper post with a good saddle. Magura MT-5 brakes and great tires. It really isn't that hard but I get where companies spec'ing completes are bound by groupsets/levels/expectations.
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