Re: How much did your build cost?
My first build was pretty cheap. The 2-stroke kit I got from ebay for ~125, think it was ~$150 or so with shipping. The bike it went on I got from a friends, family owned, pawn shop, for $19.20. It was a decent mountain bike and everything on the bike worked well, no tune up needed.
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