9 months ago
Today I'm happy to announce the launch of Cycling Builder!
A few years ago we decided to start development on a site dedicated to cycling enthusiasts and do-it-yourself bicycle builders. Cycling Builder provides component selection, pricing, and compatibility guidance. Pick your parts, build your bike, and we’ll show you where to find the cheapest prices while checking that everything will work together.
Cycling Builder is an offshoot of PCPartPicker, a similar site for do-it-yourself computer builders. We felt that the process of building a computer shared a lot with building a bike, albeit with vastly different product attributes and compatibility constraints. After a lot of iteration we’re ready to open it up for people to test out. I’m glad you’re here, and I’d love to get your thoughts on what we’ve done so far.
As with many sites, Cycling Builder is a work in progress. We’re continually adding new components to our database, but if you don’t find something you want to use let us know and we’ll prioritize getting it added in. There are a bit over 6,000 parts in the database, and we have several thousand more in the queue getting added as fast as we can.
Like PCPartPicker, Cycling Builder provides compatibility guidance. We'll make sure the wheelset fits your frame, the drivetrain components work together, etc. The compatibility checking automatically limits component selection as you choose parts, making the selection process quicker and simpler. While we aren’t able to check every aspect of a build, we are able to factor in many tedious and sometimes challenging areas like bottom brackets and drivetrains. There are areas that we’re overly cautious (such as cross-manufacturer and mixed-speed shifting), and other areas we aren’t able to cover well (such as chainstay / crank clearance). We’ll continue to iterate on it, improve it, and dial it in.
For everyone who as asked us about this site and when it would be ready, I greatly appreciate your patience. It has been in development for a long time, but the day is finally here to open it up for people to play with. I hope you like it and find it useful!