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New to the CX World...Looking for advice on a custom frame(15 posts)

New to the CX World...Looking for advice on a custom frameSJT
Jan 17, 2003 11:29 AM
This is my first post on these boards, but I have lurked/posted on for about two years now. I have a couple of friends that ride solely on the road and would like to join them on some of their rides. My mountain bikes just won't cut it though so I'm looking to build up a new bike for the road/smooth trails. A CX bike looks to be the perfect solution.

Now that I have a decent job, I'd like my next bike frame to be custom made and have looked at many of the popular custom steel frame builders (Curtlo, Strong, Sycip, IF, Waterford, True North, etc.). I know I'll get a great frame out of any of those places, but being new to this kind of riding has me a bit worried about not knowing what I'll want in a CX bike. I also don't want to spend money on a production CX bike and regret not spending a couple of extra dollars for a custom built. Anyone here go straight to a custom CX frame coming from riding solely mountain bikes? Any tips on getting a custom frame built would be great. Thanks.
re: New to the CX World...Looking for advice on a custom framedlbcx
Jan 17, 2003 12:30 PM
Give Brent Steelman a call. I bought an Eurocross from him and it rides great! He is a patient guy and will work with you.
re: New to the CX World...Looking for advice on a custom frameatpjunkie
Jan 17, 2003 12:55 PM
Yes I'd 2nd the Steelman, Kelly also does custom work. All makers you mentioned build great bikes. I just see more Steelmans, Kelly's, Sycips and IF's (the first 3 co.'s are here out west) at the races. Steelman and Kelly are big in the cx gig out here. Rode a steelman....sweeeeet.
re: New to the CX World...Looking for advice on a custom framedlbcx
Jan 20, 2003 6:34 AM
Yep, the ride is great. Now, Brent has came out with a new version with lighter tubing...the last few races I did, I saw guys on these new frames w/ the Alpha Q fork.
So, check out the classifieds on NCNCA website since some of these guys are unloading their older Steelmans.
re: Buy a complete production bike..jrm
Jan 17, 2003 5:20 PM
ride it see if you like CX bikes and then swap out the production frame for a custom one and swap the gruppo.

Thats what i did sorta. i sold the first CX bike and Ultimately, bought a nicer complete production bike and im real pleased with my choice.
re: Buy a complete production bike..atpjunkie
Jan 17, 2003 5:35 PM
tend to agree. I bought/built up 2 bikes for the cost of one of those frames. search the web and/or bike swaps. it's end of the season sale time!
I.F. crossERoman
Jan 20, 2003 9:39 AM
I have not ridden a Steelman so I can't compare one to my I.F. Planet X, but the ride is out of control nice. The thing I.F. now offers is custom geometry at the same price as a standard set up. The ride is smooth and welds look like they aren't even there. Another point about the I.F. is the paint jobs. I was at InterBike this year and no other paint came close. If a bike to last and be the nicest looking set (frame/fork) can't go wrong with one. I love mine and ride it on the road and on the tight singletrack in central PA with a smile from ear to ear....good luck and check them out...
Steelman Tubingatpjunkie
Jan 20, 2003 11:01 AM
Brent is using the new True Temper tubing. They also make the Alpha Q fork. I think they've teamed up. I think Steelman is now a True Temper guy. Methinks a good thing
STeelman Eurocross the only way to go!!TB
Jan 20, 2003 5:58 PM
I guess I am a bit biased as I have three Steelman's, but I have also had an IF Crown Jewel (not a CX bike I know) and I think Brent's bikes are head and shoulders above the IF. As far as I know Brent makes every one of the frames himself. I met him in San Francisco for the GP race and he remebered the single speed Eurocross I have. He is very patient and very willing to work with you. he is also very into CX so he knows how a CX should be built. I love my Steelmans, and I know you would be very happy with one too.
STeelman Eurocross the only way to go!!atpjunkie
Jan 20, 2003 6:58 PM
he sponsors a lot of riders in a variety of levels in cx so I say love those who love ya back. Go Brent
what's your budget?Ash
Jan 23, 2003 10:07 AM
If you've got the cash to laydown, Steelman, Sycip, BREW, IF, Kelly, lots of big names lots of nice steel rigs.

If you're on a budget there is still a LOT of value out there in custom builders. - Incredible price of $495 for Zona frame and fork $100 upcharge for Foco. Most big names start at $800 and up for just the Frame. I just got one. Full review to come once the weather warms up and I can actually ride it. So far its awesome. Canadian Xchange rate makes for excellent value

Teesdale can work something up in the $600+ range.
Budget = $1,500-1,600US for complete bike nmSJT
Jan 23, 2003 12:42 PM
Budget = $1,500-1,600US for complete bike nmatpjunkie
Jan 23, 2003 12:53 PM
check the classifieds here and ebay. it's end of the season sale time!
re: New to the CX World...Looking for advice on a custom framekiwisimon
Jan 26, 2003 2:22 AM
Me I like the ritchey swiss cross .Tom Ritchey knows how to build his bikes and you'll get such a sweet ride esp with the swept seat stays.Being a mountain biker you'll appreciate the ritchey factor as well.Which ever way you go just make sure you get steel, better ride and more soul than alumi bikes
good luck
Ritchey GOOD CALL nmatpjunkie
Jan 27, 2003 3:30 PM