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Custom Steel CX Forksatpjunkie
Jan 29, 2003 5:31 PM
hey have a friend looking for a custom steel fork. No unicrown, wants a crown and a smooth sweep, not straight or with a quick bend. more of a traditional fork. anyone know anyone out there who does this?

re: Custom Steel CX ForksJakob
Jan 29, 2003 6:02 PM
How about a Jitensha?

Also, the forks on my Gunnar and Surly are both pretty traditional looking, but maybe not as smoothly swept as, say, a Rivendell fork.
re: Custom Steel CX Forksatpjunkie
Jan 29, 2003 6:44 PM
will have to check the Surly. The Gunnar like the Waterford is a little to abrupt of a sweep. That jitensha may work

Don Ferris/Anvil Bikestriangleforge
Jan 30, 2003 6:48 AM
Don Ferris at Anvil bikes quoted me a fantastic price on a full custom fork a while back. He does beautiful work TIG'd or brazed, and at a very reasonable price. His frames & forks generally go to Spectrum for powdercoating. You can contact him through his website at

Tell him 3TriangleForge sent 'ya!

(One of these days, I've got to get an Anvil!)

re: Custom Steel CX ForksJwag
Jan 30, 2003 9:47 AM
You may want to contact Alpine Designs. Toby is making me a full CX bike with custom steel fork. He will do a 1 inch or 1 1/8. Good Luck

His e-mail is
Alpine DesignsRyan Scott
Jan 30, 2003 7:00 PM
It is such a pity Alpine Designs had promise but I was very disappointed with the actual end product. Sandpoint is such a beautiful place to live and ride. The guys at Alpine Design went overseas to turn out very cheap quality at an average price. It is a pity that they didn't hire quality welders who could live and ride in a beautiful low cost area and turn out an outstanding product. i.e. Chris King, Independent Fab, etc.

Argue if you want,

But I saw it all first hand.
Alpine DesignsJwag
Jan 30, 2003 9:01 PM

What do you think they do overseas??
Alpine DesignsRyan Scott
Jan 31, 2003 4:19 PM
If this is the Alpine Designs out of Sandpoint Idaho run by Toby and Andy Fueling. I think that the frames are all done overseas and painted and labeled by Alpine Designs. I know that that is not a handmade bike. I am sure that they have a market for these bikes but I think that that market should be K-mart or Walmart.

Be Veeeery Careful!!!Jwag
Feb 1, 2003 4:30 PM
Sounds like you have an axe to grind

When you start making accusations and spewing false information about someones livelihood without bothering to do the research to back becomes dangerous.

Lets see, where to start.

Not a single Alpine Designs frame has been made in Taiwan since 1998. For a short period of time following that, Alpine contracted out some frame building to small independent US builders. However, now ALL frames are manufactured in the US by Alpine in their own shop. You may want to do a little background next time. I am sure that Toby would invite you up to his shop to see it all firsthand.

Also, his brother has not been involved for several years.

For the record, I have no affiliation to Alpine other than the fact that they are the builders of my CX frame.
Sorry Not possibleRyan Scott
Feb 1, 2003 7:58 PM
I lived in the same town as the Alpine Designs shop. I have taken my bike in for service there (Bad Idea) and I have even gone there for the emergency must have part. I saw the bikes on the shop floor and have even seen the boxes of out sourced frames being delivered. I saw all of these things happening as late as Dec 01. I have not since been back, but I had many first hand experiences with Alpine Designs from 1997 to present and none of them were Good.... inexperienced wrenches, ripped off customers, inflated prices, and just some real piss poor attitudes from the company. I am not going to point any fingers at Toby I am sure he is a nice guy but I have never had any experience with him, just his shop, the bikes and people that make it Alpine Designs. So until I am convinced of anything different I will tell every one of my first hand experiences with this company.

Be Veeeery Careful!!!
Well, Then I guessJwag
Feb 2, 2003 7:12 AM
That the frame I saw being brazed was not really a frame at all, and the frame I took of picture of while hanging to dry, a big fake. Just an elaborate sound stage similar to our government fooling us about landing on the moon. You got me.
The FrameJwag
Feb 2, 2003 7:16 AM
Almost done
The FrameJ Barton
Feb 12, 2003 9:21 AM
Alpine Designs bikes ARE hand made in the shop now. I am currently having a custom True Temper S3 road frame made for me as we speak. Looks great so far, I will post some pictures as soon as it is done. Customer service has been great for me since I move to Sandpoint from Las Vegas.
Arm Chair Mechanicbiker1
Feb 12, 2003 1:33 PM
Ryan, I wish we could have met or still meet up. It would be interesting to see who you are. Hope that whatever your doing and wherever that might be is working out for you. Ride with Pride brother - here's some recent photos from Alpine Designs - The shoppe you love to hate.

re: Custom Steel CX Forksbiker1
Feb 13, 2003 10:46 PM
Hey there atp junkie. I have come upon this question of yours thanks to some of my customers informing me of it. Looks like we have one guy here in this thread with an axe to grind but all in all he's pretty misinformed and way off the mark. So lets not dwell in the negative and instead look at solving your need for fork for your buddy. We handcraft a fork here in our shop that is pretty much exactly what ya want. I have stock as a matter of fact. Ready to paint to the color of your choice all for $175.00 plus shipping. True temper blades, Henry James dropouts and an Everest investment cast crown - 1" or 1 1/8". Just email me at if you'd like more pictures of the product and of course... the process.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Alpine Designs Bikes
Hey..Wait a minuteJwag
Feb 13, 2003 10:57 PM
Thats my fork! ....Looks Good Toby