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revised review of custom Alan Wanta frame - SS/geared(6 posts)

revised review of custom Alan Wanta frame - SS/gearedAsh
Dec 9, 2003 9:18 AM
Hi all,
I posted a review of a custom frame I got from a builder in CA named Alan Wanta
last year. There were some issues with the frame that have been corrected and just wanted to post a followup.

I wanted a cross frame, but have a sizing issue requiring a short top tube, so custom was the only way to go. For this bike I wanted the best bang for the $$.

Alan's prices are incredible, and were half of most big name custom builders. He quoted me $495 for Zona including a fork, and $595 for FOCO with a fork (your choice of 1" or 1 1/8". That was last year, so not sure what prices are now.

I speced the dimensions, and some details such as:
-slightly sloping top tube, not compact, just a slight slope
-Surly single speed track end with a rear der. tab
-extended head tube to cut down on # of spacers
-1" fork, 135mm rear spacing

Everything else was left to builder. He used fillet brazed construction, and a lug at the BB. He also puts some noodle work for routing der cables out of the muck.

The original frame had problems with the rear canti bosses and the rear canti cable hanger. Frame was rideable, so we decided to just ride it for awhile and then send it back anytime I wanted for repair / repaint.

Sent it back to fix the rear brake issues, and also requested that he cut the seat tube down lower. He designs an extended seat tube, and I would prefer more post showing for my own aesthetic reasons and to clamp the bike into the stand by the post.

He fixed the rear brake problems, and cut the seat tube down (which he did not have to do ) at no cost, and also let me repaint it at no cost. The paint is done by The Color Factory in NJ. This guy does and awesome job at an incredible price. I will send my wife's road bike to him for sure.

Everything works like a charm now.

The only con's to the build IMHO is the use of non-slotted cable guides.

If I were to do it again, I would change a few things in my design
-not spec such an extended head tube. it makes for difficult routing of the front brake to the front brake hanger
-Not spec a sloping top tube. The shorter than normal top tube already makes a tighter shoulder fit and the slope makes it more tight
-spec a 1 1/8 fork

Here is the build:
-XTR/Velocity rims build my Mike at
-Kenda cheap as dirt, cross tires
-Tektro Oryx canti brakes (These rule!! $17 from LBS, Classic wide profile design but with V brake type pads. Stock pads aren't too good, but I can spec koolstops or ritcheys or whatever)
-Shimano 600 levers
-ITM bar
-Closeout nashbar stem
-Cane creek S2 aheadset
-8speed shimano barcons
-thomson post
-Serfas saddle
-real crankcase BB
-Suntour XC pro crank
-Salsa 34 tooth SS inner ring, 46 tooth Real outer ring
-SPD pedals
-Real 8speed cassette
-old 105 front der
-old 105 rear der

Bike rides awesome. Solid and stable on fire roads. Fun to set up SS or geared, Incredible value for the $$

If you can handle not having a big name and can wait a little while (he does this part time) check it out.

attached is a pic of the rear drop out with more pics to follow.
closeup of noodle work for routing der. cablesAsh
Dec 9, 2003 9:19 AM
the whole packageAsh
Dec 9, 2003 9:20 AM
Old School!triangleforge
Dec 9, 2003 10:41 AM
Some of us are of an age where we remember when ALL road bikes (good ones, at least) used to route the cables up top of the BB shell like that!

Color Factory?Liberace
Dec 9, 2003 7:15 PM
Where is this paint shop located? Is there a website?
Color Factory Contact infoAsh
Dec 11, 2003 1:32 PM
23 Main Street
Waretown,NJ 08758

the owner is Bruce.

If you call he will send a package which includes several color chips and prices.