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Independent Fabrications(21 posts)

Independent Fabricationsmtbroadie
Jul 17, 2001 3:06 PM
I heard they are in Redwood City? I'd like to talk to them about their frames or at least look at some promotional material but I can't get a phone number or pull up the web site
I believe they are sold through Palo Alto Bicyles but I'd rather find a dealer near Alameda/Oakland. Any ideas?
Also, anyone ride one of these? All the reviews are positive. How is the ride and what level of finish (paint, fork, stem) customization do you get?

re: Independent Fabricationsmtbroadie
Jul 17, 2001 3:16 PM
I just realized Steelman in in RC. I am interested in IF at any rate. I wonder where they are located?

re: Independent FabricationsDAS
Jul 17, 2001 3:25 PM
IF is back east somewhere. I believe they use Reynolds 853. I know a couple guys who ride their mtn bikes and Single Speeds. I've heard nothing but raving. Sorry, that's all I know!
re: Independent Fabricationsquinroo
Jul 17, 2001 3:24 PM
i've never ridden one, but i hear great things. they're located in somerville, ma-- or near there.
one more thing...quinroo
Jul 17, 2001 3:41 PM
to add to this: IF does lost of customizations. especially the paint job. i can't pull the website up either, but it was up until recently. when you do see it, check out their custom paint jobs-- anything from flames and smiley faces and flowers to nice fades.
sorry, another one more thingquinroo
Jul 17, 2001 3:45 PM
i snagged their phone number (i'm pretty sure) 617-666-3609. you can try email also: or
re: Independent Fabricationsmtbroadie
Jul 17, 2001 4:07 PM
Thanks for the information. This may seem anal but I'd really like to buy from a Bay Area builder. 1. I'd like to go there for the fit, 2. I can work directly if there are any issues. 3. I'd rather support a smaller local guy, 4. I figure the "true custom experience" involves working directly with the builder.

If Eisentraut was cooler I'd go that route and still may. It would give me pleasure to have "Made in Oakland" on my frame. I also am interested in Steelman and will try to swing by tomorrow.

I know Sycip and Mikkelsen (actually moved to Alameda) but I like the other guys better for road.

So many choices, so much fun!

re: Independent Fabricationsquinroo
Jul 17, 2001 4:49 PM
i don't know many bay area ones, but there's a guy in napa named curtis inglis who does fully custom frames-- road, mountain, you pick the materials. i don't know a number for him, or much about the bikes, but my boyfriend has been dreaming of a custom bike from him. he thinks he's good, for what that's worth.
All the names you have listed are wonderful builders.2 Phil's and a Dean
Jul 17, 2001 5:05 PM
My Phil mtn bikes are welded by Sycip and good stuff but they are slower than snot. IF is awsome, good people and usually on time. Steelman would be a very good choice also...
They all build diffrent so get a package that fits you...

Good luck
re: Independent FabricationsHank
Jul 17, 2001 5:46 PM
Eisentraut isn't cool? Huh?

For the money it's hard to touch the Steelman SR 525 - that would be my pick if I was buying a road frame today. Steelman is also a very cool guy.
Moody..... (nm)2 Phil's and a Dean
Jul 17, 2001 7:09 PM
Jul 17, 2001 7:13 PM
yeah, that was the impression I got in the few dealings I had with him. I also heard his wife had money...
Good call HankMike Prince
Jul 18, 2001 1:07 AM
I have a new Steelman and can say nothing but good things about them. I have the 853 frame but considered the 525 and in the end justified the extra cash for the higher end tubing. Send them an e-mail and Brent responds personally. When I got my frame I had a component problem unrelated to Steelman and Brent called me on my cell phone (an international call) to try and help. Also, lead times are only a few weeks for in-stock frames.

By the way, IF is in Somerville, MA ( and their Crown Jewel frame is a mix of 853, Foco and True Temper tubing. I think the main tubes are 853, the head tube True Temper and the stays are the Columbus tubing.

Have fun!
Your right on the money Mike (nm)2 Phil's and a Dean
Jul 18, 2001 8:19 AM
Bay Area buildersDAS
Jul 18, 2001 10:28 AM
I agree, I like to go with local steel guys as a matter of principle. I have a Ritchey, a Sycip (Phil Wood), and Ibis. Steelman is reputable, don't count out Soulcraft. There are so many options, and it's hard to badmouth any of these guys. I know several people who have gone into Steelman and gotten fitted and customized. They loved the whole experience.
Jul 18, 2001 10:38 AM
in San Diego area. Custom, titanium.
Yea it's too bad.....2 Phil's and a Dean
Jul 18, 2001 11:19 AM
He does not do steel anymore. He claims he does not have the time, I hope that is true.....Would be a shame if he thinks he is above the so called cheaper stuff.
Rumor has it there is someone working with J.B that will do steel with Bill's fit.
Don't forget Ed LittonRacer-X
Jul 18, 2001 10:56 AM
He's another local builder who does great work. I don't know anyone who doesn't love their Steelman, but if you want lugs, go with Ed.

999 W Cutting Blvd
Richmond, CA
(510) 237-1132
it may be great, but they gotta do something about that nameET
Jul 18, 2001 5:00 AM
Can't they come up with something more snazzy? It sounds like they just picked any generic name outa the hat, like General Manufacturers. OTOH, those dreamy traditional Italian names, man do they do something for the bike!
those dreamy namesudope
Jul 18, 2001 5:23 AM
are just the last names of the builders... geez! It could be worse- Seven... how creative.
duh! I did not know that :-)ET
Jul 18, 2001 5:49 AM
Don't you have a sense of humor, er, humero? :-)

You're right; Seven ain't too great. Don't like Ibis either.