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Nov 27, 2001 4:04 PM
O.K. so I know that I'm opening a can of worms, but I need some suggestions-
I currently have a C40 and I'm thinking of selling for steel of Ti. So here goes...Serotta(CSI/legend ti), Seven(axiom), Indy Fab? I'll take any advice/reviews/other bikes to consider. Please help-
Richard Sachsgtx
Nov 27, 2001 4:17 PM

they're all good...
American Artisan Custom FramebuildersCarbonTi
Nov 27, 2001 5:23 PM
As you currently ride top tier, do the right thing and seek out artists in the field of frame building. They either work alone or in very small shops, mostly in steel with some also in Ti. This segment of the industry is not that big. Such craftsmen might include:

Richard Sachs, Roland Della Santa, JP Weigle, Brian Baylis, Bill (?) Holland, Tom Kellogg, Davidson. There are others.

Stay away from the factories with their marketing-driven drivel. They often promise you a revelation in your riding capabilities as well as promises of frames that deliver perfection across diametrically opposed dynamic frame attributes (i.e. stiffness and compliance). A builder that has the experience of working with and fitting a gamut of cycling atheletes over the years will know things no market-share person can match. The benefit of talking shop with a credible, experienced builder rather than filling out a rider questionnaire is worth the effort.

If you are contemplating Ti versus steel, they'll be lots of opinions given here. You decide. However an emphasis on the ultimate degree of light weight in a bicycle is misdirected. Good luck and have fun.
Second the Baylis...Dad Man Walking
Nov 27, 2001 9:18 PM
Never ridden one or even seen one in person, but the most spectacular frame I have ever seen was a Baylis frame featured in Bicycling Magazine some 15 or more years ago. The detailing of the lugs was unbelievable and the paint job was perfect. I remember that it was very pink and very, very cool. It was art that you could ride.

Only problem is that you it might be too pretty to ride, and what good is a bike hanging over your mantle?

I have heard great things about every other builder in the post above, and would add two others...Columbine and Eisentraut, the latter of whom was known in the 80s for making "the Porsche" of custom bikes. Back then they were all steel, so you didn't say "custom steel bikes." Just "custom."