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Independent Fabrication(4 posts)

Independent FabricationNBrown
Jan 4, 2002 8:41 PM
Does anybody have experience with steel frames from Independent Fabrication? How are they?
Word on the streetNessism
Jan 5, 2002 6:39 AM
IF has a good reputation for building a high quality product. They use high grade components and don't cut corners in assembly.

Their framesets are quite pricy however considering what they are. There are many many framebuilders that will TIG weld a steel frame together for less money than IF.

As a side note to the main question about IF, a conventional TIG welded steel frame makes for a great ride. Very high value in terms of durability and ride quality. Just make sure the tubes are sized for the desired ride quality/stiffness and NOT sized for some mystical low weight number that is only meaningful when your frame is on a scale.
Word on the streetNBrown
Jan 5, 2002 8:01 AM
Thanks a lot. That's very helpful.
re: Independent Fabricationmerckx56
Jan 5, 2002 9:00 AM
in my experience in working in shops, those who have gotten i.f.'s have been very pleased with the ride quality and the craftsmanship. they make very nice steel frames that are worth the money. everyone thinks that steel is too expensive and too heavy. a good steel bike will last for a long time and deliver the ride quality you are looking for.
as for the weight, we built an i.f. with dura-ace, mavic ksyriums and off the shelf accessories, with some compromise between weight and durability, and the complete bike came out to 18.6 pounds with pedals! go to www.ifbikes.com, get their phone # and call 'em. talk to steve elmes or ed magrecke. granted, they work for i.f., but they will tell you the truth and help you make the right decision, be it an i.f. or something else!