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Anvil bikes...Experiences?(9 posts)

Anvil bikes...Experiences?mikebikr
Feb 12, 2002 12:48 PM
Anyone have one? What do you think? I've ordered one from Don and I'm wondering just what to expect???

re: Anvil bikes...Experiences?duh
Feb 12, 2002 12:53 PM
kinda late to be asking now, eh?
re: Anvil bikes...Experiences? OK. Good point.mikebikr
Feb 12, 2002 1:05 PM
I'm very confident in my choice of frame builders and with the level of his craftsmenship. I just wanted to hear from some other Anvil owners.
re: Anvil bikes...Experiences?SteveS
Feb 12, 2002 12:56 PM
I don't own an Anvil but I have spoken via email to Don Ferris on several occasions and was very impressed with his response. He is building up a very fine reputation and I saw a rare example of one of his lugged frames and it was beautiful. You should probably pose this question at the Cycling Talk forum as there are a number of owner there who can give you a response.

Just as an aside, it seems odd that you would order a custom frame from a builder that you did not know enough about to have confidence in his work. The good news that if he follows the form that he has had recently, you should get an outstanding frame.
re: Anvil bikes...Experiences?Sprinter
Feb 12, 2002 1:46 PM
This is a coincidence because I was thinking the same thing. I called them this morning but their answering machine said they were closed (someone died). Check in at They are rabid about him over their and there was just a big thread that talked about him. It may still be up. I've seen two now in DC and they were both very nice. One was a pearl white with different colors of metallic flakes with a carbon fiber rear and fork and it was beautiful. The guy loved it and said it only cost around $1300 with the fork. What are you getting and what is it costing you?
re: Anvil bikes...Experiences?Mikebikr
Feb 13, 2002 5:01 AM
I'm getting a road bike. I guess you knew that. The bike is still in the design phase. I'm still not certain if i'm going to use Columbus Foco or Dedachia Uno(SP). Don has also engineered his own tubibng that Dedachai makes for him. If you send me your email address, I'll send along an email from Don Ferris which includes his basic pricing structure and some incredible pictures. Hey do me a favor...if you order a bike mention my name and he'll knock $50 of off my frame price! Don is due back on Thursday I think.

Mike Maher
For what it's worthNessism
Feb 13, 2002 6:05 AM
I don't have personel experience with Dons work, but he is one of the guys I would trust to build a frame. He seems well connected with his customer base and he reads and post in this and other internet forums. He also is a frequent contributer to the framebuilders email forum where builders can share ideas and thoughts.

I do suggest you do some soul searching in terms of deciding what you want from your frame. Small details do matter when spec'ing a frame so make sure you do your homework. Important considerations include, fit dimensions, what type riding you will do, how stiff you want the frame, crank length, aesthetics, ect. While the weight of the frame is important, it should not be your primary consideration.

Lastly, I'm a big fan of the Dedacciai ZeroUno tubeset. A TIG'ed frame from this stuff should come in somewhere about 3.6 lbs. for a 55 cm frame. It will have medium firm ride characteristics and be quite durable. Foco is a thinner tubeset but it comes in a wider range of tube options in terms of diamaters and tube shapes (such as Megatubes). Foco will generally build up into a lighter frame than ZeroUno and the ride will be more compliant. Of course this is a genreralization so talk to Don first. Good luck.

For what it's worthBolo
Feb 13, 2002 4:31 PM
I'm in the process of having Don build me a frame from Dedacciai EOM 16.5. Right now I'm just trying to finanlize how stiff i want it and paint scheme. The guy has been fantastic responding to my emails and he sure seems to know what he's talking about. I wish I could find some photos of finished roadbikes he's made.
Pictures of Anvils...Anyone elseMikebikr
Feb 14, 2002 6:38 AM
Shoot me your email address. I've got a couple here.