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Custom Aluminum(4 posts)

Custom AluminumGreyhound
Mar 31, 2002 11:37 AM
What is the difference between, say, an easton scandium bike with cinelli carbon seat stays from Dean, Teschner, Sano Bikes, or Strong frames? They all build custom bikes out of various materials, so how do I figure out where the differences are. I know Teschner has a good reputation from building the Fuji team bikes, and Sano bikes has built bikes for Marin and GT. I saw Strong frames at Sea Otter, and was impressed. Any opinions on any of these builders is apreciated.

Greyhound
re: Custom AluminumMe Dot Org
Mar 31, 2002 9:52 PM
I have a Strong frame with Carve Carbon Seat Stays, and I love it. However, it is Foco steel, so I have nothing to say about his scandium frames.

Carl Strong was a very decent guy to work with on this frame.
re: Custom AluminumTonyR
Apr 1, 2002 10:08 AM
Greyhound:
Two others to look at are Russ Denny (San Diego area), and Tiemeyer (Colorado). The former also makes bikes for Elite, while the later used to do Track/TT bikes for GT. They both seem to specialize in Aluminum. I've seen bikes from both companies and they are very well done. I can't say that I know anything about pricing, but I'd bet they wouldn't be any more expensive than the brands that you have listed.

I think the key is finding a builder who you're comfortable working with. In otherwords he builds a good product, and is responsive to your needs. All those discussed seem to fit into the former category, but since Teschner is in Australia, that could be a deciding factor (against). From my observation, Strong seem more inclined to build steel bikes, but that could just be my impression.

Wish I could help you out more, but that's about all I know. BTW, I think aluminum tends to get unduly flamed on this forum. A custom frame made from this material is as good, if not better than one made from TI, CF or steel. Just check out what most of the pro's are riding. Like someone said once, if it's good enough to make airplanes out of, it should be good enough to make bikes from (I paraphrased).

TR

Oops I almost forgot to mention Ellsworth (San Diego). He'll make you a very nice custom aluminum frame, but he is pricy.
Chris Huber as well. Scotts Valley, CA. nmTroyboy
Apr 2, 2002 7:45 AM