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Independent Fabrication crown jewel? pros and cons?(7 posts)

Independent Fabrication crown jewel? pros and cons?gsxrawd
Jun 4, 2002 11:43 PM
looking at a IF crown jewel, any one have any comments (good or bad)? some people say "steel is real" are the IF frames really all that ?
re: Independent Fabrication crown jewel? pros and cons?Cliplessjoe
Jun 5, 2002 3:04 AM
I've had mine for about a month, and so far, I'm loving it. I'm coming from a Bianchi Eros, so I'm used to steel and have never ridden anything else for comparison. But this is an incredibly light steel -- Columbus 853 for the most part -- and is as light as many titanium bikes.

I went with a custom. My bike shop spent a morning fitting me properly, so the bike feels exactly right. (I needed a slacker seat tube angle.) I got the frame in about six weeks, which was exactly what was predicted.

What impresses me most about this bike is how accurately it holds a line. I just think about where I want to go and I'm there. Surgical precision. And it is fast! (I set it up with a triple, since I'm not young and I ride a lot of hills, but I'm finding I hardly use the granny gear at all now. In fact, I'm usually in the big ring.)

I do find myself standing for potholes, as I always did, so you might want to consider a carbon fork.

Of course, I spent a bundle on this bike, so I have to love it, right? But I do.
Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel ProsDan Q
Jun 5, 2002 6:05 AM
I have had one for about 1 1/2 years and love it. The bike assembely is top notch. In fact if you want to see every step they go through in building one, go to ifbikes.com and they have pictures and explainations of it all. The paint jobs are the most beautiful I have ever seen. They are also a great employee owned company and will go out of their way to accomidate you. I have never had a road bike that wasn't steel so I can't comment on other materials. The only cons to buying one are cost. They are very expensive and after putting down all that $$ you won't want to put cheap parts on it. That adds up to a very expensive bike. If you want economy there are definately very nice frames out there that cost hundereds less. They are fun to own though, and even my friends on custom Ti bikes admit to being envious of it.
re: Independent Fabrication crown jewel? pros and cons?xxx
Jun 5, 2002 6:53 AM
I currently own a Crown Jewel after having owned a multitude of different bikes (Colnago Tecnos, OCLV, Merlin EL, Bianchi boron to name a few). IMO, the IF is better than all, save the Colnago. The folks at IF are wonderful to work with and really know thier stuff; the paint job is the best I have ever seen. In terms of handling, the Crown Jewel soaks up bumps nicely while providing the famous ride that only a steel frame can. The IF fork, while being a bit heavy compared to carbon, adds a high degree of handling precision to the ride. I have been extremely happy with the Crown Jewel and would absolutely buy another IF.
Jtolleson didn't have such a good experience.Sintesi
Jun 5, 2002 7:46 AM
If this link works you can read all about it. Doesn't knock the bike just the way she was treated.

Starliner "My crummy IF experience" 2/28/02 9:03am
Jtolleson didn't have such a good experience.jtolleson
Jun 5, 2002 2:13 PM
All true, all true. No one can say that they don't build a quality and beautiful rig, but the customer service snafus left me frustrated.
re: Independent Fabrication crown jewel? pros and cons?gtx
Jun 5, 2002 2:05 PM
pros: you probably won't spend much time worrying that you might have gotten a better tig steel frame somewhere else

cons: price, too many paint options

also consider: Steelman