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Custom Frame Advice Requested(10 posts)

Custom Frame Advice Requestedsteve1244
Mar 14, 2003 9:04 AM
Me: 6'1" and about 225 lbs. Live in a hilly area and ride a lot of hills. I ride between 100 and 150 miles/week.

My Current Bike: LS Classic 57 w/full Ultegra, for the last five years. Love it, but as I've gotten stronger and in better shape, it's gotten a bit flexy.

I would like to get another bike, either custom Ti or custom steel, with a stiffer ride, hopefully without sacrificing much in comfort. Weight, of course, is a consideration, but not the overriding factor in making the choice in terms of maker and material. I'm looking to spend less than $4.5K on the bike, which I'm planning on equipping w/full Chorus.

So, the question: Custom Ti or custom steel and built by whom?

I appreciate your input.
here are a few I like.the bull
Mar 14, 2003 9:36 AM
Try serotta there are some shops out there that have a size cycle and can fit you well.
Also Landshark and Independent Fabrication
Serotta and IF both do steel and ti.
I think land shark is only steel.
re: Custom Frame Advice Requestedoutacontrol
Mar 14, 2003 9:56 AM
I have been looking at going custom myself, checked into Serotta, Seven, Independent Fabrication, and Strong Racing Frames. I'm going with the Strong. You can give Carl a call and he will build you a nice bike for a much better price than the others listed above. Plus you work with him directly.
re: Custom Frame Advice RequestedCaseysdad
Mar 14, 2003 10:05 AM
This may fall slightly above your target price, but if you're considering custom ti, you owe it to yourself to check out Spectrum Cycles. Tom Kellogg is one of the true masters and will be able to provide you with the optimal combination of tubing, geometry, etc. - particularly if you are a larger/heavier rider who is looking for a stiff ti frame. At the very least, check out the Spectrum website and take advantage of all of the excellent educational information available there.
Stay close to home.dzrider
Mar 14, 2003 10:23 AM
The difference in quality between the best frame builders isn't that great. Experience meeting them, seeing their work and how they do it, and being fit and measured in person. I consider it part of the luxury of a custom bike.
I'm having a frame built by this guy................davet
Mar 14, 2003 12:59 PM

He's a very experienced cyclist and can make one tailored to your specific requirements and needs.

One thing. Any custom builder, worth his salt, is going to have a long lead time this time of year. 3 to 6 months may not be unusual.
for me it would be...gtx
Mar 14, 2003 3:10 PM
for me it would be...stratslingr77
Mar 14, 2003 5:49 PM
You can also check out Mondonico. He does Italian steel and a couple of aluminum frames, but his forte is definately lugged steel. Trouble is, you've got to wait for him to come to the states from Italy to measure you, then you've got to wait for him to build it and ship it back to the states. I chose that route and the wait is agonizing! Should be here soon, though...anyway, check it out at
Mar 14, 2003 5:48 PM
I have 2 Custom Waterford 2200 (853R) rides which I love....however the custom fit is ONLY going to be as good as the geometry & dimensions as determined by your 'fitter'..MAKE SURE that you get a 'fitter' thats knowledgable, also I receive compliments on the workmanship, paint, lugs, etc. everytime I ride.....Fantastic Workmanship....I believe it was about $4200 -4300 for full Campy Record10 & I have DA group on the other. I suggest you also look into Dave's Speed Dream wheels (~$525 delivered; and is a better/equal ride than XLs)
Speedplay X2s & Brook's Swift saddle weighs in at <19# ....fantastic rides!
Try Tet Cycles as wellStewartK
Mar 16, 2003 11:31 AM