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joe williams frames?(6 posts)

joe williams frames?bird dog
Jun 11, 2003 7:34 PM
any one out there have a williams frame that they would live to comment on? He is a small builder in the harrisbug PA area.im thinking about having him build a frame for me. just looking for some honest input.thanks
re: joe williams frames?KG 361
Jun 11, 2003 8:01 PM
Don't have one, but I know several people that do and LOVE them. He was a builder @ Serotta, from what I understand. He just recently did a bike for a guy that I know that is semi-compact (it's a small frame), Renolds Ouzo cf fork and cf seat-stays. Beautiful bike! (Campy record 10 on it.) My only criticism of some older Williams frames were that the paint jobs were boring. Not anymore. Really nice bike. I just may go that way with my next one. Highly recommend them.
re: joe williams frames?Ray Sachs
Jun 12, 2003 9:01 AM
Joe works out of Shirks Bike Shop in Lancaster County, PA, a pretty good way from Harrisburg. I've seen a number of his bikes and like them a lot. He had one really wild one where the chainstays came together in some sort of frog head pattern near the bottom bracket that was sort of interesting but ultimately kind of ugly. But most of his frames are really nice and understated. I think he only does lugs, but he might do some fillet brazing. The few folks I know who ride his frames are all very happy with them - he'll build for whatver sort of riding/position you want. I haven't checked in a while, but I think he's pretty reasonably priced too.

-Ray
He also works out of World Cup ski & bike in Harrisburg.KG 361
Jun 12, 2003 12:58 PM
He's been building quite a few recently.
re: joe williams frames?Will Ross
Jun 12, 2003 2:32 PM
While at Shirks, I held in my hands a beautiful frame made from True Temper S3 with a carbon fork that was very light and clean. I've heard -- don't know if it's true -- that he has some very specific ideas about what he's building, so you might have to stick up for what you want. He has a good rep, though, and if the frame I saw was any indication, he's on the cutting edge of what the latest techno-steel is capable of. If I was looking for another steel frame (love my fillet braised Moser Leader Ax), Joe Williams would be on my short list of frame builders to consider. Obviously, and sadly, I can offer nothing concerning how his bikes ride. I do see a bunch of them around here, though.
re: joe williams frames?mapei boy
Jun 12, 2003 2:55 PM
And of course he sings the blues like nobody's business.