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Jun 30, 2003 4:46 AM
Anyone got any advice on finding a good custom builder. Is there anywhere I can find the current group of builders compared and contrasted for product and value by an independent source? I've been looking at Sachs, Oswald, Moon, Teesdale, Eisentraut, Rivendale, Kellogg, Curtlo, Moots. (Sachs, Moots, Rivendell are a bit out of my price frame for a steel bike frame and fork).

I have up to 1500 to spend and want to get the best deal, but it is hard to tell where to go when each of their sites seems to make each out as the best? Any help would be appreciated, I live in Japan and I am limited in my ability to visit any of the builders. Anyone know the name of the Japanese builder who makes Rivendell's non-custom line? Thanks for any help.
www.strongframes.comterry b
Jun 30, 2003 5:36 AM
highly recommended.
strong is also having a sale...MXL02
Jun 30, 2003 5:38 AM
Several of their frames are on ebay for closeout. Unless you really need a custom frame, you might be able to pick up an "off the rack" one for a great price.
I'll second thatmickey-mac
Jun 30, 2003 5:39 AM
I've had my Strong Foco for over two years and couldn't be happier with it.
another vote for StrongPicshooter
Jun 30, 2003 7:53 AM
I have had a FOCO for over a year. No complaints. Great deal for the price and personal service.
I agree, check those closeouts.
what about japanese builders?moschika
Jun 30, 2003 9:06 AM
i just ordered a custom curtlo roadbike and hope to have it in a couple of months. i have one of his mtbs and like that bike so much i went back for another roadbike. i can only give him my highest recommendation.

but if you're in japan there are lots of frame builders doing quality work.

here are a some links of some japanese frame builders, i'm assuming you can read japanese, i just liked looking at the pictures. you could probably contact Rivendell about who builds their frames in Japan. who knows maybe some of these guys is your local frame builder.

hope this helps
brew is under your price (nm)andy02
Jun 30, 2003 9:42 AM
Jun 30, 2003 11:22 AM
Have you thought about Kelly? Http:// I've been very happy with my custom Kelly mtb. His turn around time is also very reasonable.
Jun 30, 2003 1:21 PM
Does the $1500 cover the frame, or the complete bike?

If it's the frame, I think you have a lot of options.

TiCycles in Seattle does some great work in steel (I have a steel track Softride they made, and I couldn't be happier with it).

Landshark? Somewhere in Oregon, as I recall. A few teammates of mine had Landsharks, and really liked them.

There's a builder in the Spokane area, the name escapes me (Lamont?), that does some pretty inexpensive work also.
You have a ton of options in that range. Check out my buddybill
Jun 30, 2003 3:08 PM
Matt at I bought a custom Pegoretti Marcelo from him for about that price, and it is a phenomenal bike.