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Would Brent Steelman be getting $2,000 per...(8 posts)

Would Brent Steelman be getting $2,000 per...Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 15, 2004 7:17 AM
TIG'ed frame if his name was Brent Ferguson? Discuss.

I don't think so...carpe_podium
Jan 15, 2004 7:40 AM
It is a cool name to have if your a bike manufacturer. The question is: Who is going to pay $2K for a custom steel frame (fork not included)? There are many custom framebuilders that charge $500-$1000 less for a comparable frame. An IF Crown Jewel (steel) is $1250. A lot of custom Ti bikes are in this price range. Does the Steelman name carry that much cachet?
I would for a Richard MoonDave Hickey
Jan 15, 2004 7:49 AM
I just don't want to wait 2-3 years for a frame.
re: Would Brent Steelman be getting $2,000 per...FTMD
Jan 15, 2004 7:59 AM
Doubt it, and it's my hope that he's not a trend setter in the custom steel field. I'll be in the market after this season.
Jan 15, 2004 8:12 AM
Maybe if he moved out of the Bay Area he could charge less?

IMHO he's priced himself out of the market. I just hope the market doesn't decide to adopt his pricing scheme or I'll never be able to afford a custom steel bike.
re: Would Brent Steelman be getting $2,000 per...gtx
Jan 15, 2004 9:07 AM
If I remember right he had a partner in the early days and got in some kind of dispute over the use of the name (even though it was his name) when they split up.

If he can get $2k per frame, more power to him.
what's SO special in those frames?colker1
Jan 15, 2004 3:48 PM
don't doubt he builds excellent bikes w/ pretty welds, great workmanship, perfect paint, good geometry but wait... doesn't IF do it right? sycip? curtlo? mikkelsen? a steelman is a tig welded frame with normal geometry numbers! it's not butted titanium. if i had money coming out of my pockets... maybe... but then i would buy a sachs. or a pegoretti.
re: Would Brent Steelman be getting $2,000 per...Mike Prince
Jan 16, 2004 6:13 AM
I wonder if this means I can sell my Steelman SR for more now since the price increase? :) Seriously, I think he's making a mistake. My Steelman is a great bike, but I agree with others that he's priced himself way out of sight. For 1,000-1,200 he was competetive with a great product and he was offering custom for like $1600 if that's what you wanted. Now your only choice is $2k for a full custom.

I'm glad I got mine a few years ago. I guess now people will think I'm rich or something :) I just can't see spending 2k when there are so many others out there that will do full custom steel for so much less. I don't think a Steelman is twice as nice than the others as the price would indicate.