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Old 02-02-2010, 05:48 AM
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Custom aluminum road bike (made in U.S.)

This will be my winter/bad weather GT bike. Like a GT car, it's designed to be fast, but in comfort & style...

Frame is Easton 7005, 100% hand built in U.S. (Phoenix) by a small builder called Tsunami Bikes. They've been around a fairly long time in one iteration or another.

Been working with Joe at Tsunami on specs and design parameters, and it will be similar to my other aluminum bike he put together (which itself replicated my former Parlee geometry), albeit with a few twists here in order to accommodate full fenders.

Fenders will be those gorgeous Honjo hammered items, and brakes will be Velo Orange Grand Cru long reach calipers. For the brakes, I liked the idea of something unique, and the Grand Cru's unanodized aluminum/machined look will give me the chance to occasionally cramp my fingers and curse while polishing them with Simichrome...

Frame color will be black with a pearl tint in the clearcoat. Other build kit specs will be evolving, based on parts I cobble together...

Here's a couple of pics of the frame in its early stages.








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Old 02-02-2010, 05:50 AM
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Frame prepped for welding and getting an idea of how/where fenders will go:



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Old 02-02-2010, 05:51 AM
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Finally all welded up, ready for the finishing stuff...





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Old 02-02-2010, 05:52 AM
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Got primer?



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Old 02-02-2010, 05:54 AM
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Color at last!





Pics before final color sanding and clearcoat, and setting fenders in proper place.





That's all I have right now, bike is in route (can't wait!). Hopefully will finish soon on assembling parts/group. Wheels will be Velocity Aeroheads w/Phil Wood hubs. Bar/stem will be Ritchey WCS carbon.

Cheers & thanks for looking.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:59 AM
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very nice! thanks for the informative pictures. always interesting to see a bike being made. enjoy.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:43 AM
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very cool. thanks for posting. i enjoyed your posts about your first tsunami. please give us a ride report when you have this baby built. hard to imagine that there's a better bike-for-the-buck than a tsunami. hope you dig it.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:13 AM
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thanks. hopefully this rides very similar. it's very close to same geo as my last one, w/exception of a front end tweak in order to accommodate the ~10mm higher fork crown.

it's been so much fun to work with a builder on something unique. someday would like to add a serotta to the stable and go thru a similar process....

all in due time...and especially in my case, storage space! the price per square foot in nyc for bike space (both in $ terms as well as wife's patience/tolerance, the latter being a near incalculable figure!) is staggering...
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:26 AM
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What kind of fork are you running that accepts fenders? Fun process.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:32 AM
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it's from a company called advanced composites in utah. i don't know anything about 'em other than we finished the design & specs on maybe a wednesday or thursday (the design of which contemplated using an alpha q cs25), the builder called in monday to order it from the distributor, and by then the company went bust and couldn't accept orders. luckily it wasn't ordered and paid for previously, which could've been a real hassle.

this new fork was readily available and a reasonably priced alternative to a wound up fork (which was plan b, but would've looked pretty ugly on this frame, in my opinion, and not to mention while super high quality, was quite pricey and out of budget for this build).
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:56 PM
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Would you mind talking a little about price. I love the idea of a custom Aluminum frame and searched his website but found no indication of cost.

I understand if you would rather not address it.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:24 PM
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Would you mind talking a little about price. I love the idea of a custom Aluminum frame and searched his website but found no indication of cost.

I understand if you would rather not address it.
Starting price is on the first page of the website.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:28 PM
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Starting price is on the first page of the website.

Thanks. I see it now. Kinda like fine print.

$600!! I assume that is for a stock frame. Any idea what the up charge is for custom?
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:59 PM
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regardless of price (yep mine was $600 + fork, but i don't want to focus on that since this is, after all, a forum sponsored by a bike company who generously provides a venue for all of us), i'll say that a custom bike experience at ANY price point the buyer is comfortable with, is absolutely, positively, 100% worth it.

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Thanks. I see it now. Kinda like fine print.

$600!! I assume that is for a stock frame. Any idea what the up charge is for custom?
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:54 PM
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regardless of price (yep mine was $600 + fork, but i don't want to focus on that since this is, after all, a forum sponsored by a bike company who generously provides a venue for all of us), i'll say that a custom bike experience at ANY price point the buyer is comfortable with, is absolutely, positively, 100% worth it.

Good Point. Next time I will ask via PM. Won't ask about it over on the Svelte Blog either.
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