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Old 02-12-2015, 04:36 PM
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Budget or affordable custom MUSA frames?

Just curious about current framebuilders who are very competitive with their pricing. I've got a friend who could use a frame built to his spec but cannot afford the starting price of many options. Right away I start talking about Paul Sadoff and how there are no other options for many reasons. I'm still working hard on that but in the meantime I'd like to give some attention to new "up and coming" framebuilders than might have lower starting prices based on less testimonals, experience, etc.

Buddy needs a tig welded cx steel frame with custom geometry. Only fancy option he mentioned was hinged dropouts for potential single speed use. Dude works off an hourly LBS wage so cannot afford the best. I'm looking for suggestions for new or lesser known builders who's current frame pricing is in the $1000-1500 ballpark.
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:38 PM
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http://www.elephantbikes.com/custom/

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Old 02-12-2015, 04:47 PM
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Gunnar is close by and offers a cross frame with custom geometry and sliders or rockers for $1500.
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:49 PM
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Budget or affordable custom MUSA frames?

Not new and not lesser known but great value.

http://www.marinoni.qc.ca/html/Fango.html

$1200 CDN with custom geometry.
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:58 PM
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Check out Colossi. http://www.colossi.us/
He's a former Dutch racer then builder who is located in China. He now has a US distributor in Brooklyn.
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:04 PM
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Not new and upcoming but has been consistently regarded as a lower cost custom option: http://www.curtlo.com/pricing.html
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:11 PM
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Della Santa is in that ballpark for full custom including a steel fork.

Quick turnaround from the man in Reno too.
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:30 PM
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I wouldn't necessarily equate quality with price either. I don't think you get much extra for your money when you go much above these prices. To me it's nuts to consider paying 2-3 times what some of these lessser known builders charge, plus put up with a long wait time for some.
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:54 PM
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rock lobster is just a TAD outside of that range...
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:16 PM
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Not new and not lesser known but great value.

http://www.marinoni.qc.ca/html/Fango.html

$1200 CDN with custom geometry.
This + the current exchange rate would seem pretty attractive.
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:26 PM
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isn't curtlo in that range?
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:56 PM
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Tsunami Bikes. I'm a two time customer. Working man's bike - he admits not enjoying the paint aspect - but it's a custom frame, shipped, for $750? $800? I don't know now but the last price I saw on his site was $750. No fork so you have to get a fork or use one that you have already.

The first one, the third "build phase" picture set I got from Joseph, the builder.
http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...rasound-3.html
I used a fork I already had when I finally built it up.


The second one, this is where I started with the black frame.
http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...ltrasound.html

Joseph even modded my first frame for me, shortening the stays to "as short as possible". He charged m very little.

My two frames when I got the second frame. I stuck my head through the black frame to carry it to the shop a few miles away (I was at a friend's house for a couple weeks).


My two frames after the first one got modified and painted locally (i.e. not by Joseph). I bought a new fork because I was going to ship out the frame that the first fork belonged to:


I have a weird fit - short legs, long torso - and if I could I'd buy a regular frame. However none come close to fitting so I've done the custom thing. After the first frame I realized that the material etc don't matter as much as the fit and the fork. The second frame was great but I haven't ridden it in a while as I only had one set of 175 cranks and didn't feel like swapping them back and forth. I just got a second set so the black bike should be together again soon.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:19 PM
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Little over your friends price point , I hear this guy does nice work.

http://www.humbleframeworks.cc/
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:07 PM
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Gunnar, Milwaukee (made by Waterford), and for custom hand built 44bikes (frames starts ~$1950).

Gunnar stock geometry is around $1000 and custom geometry is right around $1500.

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Old 02-12-2015, 08:28 PM
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Soulcraft. Check them out.
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