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    best 29er titanuim custom built bike?

    Any input on the titanuim 29er custom built bikes? Looking into custom built frame, have yet to submerge my feet...

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    I'll bite...here is a few I know of

    Jones
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    Waltworks (may have one, I really like his work)
    Quiring
    Titus (if you want a full squish)
    Carver (shiny add to the right)
    Moots
    On-One (not custom and availability yet???)

    What is the budget?

    probably can have one built from most custom builders for the right price!
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    There are a lot of reputable Ti builders.

    Make a list and talk with them. What is your budget? How long do you want to wait?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbflyfshr
    I'll bite...here is a few I know of

    Jones
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    Waltworks (may have one, I really like his work)
    Quiring
    Titus (if you want a full squish)
    Carver (shiny add to the right)
    Moots
    On-One (not custom and availability yet???)

    What is the budget?

    probably can have one built from most custom builders for the right price!
    walt doesn't do ti

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    lots of choices
    a few more to ad to the list above

    litespeed, merlin, moots, desalvo, grendel, kish, serotta, dean

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    kish. his stuff is beautiful and he actually TEACHES the titanium courses at UBI so one would imagine that he knows what he's doing.....

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    Black Sheep

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahb
    kish. his stuff is beautiful and he actually TEACHES the titanium courses at UBI so one would imagine that he knows what he's doing.....

    I have to second Kish. I took the UBI TIG steel class with him and got a chance to see a couple of his bikes. Nice works, and having heard him from a teaching point of view, he knows what he's doing.

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    Black Sheep certainly seems to be the builder of choice recently, for custom Ti. They turn out some beautiful frames, for sure. Steve Potts would be another high on my list, but you might have to take out a 2nd mortgage to afford it.

    FWIW, I just bought a Quiring Ti frame a few weeks ago from someone here in the classifieds. I'm still waiting on my wheelset, so I can't give my impressions of it yet.

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    If you are about 6'6'' or taller, I may have what you are looking for.

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    Kent Eriksen, without a doubt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carter1
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    Have owned many a Ti bike and Carl's bike still seems to stand out from the pack. In my quest of thinning out the heard, the Strong is not on the chopping block.

    I'm even considering a fixie or road bike in the near future once the 29er is back.

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    I am currently drooling over the wealth of options that Lynkskey throws at you. They are obviously willing to work with what you want. I love the bottom bracket options, level/quality of tubing etc. Plus they have been in the bike business for a long time working with Titanium. And they build a boat load (probably multiple boatloads) of Ti frames for other manufacturers including On One. I don't have the dough to roll out for one, but I would give them my money for sure. Their turnaround is pretty good from what I understand as well.

    There is also something to be said about those smaller guys like James at Black Sheep and Scott Quiring. You know who is putting those long drawn out thoughts from paper to metal. Longer wait times, but a more intimate (for a lack of a better word) and down to earth feel. This based off of never having a custom frame built, but getting that feeling from others.

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    Black Sheep- They will do whatever you want- including future changes/upgrades and the welds are as good as any I have ever seen- better than most!
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    Matt Chester but of course.

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    ty ty ty--- Looking into a moots xz! Budget who knows? This is my main means of transportation for 8 months out of the year. Black sheep, lynskey, and erickson all look nice. I am unsure of what direction to take. I know its titanuim first. Want to reschedule my custom fitting with LBS again to get dialed in. Whatever I choose I will make sure to post the pictures of the new baby!

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    NTP in SF builds some nice-looking stuff - I've ridden with him a few times, and his frames are really clean. Never thought they were flashy or "trick" looking - just good quality work. That matters more in the long run. One guy I know also bought a Quiring a number of months ago. Very nice also with a cool bead-blasted flame mask on it...
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    Hi,

    have you considered Amaro? His projects and designs are very interesting...

    Greets.

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    Yet another vote for Black Sheep Bikes... James makes whatever your heart desires... Can't recommend him enough.

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    jaja....quit showing off
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    Have you narrowed down your choice to a particular style of bike? SS or geared? If I was looking for something along the lines of an SS cruiser I'd check out black sheep. A traditional diamond frame would have me tossing a coin between Steve Potts and Kent Eriksen. If I was not too concerned with exclusivity I'd consider Seven. But if I could live with an off the rack size and did not need true custom I'd look no further than On-One's Lynskey made Inbred... they have a great introductory price on that frame right now for U.S. based buyers. I went through this whole process recently after years of riding steel hard tails. After all my research I ended up coming full circle back to a custom steel SS. It really is a great time to be buying a frame.

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    You should Really search as you'll find pros and cons of a lot of the custom frame builders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Root
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    have you considered Amaro? His projects and designs are very interesting...

    Greets.
    Those are pretty interesting. Check out the Supermotard:


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    I'll have to third (or fourth) Carl Strong. I don't think I've ever seen or heard a bad word about him or his bikes. He's a great craftsman, phenomenal builder and all around great guy.
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    I'll 5th Carl Strong!
    You wouldn't be in so much pain if you didn't ride like a dork!

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    vassago make a great ti frame, and on-one just started to take orders, check out their websites. Phil

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    Those welds are beautiful, but what is it? A beefy roadbike with heavy urban assault tires?

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    Ti Soft tail = one of these

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    Ti builder choice

    I would also recommend another builder. I went to a cross race and one of the booths were October Bikes. There are a two person op with a prior employee of a big builder jigging and tacking, and a professional aerospace welder doing finish welding which is beautifully perfect. If I could afford it, I'd get one.

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    www.TessierBikes.com

    Small batches, but that's who I'm going with and I've seen the rest....even met some of them.
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