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    Custom Ti Frame Makers..a different kinda question

    I have seen plenty of Ti frame maker questions, but I am thinking this might be a bit different.

    I am looking for custom frame makers who make batches of stock frames for sale. They have stock sizes they sell at a lower price.

    At the moment, I can only think of three..

    Lynskey

    Wily

    Moots (still seems pricey to me)

    Are there any other custom ti frame makers who make small batches of stock sizes?
    I was hoping Quiring did, since he made the Q-ball steel frame, but no luck.

    It may only be a few $100 dollars cheaper, but that could be my brakeset or crankset that I just saved money for since I am really stretching my budget to reach for ti.

    Please add to my list....
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    Bikes direct. Ha

    <------- SHILL !!!!!!!!!!

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    No thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli
    Bikes direct. Ha

    <------- SHILL !!!!!!!!!!
    Please try to contribute something REAL..name calling accomplishes zip .

    As for Bikes Direct, they are not a Custom Frame Maker.....SO NO, they do not belong on this list. Just like Voodoo to mention another Ti production maker.

    To clarify my question, I am looking for frames made stateside by CUSTOM MAKERS who make small batches of stock sizes..

    Thanks!
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    not sure who their overseas builder is, but Carver can get you custom Ti frames starting around $1200. Certainly a good place to start for Ti on a budget.

    edit: I see you just clarified while I was writing my post. nevermind then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottoreni
    Please try to contribute something REAL..name calling accomplishes zip .

    As for Bikes Direct, they are not a Custom Frame Maker.....SO NO, they do not belong on this list. Just like Voodoo to mention another Ti production maker.

    To clarify my question, I am looking for frames made stateside by CUSTOM MAKERS who make small batches of stock sizes..

    Thanks!
    pretty sure he was calling himself names in a tongue-in-cheek way and in reference to recent discussion

    so you want a non-custom "custom" frame then? I can understand wanting to support an American company, but why not just say that?

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    Reason for American

    Only possible reason for American is because if I have any warranty issues, I am hoping dealing with someone here would be easier than going half way around the world.

    Carver does have a nice starting price, but seems to have an upcharge for most non-geomtry based changes (tubing, drop-outs...etc).

    I guess business must be good if no custom frame makers are doing something like this, or they figure it will cannibalize their core business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottoreni
    Only possible reason for American is because if I have any warranty issues, I am hoping dealing with someone here would be easier than going half way around the world.

    I guess business must be good if no custom frame makers are doing something like this, or they figure it will cannibalize their core business.
    I think the truly custom guys just dont have the time or resources to build that many frames. Why charge less when you have all the business you can handle at the highest price ?

    I think Lynskey makes perfect sense for what you are asking. American made and good customer service at a middle pricepoint.

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    So....let me get this straight????
    You are looking for a custom builder that does non custom work?
    And after you compile this list...do you plan to be a non customer?

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    He's looking for a titanium frame that will be hand made by an American builder. "Off the peg" bikes are traditionally cheaper because they don't require special orders, schematics drawn up for each individual, and they can be had in a matter of days, rather than a matter of months.

    What's so hard to understand?

    I'd go with Lynskey. Great customer service, and their frames are relatively cheap when you compare them to other frame builders specializing in titanium. I can't afford a titanium frame, so I can't compare one brand to another, but I have faith that Lynskey's quality is on par with Moots, despite being cheaper.

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    IMO quirings custom is better value than a lot of the "custom stock" bikes. There can be a lot of add ons like finish, decals sliders etcetc

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    Lynskey- great bang for the buck, great customer service. Not a schill- just one of the better bike shopping experiences I have ever had.

    The bottom line- outside of Carver, getting a USA made ti frame on the cheap is hard. The cost of materials and labor time are both high.

    You are better off looking for a used frame on flea-bay.

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    Be patient and keep an eye on Lynskey's Loft deals. Mine was damn near 1/2 off !!!

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    What about the EWR E-motion Ti frame?

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    Looks like Siren is building a few...


    http://sirenbicycles.wordpress.com/2...r-white-metal/

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    Last edited by monkei; 03-01-2011 at 01:22 PM.

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    The salsa lynskey made frames (el mariachi ti and selma) meet your requirements and have proven geometry and solid warranty support

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    I'm in Chattanooga just up the road from Lynskey, Cysco, Ruby, Litespeed and Merlin...all ti makers. Let me know and I can go pick it up for you to ensure all is OK with it

    If you want a sweet ti Nuke Proof 26er, I can sell you mine. tune wheelset, Carambas and all. that part I'm serious about.
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    ti Moots Mooto X YBB

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    How oDD?

    Odd that this post just got a reply today.

    Just this Monday I finalized my frame details and placed a deposit to have it built.

    Custom Ti at better than Loft prices......

    I plan to do a review on the entire process and frame once I do my final payment and the frame is shipped.
    Hoping to give budget minded blokes another option if all turns out well.

    Cheers!
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    So what builder did you go with?
    Barry
    Yeah well, that's just, ya' know, like, your opinion, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the mayor
    And after you compile this list...do you plan to be a non customer?
    I think you just summed up most of the posts made on any forum about bikes in one line. Brilliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acero853
    So what builder did you go with?
    Barry
    I'd like to say, but will wait until the entire process nears completion.

    I don't want to give out a name without first-hand experience, hence the reason I will wait.

    As mentioned, I do plan to give a review once I have the frame, build it, and ride it for sometime.

    Up to this point, communication with this builder has been good.
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