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    Independent Fabrication Eye Candy

    With all of the custom Ti discussions lately, I figured I would share. Finally got the end state build together (minus a Salsa promoto carbon bar on order).

    Independent Fabrication Ti Deluxe 29er single speed. For those wondering if a custom dream bike is worth it…. It is.

    From start to finish, Kevin and the rest of the IF folks were most excellent to deal with. They listened to what I was trying to get out of the custom experience, quizzed me to learn more, and readily shared opinions and ideas to get me there. Seven weeks for the frame, as committed.

    The ride is fantastic. Plenty stiff, yet takes the edge off on long stuff. Nice and lively, yet extremely predictable. Finishing is top shelf all the way around.

    Very happy so far with the build.
    Fork: The Fox Terralogic is solid, does what it claims, and well. I swear I can notice a difference with the new Kashmina coating on the stanchions. Very smuuve.

    Brakes: I will never buy another brake again… the Formula R1's are mind blowing. Expensive sure, but a LOT lighter than the Juicy Ultimates they replaced, and a LOT better braking power, modulation. I am going to need to gain a LOT more weight before I would ever need more stopping power than the R1s.

    Wheels: I look forward to riding the I9's/Stan's setup, brand new, I was riding a spare set of Arches/Hope pro 2s waiting for these. The I9/Crest combo came in at 1562g.

    Misc: The Eriksen post. Just look at it. Awesome. FifteenG cranks came from my previous ride, love them. Very stiff, and quite light. And bottom brackets are only $50.

    As pictured, about 21 lbs dressed for winter battle.
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    very, very, very NICE!

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    BOSS! Congrats!

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    SWEET BIKE!!! That doesn't look like Kashima though, then again the pictures of the anodized stuff look brown, and I am guessing they are black???? Just curious
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    sexy

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgerat
    SWEET BIKE!!! That doesn't look like Kashima though, then again the pictures of the anodized stuff look brown, and I am guessing they are black???? Just curious
    Isaac
    Thats all brown unless my monitor is on acid. Doesn't look like kashima to me either.

    Bike is sick though, looks to be about the right size for me too. I wanna try it

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    I'd also like to applaud whoever built the bike for the adjustment of the banjo on the rear brake. I like how that hose is routed.

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    Gorgeous bike, but why such a short seat tube and long seat post?

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    Booiinngg! Very nice ride. I've always been a IF fan.

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    Amazing! I'd love to have an IF someday.

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    Hell that's a sharp bike. Those welds are clean too.

    I gotta stop looking at these damn threads. Just makes me wanna spend more money!!!

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    dat's purty!!

    Nice build and color choices, original and classy!!

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    Jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR
    Gorgeous bike, but why such a short seat tube and long seat post?

    Clearance for the jewels? More spring and comfort from the Ti post? Looks?

    Lots of good reasons. Saddle to bar drop looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D_Man
    Clearance for the jewels?

    Must have extremely saggy jewels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR
    Must have extremely saggy jewels.
    Ding Ding. I'm 92 years old, gravity has taken its toll.

    The short seat tube is a essentially a side effect of wanting specific HT angles and TT length, among other geo parameters. Most 9er frames for folks in my size range will probably have a short seat tube. The downside is the 2nd bottle mount is cramped. The upside is better stiffness of the triangle, and as someone mentioned the longer Ti seatpost actually gives a little which makes the long days more comfortable. Remember, I'm 92.

    Kashmina- I am just going off of what Fox told me on the fork order, if you guys say its not Kashmina so be it. I must be victim to the placebo effect,it sure feels buttery smooth, even prior to seal breakin.

    Thanks everyone for the positive comments. The bike's been amazing thus far, and now I can't wait to try it with the new wheels/tubeless setup...

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    that is what Kashima looks like. I don't want to take anything away from the bike though, it is amazing man!

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    That my friend is a work of art. Glad to finally see it come together! Those hubs are killer....hell, everything is.

    Now go ride the hell out of it!

    (really interested to hear also how you like the Terralogic over time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces
    That my friend is a work of art. Glad to finally see it come together! Those hubs are killer....hell, everything is.

    Now go ride the hell out of it!

    (really interested to hear also how you like the Terralogic over time)

    you can count on my riding the crap out of it Ron although I have grabbed the cx bike a few times instead recently when the weather's been biblical... Ti melts when it gets really cold, wet and muddy I heard.

    I thought of you the other day regarding the terralogic... I need to play with the threshold more to be certain, but it seems like a brillant solution for our style of lockout use, where we use it very frequently. Hell, my thumb would hurt after a long bruiser from flicking that damn lever so often on my RL

    OK, I'm convinced I got hosed on the Kashmina edgerat, I am going to throw the entire heap into the american river in disgust. Maybe I will just take a rattle can of gold paint to it

    Oh, and 92gli... where do you live? If local we may be able to work something out for you to throw a leg over her.

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    sweet bike. rumour has it the kashima coat can be pretty variable in colour...even leg to leg....

    regardless: thats a fine example of IF goodness right there

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    Freakin awesome man. Wish I could afford somthing like this, maybe I can talk my wife into getting a second job

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    sweet bike. rumour has it the kashima coat can be pretty variable in colour...even leg to leg....

    regardless: thats a fine example of IF goodness right there
    Makes sense, mine has the coating but it doesnt look as brilliant as the above pic, the habdle bars make it look dull in comparision

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    Wow

    Shes a looker! You did a great job with the build. Was wondering when pictures of it built were going to show up! I couldn't wait that long and had mine built the day it showed up.

    I am very intrigued by the fork too. Seems to make a lot of sense for the amount of times I'm twisting the knob...

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    Beautiful - wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster

    Kashmina- I am just going off of what Fox told me on the fork order, if you guys say its not Kashmina so be it.
    The label on the box will specify it, if you still have it. Might be worth going after a small refund if you paid for it.

    I'm near philly BTW. Thanks for the offer !

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    Quote Originally Posted by pap
    I couldn't wait that long and had mine built the day it showed up.
    I couldn't wait either. Upon receipt of the frame I rapidly scrounged together a frankenbuild by poaching my wife's orbea and rush ordering a spare wheelset, in prep for a big race. The bike just wasn't deemed photo worthy until now, with the desired boutique bits in place

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    Your ner IF is just stunning! As a matter of fact, Big Brown just dropped off my IF Steel Deluxe 29er yesterday. It was in the front hallway when I got home late last night and I have yet to crack open the box.
    It's a non suspention corrected, dedicated singlespeed. Will send pictures after the build.

    Enjoy your new ride!
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    Beautiful bike. Definitely on my short list of bikes I want.

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    Hot dog

    Dang, that is a beautiful SS! 92? Congrats, and ride the hell out of her. I hope I am still riding my IF SS when I am 92. Great great build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster

    OK, I'm convinced I got hosed on the Kashmina edgerat, I am going to throw the entire heap into the american river in disgust. Maybe I will just take a rattle can of gold paint to it

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    Piece of garbarge bike!!! you could really change it up and go with the Sashimi Coating... Sweet bike, really, I am jealous of all that ti goodness, well done good sir.


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    Awesome IF you got there!

    Question is, why did I wait wait so long to order one.

    Finished it last week






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    have you taken it over any sweet jumps???


    nice ride mate that thing really is a piece of artwork. Try to avoid cracking this one in half

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    Incredible Bike! Probably the same bike most all of us would build if $$ was not object... just curious... what does a state of teh art Ti-SS such as yours go for??

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    realy nice bikes love Indy Fab but it concerns me that you pay so much out on a full custom frame and the fit figures are wrong so the bike does not fit who can you trust to get it right? Also a IF ti frame is out of my price range so would have to go with steel but you can get a Lynskey pro 29 for the same money its hard to know whitch way to go.

    The IF looks conservative if you compare it to a Lynskey with all its twisted tubes and crazy shapes why does a IF not need any of that biz Lynskey say its to stop flex and twisting whitch i realy hate in a frame.

    Its a risk love IF but how do you know how its going to ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danza
    realy nice bikes love Indy Fab but it concerns me that you pay so much out on a full custom frame and the fit figures are wrong so the bike does not fit who can you trust to get it right? Also a IF ti frame is out of my price range so would have to go with steel but you can get a Lynskey pro 29 for the same money its hard to know whitch way to go.

    The IF looks conservative if you compare it to a Lynskey with all its twisted tubes and crazy shapes why does a IF not need any of that biz Lynskey say its to stop flex and twisting whitch i realy hate in a frame.

    Its a risk love IF but how do you know how its going to ride?
    A couple comments... First, if you are leaning towards going custom, you need to pick someone you trust to be able to translate your desires (and measurements) into the ideal fit/ride. How do you do that? Go on reputation, references, and firsthand experience talking with them to build your confidence that they are masters in their trade. Bad analogy... if you were commissioning a professional painter for one of those stuffy family portraits, or a photog for your wedding, how would you go about it? Same way. And yes, there is a chance you will not like the final product, but you can minimize that risk following the suggestions above. Also, ask them 'what happens if I really don't like the bike'? You will get different answers from different folks I am sure. There is always the option of selling it as well... lots of people buy 'custom' used bikes all of the time, odds are pretty good someone is close to you in size who would appreciate a deal on a well crafted rig. I guess my point is... the risk of not liking it should be a) small and b) addressable.

    regarding the "conservative-ness" of IF. I think this board has beaten to death the fact that the helix tube approach is probably more fashion over function. If you like the look, more power to you, go that route. I for one personally don't. the elegance and finish of the IF frames is stunning in person. Also... if you have a creative, artistic flair, they do some amazing paint as well.

    P.S. Orthorex. Awesome IF you have there, beauty.

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    ericksen post

    Any reason you chose the ericksen post over lynskey. I'm doing a Ridgeline and titanium seatpost is definitely one of my top priority components. Thanks

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    Eriksen... I am not familiar with the Lynskey posts. A while back I fondled an Eriksen post, marvelling at the craftsmenship. Also was impressed with the uber simple effective clamp. And, it has brown bits which match the hubs and headset as a bonus

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    1562g as a wheelset without the quick releases? ive been debating the I-9s or the american classics for my build...

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    I9 weight

    Correct. 1562g total. 881g rear, 681g front, without skewers/thru axles or tape. Personally weighed on my trusty Park DS-2. Pretty amazing considering I had a decent light wheelset to begin with, Arches laced to Hope Pro 2s (from Handspun, great wheels btw). I didn't weigh those, but I would be surprised if they came in less than 1850g. So i'm looking at nearly 300g of savings. I have no direct comparison to rely on but my guess is the I9s crush the American Classics in stiffness and (I know this) engagement? Others have direct experience between the two I'm sure.

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