Commented on the best steel hardtail thread and almost asked there but decided not to "derail" on that one...
I've been riding 2 bikes (both SS, both small sizes) exclusively for the last 3 years:
-custom Ti XC-ish bike (21lbs with pedals, carbon rims, Reba fork, dropper seatpost)
-Evil Sovereign with 140mm fork (25lbs with pedals, Easton Haven rims, FOX fork, dropper seatpost)
Both are very solid bikes for my weight, 130lbs.
I have taken both bikes on the same trails to see how different they ride on the same terrain. Having done that often now, I realize that if my Sovereign was a few pounds lighter, it could easily be my only bike. Slack head angle, adjustable chainstay length via sliding drop-outs, also fantastic for SS.
IF I bring my frame to a custom (Ti) builder, will they accept "copying" another company's frame? Would it be the best way to go about it? As much as I (really really) like builders like Black Sheep, I can't (for now anyway) spend +$3.5K on a frame.... and then pay another few hundred dollars to have it shipped to Canada...
Any ideas or comments?
Thanks in advance,
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