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    Custom Builder: how do you choose

    I recently put my order in for an Eriksen custom 29er. I have been nothing than super happy with all of the interactions I have had with Katie and Kent. My choice seemed easy because of what I wanted in the bike and from the bike. How did other people choose which builder to go with?

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    IF...... Always wanted one.
    Completely visceral, non-cerebral, draw to their bikes.
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    Here's some good advice for choosing a custom builder...

    There are at least 10 super-gifted and experienced builders out there, and hundreds of inexperienced ones building at various quality levels (some good, some not). Here's some good advice for choosing one for you:

    http://www.strongframes.com/more_stuff/choose

    Have fun with your build!
    I'll be along... eventually.

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    I bought an Independent Fabrication. This was my rational. I love technical "east coast" riding opposed to western riding. I live in on the East Coast therefore I chose an east coast company who understands how to build an east coast bike.

    Basically, I narrowed it down to Seven, Indy Fab, and October Handmade. October Handmade took too long to make and are now specializing in ti cyclocross bikes so I eliminated them. So it was between Seven and Indy Fab. Its probably a coin flip between these guys.

    I choose Indy Fab because they do steel. Seven does steel but they really do ti. I use to race Fat Chance and owned an IF prior, so there was a legency. And finally, I liked the colors choice better with IF than Seven.

    Could not be happy with my choice. The bike is exceptional.

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    I bought an Independent Fabrication. This was my rational. I love technical "east coast" riding opposed to western riding. I live in on the East Coast therefore I chose an east coast company who understands how to build an east coast bike.

    Basically, I narrowed it down to Seven, Indy Fab, and October Handmade. October Handmade took too long to make and are now specializing in ti cyclocross bikes so I eliminated them. So it was between Seven and Indy Fab. Its probably a coin flip between these guys.

    I choose Indy Fab because they do steel. Seven does steel but they really do ti. I use to race Fat Chance and owned an IF prior, so there was a legency. And finally, I liked the colors choice better with IF than Seven.

    Could not be happy with my choice. The bike is exceptional.

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    I bought an Independent Fabrication. This was my rational. I love technical "east coast" riding opposed to western riding and I live on the East Coast. Therefore I chose an east coast company who understands how to build an east coast bike.

    Basically, I narrowed it down to Seven, Indy Fab, and October Handmade. October Handmade took too long to make and are now specializing in ti cyclocross bikes so I eliminated them. So it was between Seven and Indy Fab. Its probably a coin flip between these guys.

    I choose Indy Fab because they do steel. Seven does steel but they really do ti. I use to race Fat Chance and owned an IF prior, so there was a legency. And finally, I liked the colors choice better with IF than Seven.

    Could not be happy with my choice. The bike is exceptional.

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    One more time for us
    Eye Am In The Meat !!!

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    History

    Ex hippies make the best bikes.


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    whoops, my bad.

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    I was going custom and read everything I could about materials, reviews from owners, and looked at pictures and just was drawn to the one I picked

    I found out there are so many wonderful builders out there, so I was told to let the bike "speak" to me. I spoke with the builder I picked and felt confident he could make me the bike I have been wanting. Sold.

    I am hoping the bike will say back to me (once made) "nice pick".

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