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    US made SS frame recommendations?

    I've decided to build my first SS with a US made frame and would like to hear what folks like/dislike and recommend.

    I'm 6'2" 195#, 32" inseam and have thoughts of rigid steel frame / fork, tubeless 2.4 tires, 32:19 gearing, and 180mm cranks. I've ridden some carbon forked SS's and like the more flexy feel of steel. Not looking to weight weenie to the maxxx and spend a fortune (somewhere in the 1-2k max range). It will be ridden primarily on not so buff single track in the Mid Atlantic region.

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    Custom steel from Walt Works.

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    Michigan builder Scott Quiring does nice work...

    QUIRINGCYCLES.NET

    Gunnar/Waterford in Wisconsin is a good option

    Custom Bicycle Frames from Gunnar Cycles USA

    Just a couple of my faves. There are lots of builders in the Mid Atlantic--ask around and see what other riders in your area recommend. Nothing quite as fun and rewarding as working in person with a builder that's local to you.

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    See if you can find a L or XL Fisher Ferrous 29. They show up on flea-bay every now and again. Welded in Waterloo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Custom steel from Walt Works.
    agree!

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    Several of my friends have had Richie of Cysco Cycle build them a steel or Ti framed bicycle, both road and mountain and they are all very satisfied. So much so that I am having him build me a race bike for this season. What I like is that he rides and races. When I spoke with him about building my frame, he was able to interpret what I said I liked and didn't like in a frame and helped me to put words into what I was thinking. He was also really patient with me as I asked all my questions and then asked me questions to make sure he knew where I was coming from. Anyway, below are a couple links I looked at while I was making a decision.

    Cysco Cycles – Lefty 29er | North American Handmade Bike Show

    cyscocycles.com | Custom Steel Bicycles. Built one at a time in Tennessee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Custom steel from Walt Works.
    Would be my first choice.

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    New Ti Selma is supposed to be built by Lynskey in TN. Right in your price range. I haven't built mine yet but the shop owner LOVES his.
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    I just got a Waltworks fork.
    Now I want the rest.

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    Quiring has the Q-Ball frame/fork. Way affordable, can run gears, made by Scott who is an awesome guy and a helluva rider as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF View Post
    Michigan builder Scott Quiring does nice work...


    Gunnar/Waterford in Wisconsin is a good option



    Just a couple of my faves. There are lots of builders in the Mid Atlantic--ask around and see what other riders in your area recommend. Nothing quite as fun and rewarding as working in person with a builder that's local to you.
    Yeah can't go wrong with a Quiring

    Steve hey! It's your buddy D!

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    -- let's ride

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    Has anyone said WaltWorks yet??

    I will, WaltWorks custom steel frame.

    I have two, both awesome. Stands by his product, knows his stuff and is a good guy.

    Met him once also, good guy.

    The fastest guy I've ever ridden with told me he rode with once and that "Walt's real fast".........that's saying something.
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    Walt seems better than sex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmanchin View Post
    New Ti Selma is supposed to be built by Lynskey in TN. Right in your price range. I haven't built mine yet but the shop owner LOVES his.

    does that have some sort of singlespeed option?


    edit- my mistake, I was thinking of the El Mariachi Ti, which doesn't have anything for singlespeeders. The Selma Ti has the black cat style dropouts.
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    Some California steel:

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    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown View Post
    Not looking to weight weenie to the maxxx and spend a fortune (somewhere in the 1-2k max range).
    1-2K for the whole bike?

    If so, some folks here are putting you a bit over budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth View Post
    Walt seems better than sex.

    Bronto MTB if you like Oregon ****. And you should.

    Cool video on Bronto Willy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzkil View Post
    Jeff Jones

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    Maybe next year for me.
    newer Jones are taiwan. i'd still like to ride one. now that they're more accessible.

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    You either need to raise your spending limits or give up on the made in the usa complete for 2 grand.

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    Lynskey
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    Does anyone read the original post or does everyone post the bike they ride as an answer. Steel29er that is a sweet avatar. I had a bones shirt very similar to that in 7th grade. I wanted a steve steadham but i got a hosoi instead

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    For the price, a Gunnar would be a sweet deal. If the stock sizes work for you, it would be $950 for the Rock Hound with vertical drops or $1175 for a Ruffian with Paragon sliders. Love Walt's stuff and he has a great price at $1200 with the Cash Black. These are going to be some of the best bang for the buck options for you. You could always try to score a USA made frame on fleaBay or something too for cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrock450 View Post
    Does anyone read the original post or does everyone post the bike they ride as an answer.
    Nope....

    Take that back. I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrock450 View Post
    Does anyone read the original post or does everyone post the bike they ride as an answer.
    If that was the case I'd be suggesting something made in Taiwan.

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    The EBB in my Walt kept slipping more frequently. Rather than waiting for a WW with Paragon sliders I went with Ventana. It has a more supple ride than my WW. The WW was built for a Clyde however.

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    Like others has said, a 2K budget, built-up, is likely not possible with new components and a decent SS wheel-set.

    So I guessed (didn't see a reply from the OP, but I am on a "not so smart" phone) you meant, frame only, no fork.

    IMHO, one thing to consider when you want a USA made frame, where is the tubing from? Some builders advertise that their stock comes from the USA. From anecdotal observations with other products, it can make a difference. My guess, depending on the material and country of origin, it carries over to bike frames. Of course, their will be many others that say it makes no difference. That is why I prefaced with "IMHO".

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    I built up a custom USA made SS for about 2200. I even went with a new FOX fork. Oscar at SImple Bicycle Co built my frame. No wait times and extremely fair pricing. He built it bomb proof for me too cause he knows how I ride. How did I keep it 'cheap'? Ebay, Pinkbike & MTBR classifieds. I compromised on some parts (rhyno lite rims & SLX crank set/brakes). I didn't care about weight and focused on strength.

    If you get creative and shop the used parts you can make it happen. Might even find a used frame on the cheap. I bought the frame, fork, chain, and headset new. Everything else was a used pick up.

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    Genuine Bicycle Products

    Frames for under 600.00

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    I know a couple guys your size that have Milwaukee Bicycle Company 29ers.

    I'm not sure if they bought just the frames or as whole bikes. I'm pretty sure they're made with the same jigs as the Gunnars and Waterfords and by the same guys in Waterford.

    Edit: I'm certain now.
    Tubing:
    The Milwaukee 29er is built with Waterford exclusive OS2 butted tube sets, featuring True Temper OX Platinum air-hardening steel alloys. Toptube and downtube are flared at the head tube for greater surface contact and rigidity. Tubeset specifications vary by frame size to offer riders of all sizes the strength and stiffness they need.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    FTW Industries

    Frank is the man if you want quality and great input.


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    link to FTW's stuff:


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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    FTW Industries

    Frank is the man if you want quality and great input.


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    How much are his frames?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davesauvageau View Post
    How much are his frames?

    depends on what you have in mind...


    he's willing to build just about anything cool.

    shoot him an e-mail...he's a great guy to work with


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