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    Retro Ti Frames

    I have seen a few retro frames here recently. Question is who builds custom retro Ti frames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crux
    I have seen a few retro frames here recently. Question is who builds custom retro Ti frames?
    What, exactly, do you mean by "retro"? Cruiser style?

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    spicercycles.com

    They have a 29er frame/fork combo that looks just like the Merlin Newsboy.

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    Here's mine ... raide it daily and love it


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    Quote Originally Posted by crux
    I have seen a few retro frames here recently. Question is who builds custom retro Ti frames?
    Check with Troy at Over the Edge Sports in Fruita (www.otesports.com), he will hook you up. Tell him the "weather-guy" sent you.
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    Ox Brand has a very nice frame

    Quote Originally Posted by crux
    I have seen a few retro frames here recently. Question is who builds custom retro Ti frames?
    http://www.oxbrandbikes.com/frames.html

    Good price, intelligent design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeT
    https://www.oxbrandbikes.com/frames.html

    Good price, intelligent design.
    That is pimp, for sure. However, isn't it the case that they are out of business and don't respond to calls/emails, and you can't buy one of thier frames even if you want to?

    <img border=2 img src="https://www.oxbrandbikes.com/images/frame-side1-sm.jpg">
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    ox not out

    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    That is pimp, for sure. However, isn't it the case that they are out of business and don't respond to calls/emails, and you can't buy one of thier frames even if you want to?

    <img border=2 img src="https://www.oxbrandbikes.com/images/frame-side1-sm.jpg">
    John at OxBrand has been dealing with a loss in the family, so he may not be very accessable at the moment. However, Ox isn't closing, in fact, he is going to have Carl Strong doing all his welding going forward using only US material also. I think his pricing will be similar to Carls.

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    Excuse the 26ish fare, but...

    Jim Kish shipped this out to me a few months ago: great guy, knows his stuff, and reasonable prices. I'm almost finished with the build, and as soon as I'm done I'll post more pics. I just sent in a deposit to Mike DeSalvo for a Ti Rohloff cruiser that will look like the Kona Humu line (the ones with the straight top tube), and Mike is a superb artisan whose prices are also quite reasonable. I'm pretty sure that James at Black Sheep would weld up a retro ti frame for you, and Sycip might be interested in this type of project as well. Good luck!
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    Second the Spicer!

    First off I apologize for the 26 er content. I would give spicer consideration. My friend just had a custom bike built with twin curved top tubes and internal cable routing. He hasn't had a chance to ride it yet so I don't have a ride report. The bike looks great and he said spicer worked with him to bring his idea and geometery to life.
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    Well I guess this is sorta good news. I sent them an email a while back and didn't get a response. That put OX out of teh runnign in my book, but if things are back online...That pricing though is sure to be on the higher side if that really matters.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdiddy
    First off I apologize for the 26 er content. I would give spicer consideration. My friend just had a custom bike built with twin curved top tubes and internal cable routing. He hasn't had a chance to ride it yet so I don't have a ride report. The bike looks great and he said spicer worked with him to bring his idea and geometery to life.
    I'd like to see complete bike pictures, and get a ride report from your buddy. I think those internal cables look (or don't look) pretty cool. Did Spicer build him the bike, or did they farm it out to China ?

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    Pics of the Spicer

    Just finished the bike a few days ago. Gene Spicer is great to work with. What comes to mind is honesty, integrity, and meticulous. I was very specific in the build, not a detail or dimension was missed. Worked with him for 30 days for the initial design phase, then the next couple of months while the bike was in build. My pics here: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=73240

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    How do you like the thumbies?

    I would really like to run a set on my moustache bar. How do you like them?

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    Kish is the best...

    I would go directly to the source, a very fine ti/steel builder already mentioned here, and that is Jim Kish, http://www.kishbike.com/, who builds fantastic ti frames for (besides his own brand of course) Retrotec; Sycip; Cook Brothers; etc., etc.
    Just get a custom Kish. You'll be glad you did.
    Look at those super bullets!!!

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    Thumbies better than I expected

    Quote Originally Posted by green mt. boy
    I would really like to run a set on my moustache bar. How do you like them?
    I haven't used thumbies since 1994. I had been using gripshift for a number of years and really like it. However, with the HBars, I was forced to look at the Shimano integrated stuff or the thumbies. While I haven't raced with thumbies, I can say that I don't at all miss gripshift. I also really like the simplicity and light weight. Another major benefit is that changing out cables is incredibly simple. No winding up a cable in some housing. It just slides right through the thumbshifter.

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