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    Hope Callin all Curtlo owners

    I'm in the preliminary stages of ordering an Epic Mountaineer. I understand that patience is of the utmost importance when ordering a frame from Curtlo; might any of you Curtlo owners be so kind as to post a few pics on this thread?

    I figure it might just make the lead-time seem a bit shorter.

    Gracias

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    Glad to see someone else is in the same boat as me. I just ordered an Advanced Mountaineer (about 3 weeks ago). When I was talking to Doug, he said time to completion is about 10 weeks.

    How far along are you? I can't wait.

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    Here go.
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    Nice!

    Sweet looking ride! Why the short head tube?

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    Asking because of the mile high spacer stack? When I took those pics, I hadn't cut the steer tube yet.

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    Here's mine, 29er with paragon sliders for Rohloff and guides, In 1x9 now.
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    My 03 Mountaineer

    Very nice ride. Fillet brazed frame. Curved seat stays. But I like my IF Deluxe a little better. The blue one is a 02 mountaineer Solo with track dropouts curved stays and v- mounts, and the third one is I think a 92 Aluminum Curtlo,It has canti stop
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    Quite the collection

    Quote Originally Posted by chruby99
    Very nice ride. Fillet brazed frame. Curved seat stays. But I like my IF Deluxe a little better. The blue one is a 02 mountaineer Solo with track dropouts curved stays and v- mounts, and the third one is I think a 92 Aluminum Curtlo,It has canti stop
    Impressive line-up; I really appreciate you taking the time to forward the pics! My frame will have paragon adjustable dropouts, and will be prepped for (future) use as a geared hard tail; it'll be set up as a single speed for a while (maybe forever!)

    Any words of wisdom you can offer for dealing with Curtlo? Anything I should be aware of or pay special attention to?

    Also, how do you like your White Bros. sussy fork? I ride a Pace RC31 XC rigid carbon fork, but I've got a buddy who just ordered a White Bros. for his Ti Quireing frame.

    Thanks again!

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    well

    I have never had any complaints about my frame. I love the curved stays and them brazed joints.

    as for forks, I love White Brothers forks. They are really a set it and forget it fork. the one pictured is a 05 XC.8 so it has a manual lockout if you like rigid. I also have an 00 XC-4 air sprung and air dampened fork that is also awesome. Very rigid forks, very easy to service very light weight. bothe weight in between 3-3.5 Not bad for a fork that has 32mm stanction and @ 8 inches of steerer. My next fork and most likely the one after that will be a White Brothers.

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    I placed my order for mine at the beginning of February. On February 1, I heard from Doug in my initial "interview" about what I wanted, etc. He said he's sure he'd have more questions for me and that he'd follow up (which I assume means that at the time, we'll talk about how I want the cable stops put on, etc). He quoted me 10 weeks to complete the bike and I made my deposit. Now, 4 weeks later, I haven't heard anything from him in regards to the finer details or what color I'd like, etc.

    My question is, is this common? Seems to me that letting 4 to 5 weeks go by without even letting me know where the project stands is absurd. I really don't want to bother him as I'm sure he's busy, but I'm beginning to wonder if he has forgotten. Any advice?

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    at the risk of sounding cliche, "patience is a virtue." Doug Curtiss has a stellar reputation as a custom frame builder, and you're right, he does stay very busy. Most Curtlo owners I've been in contact with all agree one two things;
    1. Quality of the end-product is very good!
    2. Well worth the wait, and you will wait!
    I placed my order closer to the middle of February, at which time I submitted the required measurements, and also a few pics of me on my current bike. I have emailed Doug since then several times to "follow up" on the emails I've sent. Doug has always made the time to return my emails. I think that the "finer details" will be critical later on in the actual build stage, so I wouldn't worry much. Either send him an email or give him a call. Keep me posted on how things progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    I placed my order for mine at the beginning of February. On February 1, I heard from Doug in my initial "interview" about what I wanted, etc. He said he's sure he'd have more questions for me and that he'd follow up (which I assume means that at the time, we'll talk about how I want the cable stops put on, etc). He quoted me 10 weeks to complete the bike and I made my deposit. Now, 4 weeks later, I haven't heard anything from him in regards to the finer details or what color I'd like, etc.

    My question is, is this common? Seems to me that letting 4 to 5 weeks go by without even letting me know where the project stands is absurd. I really don't want to bother him as I'm sure he's busy, but I'm beginning to wonder if he has forgotten. Any advice?

    Just as an FYI - I put my deposit down on Jan-18 and was quoted an 8 week lead time (fully expecting 10+ weeks). It has been almost 7 weeks since then and I'm still waiting to receive a drawing / draft of the frame geometry to approve.

    Thanks to all that have posted their pichers - it helps show that good things come to those who wait.

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    I wouldn't say it's done....but it is ready to ride.

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    Curtlo Support Group

    I haven't laid hands on mine yet, but it's finished and on the
    way. Here's a sneak peak -
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    Yeah, it's strange. But oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard
    I haven't laid hands on mine yet, but it's finished and on the
    way. Here's a sneak peak -
    How long did it take you to get to this point?

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    Wait time

    Quote Originally Posted by Suds
    How long did it take you to get to this point?
    15 weeks.

    YMMV

    Also, this was over the Holidays, which may have had
    something to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard
    15 weeks.

    YMMV

    Also, this was over the Holidays, which may have had
    something to do with it.

    ZB
    Thanks for the update.

    In that case, it is 8 weeks down (total quoted delivery time) and 7 weeks to go for me?

    I honestly don't mind waiting 15 weeks for a quality and value product, but I would just prefer that this was told to me upfront.

    Hope you enjoy your new ride once it arrive to your doorstep.

    Cheers - Suds
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    I understand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Suds
    Thanks for the update.

    In that case, it is 8 weeks down (total quoted delivery time) and 7 weeks to go?

    I honestly don't mind waiting 15 weeks for a quality and value product, but I would just prefer that this was told to me upfront.

    Hope you enjoy your new ride once it arrive to your doorstep.

    Cheers - Suds
    My wait time was significantly longer than quoted, but this was the bike I wanted,
    so I tried to go in with the attitude of "I'll get it when I get it." I'm not really sure
    why he doesn't just quote longer lead times from the outset, but that's his choice.

    I don't think Doug puts a lot of emphasis on communication until it's your turn.
    Once my number came up, we went through detail design and two drawing revisions
    in about 36 hours. When it's your turn in the barrel, things will happen fast.

    I choose to view it this way - The less time he spends talking and the more time
    he spends building, the faster we all get our bikes.

    I expect we will both be very happy in the end.

    Enjoy,
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    Any of you kids have updates on your build? I'm in week 8 now. Haven't heard a word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    Any of you kids have updates on your build? I'm in week 8 now. Haven't heard a word.
    I'm sitting approx 11 weeks out (quoted 8 weeks). I did get a chance to talk to Doug briefly on the phone at week 7 - at that time he estimated that I should see some progress, in 3 weeks - wait, that would have been last week. From all accounts, once your turn is up, thing happen fast, at least that's what I'm hoping for. I know the frame that Doug makes will be what I really want, so I'll do my best to chill and relax until then.

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    Mine got here

    Quote Originally Posted by Suds
    I'm sitting approx 11 weeks out (quoted 8 weeks). I did get a chance to talk to Doug briefly on the phone at week 7 - at that time he estimated that I should see some progress, in 3 weeks - wait, that would have been last week. From all accounts, once your turn is up, thing happen fast, at least that's what I'm hoping for. I know the frame that Doug makes will be what I really want, so I'll do my best to chill and relax until then.
    Mine got here last Friday, for about a 16 week lead time. I've been too busy riding
    it to take any pictures or post, but there's a couple shots below.

    Epic Mountaineer
    EBB SS 36:20
    Reba Race
    Thomson bar / stem
    Race Face Square Taper cranks
    King SS Disc hubs / CX-Ray spokes / 717 rims
    Flite
    Cane Creek S-8 headset, AD-5 shock
    Kenda weenies
    Yadda yadda

    It would have been a bargain at double the price and four times the wait.
    I absolutely couldn't be happier.

    Fit is perfect, alignment is perfect, geometry and handling are superb.

    Softail functions better than I dared hope. It doesn't feel like "suspension"
    at all - Zero bobbing while out of the saddle, but knocks down all of the
    trail buzz. Seven hours of Pisgah this weekend without the slightest bit
    of back pain or stiffness. No issues with flex, at least not with my hulking
    147 pounds.

    Hang in there - good things are on the way!
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    Nishe!

    Very nice line-up. Obviously, you're a CURTLO fan!

    Thanks again to everyone who's contributed to this thread. I can't wait to get my frame!

    mtbker

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    all these Curtlo is making me hard to resist picking up the phone to call Doug for a new 24hr frame.. Keep em coming..

    anyone got the weight of their 24hr ?

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    here's a few of my Curtlo in it's current setup.





    I got mine back in 2004. Ordered in late Feb. and it arrived sometime in June. After riding it for close to 3 years now, I can say that it's one of the best bikes I've ever owned.

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    Anyone on the waiting list have new news?

    I'm in week 14 right now. Still haven't discussed anything outside of the original submittal and a couple of pics of me on my current ride. Still no drawing, still no paint details..nada. Nothing.

    Patience is wearing extremely thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    Anyone on the waiting list have new news?

    I'm in week 14 right now. Still haven't discussed anything outside of the original submittal and a couple of pics of me on my current ride. Still no drawing, still no paint details..nada. Nothing.

    Patience is wearing extremely thin.
    Honestly, I never got a drawing from Doug. Didn't matter in the long run as my bike turned out perfect.

    I'm not on the waiting list, but you are in peak building season for Doug right now. Keep in mind it's one guy doing everything; that's what will make your new Curtlo so special. I totally understand your frustration, but patience and persistence will make the wait worth it. Don't be afraid to pick up the phone and give him a call if you haven't done so already.

    edit: As I said in my previous post where I posted pictures, I ordered my frame around the same time you did a few years back. I didn't see it until June. Just an FYI. Welcome to the world of ordering custom from a one man operation. I honestly wouldn't do it any other way, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    Anyone on the waiting list have new news?

    I'm in week 14 right now. Still haven't discussed anything outside of the original submittal and a couple of pics of me on my current ride. Still no drawing, still no paint details..nada. Nothing.

    Patience is wearing extremely thin.
    I'm at week 15 - so you have at least another week + to wait. Two weeks ago Doug said that I should have a drawing this week, so hopefully I'll see it soon (breath not held).

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    I'm not alone

    Hola gang,

    As the originator of this thread, I'd like to send out a big giant "gracias" to all contributors.

    As for my frame... well, I'm in week 10 of the originally quoted 10-12 weeks. I have not heard from Doug since he confirmed the receipt of my deposit in very early March. I have tried to touch-base with him a few times since then (via email), but have yet to receive a response. Although I must admit that the lack of response on Doug's part is a bit frustrating , I can also say that I firmly believe the end result will be well worth the wait

    Keep those pics coming, as they've really helped to confirm what I already know, "Good things come to those who wait!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryancycle
    Honestly, I never got a drawing from Doug. Didn't matter in the long run as my bike turned out perfect.

    I'm not on the waiting list, but you are in peak building season for Doug right now. Keep in mind it's one guy doing everything; that's what will make your new Curtlo so special. I totally understand your frustration, but patience and persistence will make the wait worth it. Don't be afraid to pick up the phone and give him a call if you haven't done so already.

    edit: As I said in my previous post where I posted pictures, I ordered my frame around the same time you did a few years back. I didn't see it until June. Just an FYI. Welcome to the world of ordering custom from a one man operation. I honestly wouldn't do it any other way, though.
    Thanks for the additional information.

    I know patience is required....but it's kind of like being a kid getting close to Christmas. You know the gifts are coming and you can't wait to open them.

    I had Wade at Vulture build up my SS a few years ago. It took him 8 weeks total....so I was sort of basing this purchase on that. Obviously, it's not the case.

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    24 hour vs. Epic (29ers)

    Okay, I'm looking for anyone with experiences with either of these frames, preferably geared, preferably 29", and preferably a short person. I'm looking hard at these two for long haul racing. How do they compare in soaking up the trail? Anyone 5'6" or shorter had one built?

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    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    Anyone on the waiting list have new news?

    I'm in week 14 right now. Still haven't discussed anything outside of the original submittal and a couple of pics of me on my current ride. Still no drawing, still no paint details..nada. Nothing.

    Patience is wearing extremely thin.

    14 weeks? That ain't nothing. I waited almost 9 months for my last Curtlo frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klydesdale
    14 weeks? That ain't nothing. I waited almost 9 months for my last Curtlo frame.

    that's nothing... according to the Vanilla bikes site, wait time for a new Vanilla is 47 months!!!!! I guess you'd have to want one reeeeaaaaallly f'in bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryancycle
    that's nothing... according to the Vanilla bikes site, wait time for a new Vanilla is 47 months!!!!! I guess you'd have to want one reeeeaaaaallly f'in bad.

    Yeah, but we're talking about Curtlo frames here. And actual wait times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klydesdale
    Yeah, but we're talking about Curtlo frames here. And actual wait times.

    yes, I know as I've already posted a few times in regards to Curtlo wait times in this thread. I was simply saying that things could be worse... like a 4 year wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klydesdale
    14 weeks? That ain't nothing. I waited almost 9 months for my last Curtlo frame.
    My order will be canceled if it gets anywhere close to that.

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    Well, I think I'm going to have to break down and order a new Curtlo now.... the important question is: what color????

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    Now. focus

    ... at least there is one thing that we all seem to agree on; Doug Curtis builds a kick @#&* bike frame. I can't wait to get mine!

    Ryancycle,

    hows the riding up in INDI? I'm from Florida, but I have a little girl that lives in Lafayette. Needless to say, I'm in Indiana often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbker1224
    ... at least there is one thing that we all seem to agree on; Doug Curtis builds a kick @#&* bike frame. I can't wait to get mine!

    Ryancycle,

    hows the riding up in INDI? I'm from Florida, but I have a little girl that lives in Lafayette. Needless to say, I'm in Indiana often.
    Funny, but I'm also from the Indy area. The riding has greatly improved over the past 11 years that I've been here. If you haven't already, point your browser over to hmba.org and have a look see. Also, feel free to shoot me a PM with any q's or anytime you are coming to town looking for a ride recommendation or companion.

    Cheers - Suds!

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    5 frames ordered, mostly road and cross. I have an S3 tubed road frame on order. I expect it early June. I was quoted Early April. My average wait time has probably been about 4 to 4.5 months or so for my prior Curtlos. Always quoted around 10 weeks or so.

    Don't get frustrated, just relax and realize this your current frustrations will disappear once on the saddle.

    When Doug is ready to build S3 tubed mtb's I will order another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbker1224
    ... at least there is one thing that we all seem to agree on; Doug Curtis builds a kick @#&* bike frame. I can't wait to get mine!

    Ryancycle,

    hows the riding up in INDI? I'm from Florida, but I have a little girl that lives in Lafayette. Needless to say, I'm in Indiana often.

    There's some very nice trails in the state of Indiana, particularly down south in Brown County. If you can, I highly recommend checking out Brown County State Park.

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    How did you go about ordering a bike from Curtlo? I have been trying for weeks to get in touch to place an order. I emailed, and have called once or twice a day for weeks without any answer. Did you just mail in the order form and wait for him to get in touch, or is there some other secret?

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    uhm?!

    Wow man, seems a bit odd, but...

    I would suggest that you print the custom fit form provided on Doug's website, (look for the how to buy link) and then fax it off to him. Believe it or not, Doug was well aware of my order prior to my actual telephone conversation with him. It may sound risky, but go ahead and forward the 50% deposit as well; I'm pretty sure this gets your name officially added to the list.

    Hey, any of you guys think I should email Doug a link to this thread?

    Adios,

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    I started everything off with Doug via email. He seemed to respond to emails later in the evening. I would say he answered the phone 30% of the time when I called as well. Not bad for a one man operation. As far as the long wait times, I think the squeky wheel gets the grease.

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    Update... NOT!

    For all who may be interested;

    I tried to contact Doug via email last week. My message was both apologetic ("please pardon the interruption") and to the point. I implied absolutely no pressure, I simply wanted to know how things are progressing with my build. Unfortunately, I've received no response. According to my calculations I'm in week #15; hopefully I'll receive word soon. Until then, I'll just keep in mind that I'm sure to end up with a sweet frame, and continue to wait patiently.

    Anybody out there with updates on his/her order?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbker1224
    For all who may be interested;

    I tried to contact Doug via email last week. My message was both apologetic ("please pardon the interruption") and to the point. I implied absolutely no pressure, I simply wanted to know how things are progressing with my build. Unfortunately, I've received no response. According to my calculations I'm in week #15; hopefully I'll receive word soon. Until then, I'll just keep in mind that I'm sure to end up with a sweet frame, and continue to wait patiently.

    Anybody out there with updates on his/her order?
    This Thursday will be 16 weeks for me.....and no update, unfortunately.

    I haven't sent any e-mails because I don't really want to bug him. Sounds like he's very busy. I was hoping to have the bike before a vacation to Colorado in July...but I don't see it happening at the rate this build is going.

    Folks weren't joking when they said to be patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    This Thursday will be 16 weeks for me.....and no update, unfortunately.

    I haven't sent any e-mails because I don't really want to bug him. Sounds like he's very busy. I was hoping to have the bike before a vacation to Colorado in July...but I don't see it happening at the rate this build is going.

    Folks weren't joking when they said to be patient.
    Last week was week 17 for me. My geometry drawing came from Doug via email. I asked for a couple of small changes, had a new drawing the next morning and sent him my approval. Doug was very attentive and great to work with during these changes. All I can say is - you will receive great care once you are in the queue - it just takes some patience to get there.

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    Another Brand Spanking New Curtlo!

    This is not my bike but my buddy and I built her up for him last week. He is too busy riding to make the post so I will do it for him. Early reports are in: He loves it and is on his 3rd ride in 3 days. A lot of components were new, few old. The frame is beautiful with great welds AND attention to detail. His first mountain bike (hardtail) lasted him 10 years and I suspect this one will last him into old age. Enough babble, here is the complete bike!
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    New question here. Anyone out there know?

    Do new Curtlo frames come equipped with a blinging head badge, or is it typically a decal?

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    Decals

    This one I built up had decals, already starting to come off..... It would be nice if it had a badge but one could always have one made. The website does state "badge" but should really say decal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbker1224
    For all who may be interested;

    I tried to contact Doug via email last week. My message was both apologetic ("please pardon the interruption") and to the point. I implied absolutely no pressure, I simply wanted to know how things are progressing with my build. Unfortunately, I've received no response. According to my calculations I'm in week #15; hopefully I'll receive word soon. Until then, I'll just keep in mind that I'm sure to end up with a sweet frame, and continue to wait patiently.

    Anybody out there with updates on his/her order?
    I received my frame about a week ago (~ 7 month wait time, quoted 6-8 wks...). Sure the delay sucked, and I do wish I had gotten more frequent/regular updates (not so that I could hassle/hurry Doug, not my style, but rather just for peace of mind/curiosity), but it was worh it...the frame is awesome and I'm sure that the bike will ride beautifully.
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    Please... send a few pics.

    Quote Originally Posted by lushmd
    I received my frame about a week ago (~ 7 month wait time, quoted 6-8 wks...). Sure the delay sucked, and I do wish I had gotten more frequent/regular updates (not so that I could hassle/hurry Doug, not my style, but rather just for peace of mind/curiosity), but it was worh it...the frame is awesome and I'm sure that the bike will ride beautifully.
    Doug emailed to let me know that my build is coming up soon, and that he would be contacting me in the near future to hash out the finer details; it was nice to receive the update. It's been about 1 week since then; I figure I'm at least another 4 weeks out. Again, I'm not the least bit upset about the wait, and I'm confident that the frame will be awesome. Hopefully, I'll be able to get an actual head badge (rather than a decal) for my frame... me likey the Bling!

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    Pics

    Some pics can be found here...more to come in the near future, as the build progresses...
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    Still no word on mine. I'm guessing it will be up soon, seeing as those who ordered around the same time I did have heard from him.

    This is definitely becoming an exercise in patience.

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    Stay the path my friend...

    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    Still no word on mine. I'm guessing it will be up soon, seeing as those who ordered around the same time I did have heard from him.

    This is definitely becoming an exercise in patience.
    I can totally relate, but the more photos I see, and customer testemonials I read, the more I'm convinced that the wait is worth while. Fortunately, I'm still riding my Turner Flux, and my Surly SS while I wait. This may sound crazy, but if my frame turns out the way I expect it to, I'll likely be getting my name on the list for a soft tail right away. I'm pretty sure our frames are scheduled in the same batch, so let's keep each other posted.

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    Waited seven months for the frame and one more for the correct shock. It was agonizing at time but would do it again.
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    Think of the long wait as a blessing in disguise. You guys could be hoarding blingy parts for your build while you wait. That's what I'll be doing when I order my SS cross bike from him.

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    i feel your pain

    I am in the same boat as most of you. I order my bike Jan. 13th and I am still waiting for the finished product. It is at the painters so I am hoping to see it in the next week or two. This does not seem to be a fast process, and only gets slower when you have most of the parts for the bike but no frame and fork. It does sound like it is worth the wait. I have found the best way to keep in touch with Doug is via email, although it may take him a couple of days to reply, it also seems if he has no updates he will not reply. I guess he is busy building bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony o
    I am in the same boat as most of you. I order my bike Jan. 13th and I am still waiting for the finished product. It is at the painters so I am hoping to see it in the next week or two. This does not seem to be a fast process, and only gets slower when you have most of the parts for the bike but no frame and fork. It does sound like it is worth the wait. I have found the best way to keep in touch with Doug is via email, although it may take him a couple of days to reply, it also seems if he has no updates he will not reply. I guess he is busy building bikes.
    Look on the bright side, at least you know your's is at paint on will be on it's way soon. I ordered mine a little over 2 weeks after you ordered your's and to date, I don't have jack sheot. No drawings. No communication back. No nothing. Nada. Zilch. I'm in week 19 and the last time I heard anything was on February 1 when I put in the order and my credit card was processed for the down payment.

    The bikes may be stellar. The customer service is severly lacking. I'm sorry, but don't tell people you're on a 10 week schedule when it's really 2 to 3 times that. I can handle honesty up front.....

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    yeah, looks... that's why I ride!

    Quote Originally Posted by LIFECYCLE
    I wouldnt bother,the bikes look boring.Sorry......
    You're absolutely right, Forget the reputation, forget the strong following, and forget the fact that Curtlo offers one of the best custom fit frames available. Do, however, remember to buy something because it looks... exciting!

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    Ok,i am going out on my bike today.You can wait for yours and its blinging head badge.I just hope its worth it for you.No offence.......

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    I am sure your custom "NEXT" fits you like a glove. Enjoy your ride!

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    on its way

    I got an email from Doug, my bike is on its way. News2ss I hope this means you are close. I will post updated info when i actually have the frame and fork........

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony o
    I got an email from Doug, my bike is on its way. News2ss I hope this means you are close. I will post updated info when i actually have the frame and fork........
    Man I wish.

    I'm in week 20 right now. Still no drawings. Still haven't discussed color, cable routing, etc. Still no response to my e-mail last week inquiring as to where I am in the cue.

    Speaking of color...I wish the damn color samples on his website would show up. All I get are blank boxes with names of colors in them.

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    Its Here!

    I received my bike Friday of last week. It was actually here on Wens the 20 but the post office would not deliver the package, which is fine since no one was here to take it. Any way I placed my order on Jan 13 and got the bike on June 20.

    It looks sweet.....Good luck to all of you waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony o
    I received my bike Friday of last week. It was actually here on Wens the 20 but the post office would not deliver the package, which is fine since no one was here to take it. Any way I placed my order on Jan 13 and got the bike on June 20.

    It looks sweet.....Good luck to all of you waiting.
    Congrats! Mine is currently being powder coated - I ordered on Jan 18.

    Now - where are the pichers ???

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    [QUOTE=Suds]Congrats! Mine is currently being powder coated - I ordered on Jan 18.
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    Alright, the frame showed up on Friday, June 29. Have I mentioned that it is one of Doug's S3 road frames? Anyway - here is a link to some photos, etc.

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=99429

    Best of luck to all those waiting - I can assure you that your patience will be rewarded.

    Cheers - Suds

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    [QUOTE=Suds]
    Quote Originally Posted by Suds
    Congrats! Mine is currently being powder coated - I ordered on Jan 18.
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    Alright, the frame showed up on Friday, June 29. Have I mentioned that it is one of Doug's S3 road frames? Anyway - here is a link to some photos, etc.

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=99429

    Best of luck to all those waiting - I can assure you that your patience will be rewarded.

    Cheers - Suds


    My S3 road frame will be here shortly. What is frame weight and size?

    EDIT: nevermind, I read the other thread--congrats it looks great!

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    Very cool...

    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    Got my drawings today via e-mail. Can't wait to finally throw a leg over her.

    looks like it's gonna be a sweet 29ner! Unless I'm mistaken, my drawing should be coming along shortly too I'm pretty sure our orders were in within days of one another. I'll keep you all posted.

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    sweetness

    Love this bike, but it is not mine. I am considering having a Curtlo built with the Pro shock fork soon. Probably not the softtail or the couplers though. It would also have regular dropouts.

    The color is killer
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    new color

    this used to be red, just got it back from a repair and new color. Not Doug's fork either, but he was kind enough to coat it for me with the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiganClydesdale
    this used to be red, just got it back from a repair and new color. Not Doug's fork either, but he was kind enough to coat it for me with the frame.

    Is it a 29er? Hard to tell because it all looks very well proportioned.

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    after reading all this, I probably will be hitting my email send button real soon.

    should be getting a S3 roadie(SS coupling) and a 24hr together if the my performance bonus comes up well...

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    Woo Hoo!

    Doug just emailed my preliminary drawing this morning; SWEET
    Funny story; I had originally intended to order a full rigid Advanced Mountaineer, but somewhere along the line I screwed up and ordered an Epic instead
    Now I'm thinking I'll go ahead with the soft tail frame... just wondering how it will work out with a rigid fork as a single speed?
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    For the guys who have their frames, did the process start to move quicker once you received your drawings?

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    spoke with Doug last night...

    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    For the guys who have their frames, did the process start to move quicker once you received your drawings?
    We discussed a few slight "tweaks" to my drawing; he was making the changes as we spoke. Doug explained that he would have the final revised drawing to me by Monday. When I told him that I figured on another 4 weeks of lead-time before receiving my frame, he assured me that it absolutely will NOT take that long. I'll keep everyone posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    For the guys who have their frames, did the process start to move quicker once you received your drawings?
    I approved the frame geometry on May 18th and the frame arrived at my door on June 29th for what its worth.

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    Not that it really matters much, since I have been looking at all options, and most more expensive, but his web pricing is about 1yr old. Has it changed much. I am definitely going with Doug at this point on a 29er 24hr. The nice thing is that he is only a couple of hours away, and we have work scheduled up there in a few months.
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    New question here. Anyone....

    have an update on the status of his/her order? I'm still waiting; I'm thinking it'll be another week before receiving word from Doug.

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    24hr 29er

    I finally finished constructing my 24hr 29er and took it out this weekend. It is sweet. I just need to get use to the single speed aspect of it. The likes to go fast and has no problem climbing at all. Mine in fully rigid, but it rides really smooth. I am very impressed. My other bike is a carbon softtail (Trek STP 300) and I would say the steel hard tail rides just as smooth.

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    On Monday, I sent Doug my paint choice as well as details concerning the cable routing.

    Today, I received an e-mail back saying thanks for the additional information and that it is now time to build the frame. I would expect probably another 4 to 6 weeks to receive it, considering build time plus paint, etc.

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    My order and deposit went in a week ago or so. Talked with Doug a bit about geometry. Now I get to wait a while. wooo
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    ... and if we just ... It's here, it's really here!

    Got the official word from Doug via email yesterday. Best of all, at this very moment, my frame is at home waiting for me to throw a leg around her . Looks like I'll be busy building a new bike over the weekend. Having issues with attaching pics right now , but I'll get some on in the very near future.

    To those of you still on the waiting list; hang in there, good things are on the horizon .

    Adios

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    Here ya go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbker1224
    To those of you still on the waiting list; hang in there, good things are on the horizon .
    OK, so what was your total wait time, from deposit to receipt. I am glad my wait is going to be over winter. very nice looking BTW
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    well...

    I placed my order in very early February, so... well over 20 weeks. Been too busy workin and ridin to finish putting her together, but I should be ready for the maiden ride by this coming Saturday. I'll make sure to post pics of the final build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbker1224
    Got the official word from Doug via email yesterday. Best of all, at this very moment, my frame is at home waiting for me to throw a leg around her . Looks like I'll be busy building a new bike over the weekend. Having issues with attaching pics right now , but I'll get some on in the very near future.

    To those of you still on the waiting list; hang in there, good things are on the horizon .

    Adios
    You beat me!!! I haven't heard back from Doug on mine yet. I figure since you and I ordered around the same time, mine should be almost on it's way.

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    Do you guys know if Doug takes kindly to in person visits? I read the custom fit PDF and... well, it seems like he bases a lot on the geometry of your current bike -- what if you don't like your current bike (thus the interest in getting a new one)? I'm on an old Trek, and dont' really like the way it handles, fits me and strips my confidence when riding because it just feels squirrely... Calling or actually visiting him would be, IMO, the best route... but what do you folks think who have dealt with him before? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matteus
    I read the custom fit PDF and... well, it seems like he bases a lot on the geometry of your current bike -- what if you don't like your current bike (thus the interest in getting a new one)?
    Feel free to leave the info for the new bike blank, or mostly blank.... I did. The first time I talked with him He asked plenty of questions about what I liked and did not like about my current bike. I also attached some other info about what it was that I was looking for in a new bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matteus
    Do you guys know if Doug takes kindly to in person visits? I read the custom fit PDF and... well, it seems like he bases a lot on the geometry of your current bike -- what if you don't like your current bike (thus the interest in getting a new one)? I'm on an old Trek, and dont' really like the way it handles, fits me and strips my confidence when riding because it just feels squirrely... Calling or actually visiting him would be, IMO, the best route... but what do you folks think who have dealt with him before? Thanks!

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    Doug personally fit me for my Advanced Mountaineer back when he was building here in southern Calif. Contact him and see what he says.

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    I had the exact same concerns for a while, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by matteus
    Do you guys know if Doug takes kindly to in person visits? I read the custom fit PDF and... well, it seems like he bases a lot on the geometry of your current bike -- what if you don't like your current bike (thus the interest in getting a new one)? I'm on an old Trek, and dont' really like the way it handles, fits me and strips my confidence when riding because it just feels squirrely... Calling or actually visiting him would be, IMO, the best route... but what do you folks think who have dealt with him before? Thanks!

    Matt
    After sending him pictures and explaining the likes and dislikes of other bikes I've owned, Doug was able to make suggestions, and finally several tweaks to the final drawing. Long story short, he totally nailed it with my new frame. The first time I rode it, I was amazed at how my position on the bike seemed so familiar. The dislikes I had discussed with Doug are no longer, and I couldn't be happier with my new ride. I suggest you call Doug and speak with him personally; he's a really cool guy.

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    I asked him if making a trip up there would be ok and he said he wouldn't mind at all. Plus the Methow Valley is awesome.

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    The frame Doug built for me was basically a copy of the geometry of a frame that I liked, but with nicer tubing and EBB for singlespeed.

    I sent him the old frame's geometry chart, and then we chatted for about 20 minutes about a few changes. For example: he suggested that if I plan to continue using Thomson seatpost (I do), consider slackening the seat tube by 1/2 degree to make up for their lack of setback. That sort of thing.

    End result: great. Well worth the wait.

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    Good job! A letter to Doug Curtis...

    Did the first official ride on my new Epic for the first time yesterday; Im in love, and happy to report that you seem to have nailed the fit. The 1 of rear travel eliminates all small trail bumps and takes the edge off of the root-covered rocky areas; there is no suspension bob. Im amazed at how well the bike hooks up on climbs. In fact, weve recently had heavy rains here (almost nightly for over a week now), and most of the local trails are washed out and extremely slick (lots of clay here), yet I was still able to scoot up the most difficult climbs with no slipping of the rear wheel, and with very little adjustment of my center of gravity in the cockpit; coming out of the saddle was not necessary. The bike handles extremely well, and, regardless of loose dirt, rocks, or roots, the rear wheel stays on the ground. All in all, the bike hooks up better than anything Ive ever owned or ridden.

    In short, you can add me to the long list of satisfied customers. I couldnt be happier with the final result, and it was well worth the wait! I will definitely be in touch again in the near future to start working on details for a new single speed frame.

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    I see I'm not alone

    Thanks for the photos and comments. Glad to see that my ongoing wait isn't abnormal. After so many dates promised then missed I was starting to wonder if I'd been taken, so I searched the web for some dirt on Doug which is how I landed here. For what it's worth I found negative comments from only one unhappy customer and his complaint was pretty vague - thems good odds if you ask me.

    Original delivery date was early October, now I'm hoping for the end of the year. But at least I now know that it's just bidniz as usual from Curlo.

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    So when did you put your order in? Just curious. I went into mine expecting the wait, and calculating by what others have seen for wait times I should see mine mid Feb.
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    4 months ago

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    So when did you put your order in?
    Last half of July. The originally estimated "8-10 weeks" had me planning to ride it in early October. I'm such a dreamer. The drawings arrived yesterday.
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    Good job! Very cool...

    I'm enjoying the heck out of mine. I've pretty much gotten the air pressure on my Relish shock dialed-in now; same with my FOX F-80 fork. A word of advice; unless you're having the frame shipped from Doug's place to say a powder coater like Spectrum, don't be surprised if your color selection is a bit, shall we say, off! I ordered a really cool metallic silver; provided the Tiger Drylac code. I ended up with a battleship grey with a bit of metal in it. At first I was upset, but the color has grown on me. From what I hear, this isn't unique to Curtlo; my buddy recently had a Waltworks built, and his color was completely off too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock Punk
    Last half of July. The originally estimated "8-10 weeks" had me planning to ride it in early October. I'm such a dreamer. The drawings arrived yesterday.
    Good to know, thanks! I am about 1 month behind you in order time.
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    It took just under 7 months to get my frame, ordered it in Jan of 07 received late june 07. The bike is sweet and well worth the wait, of course easy to say when I have the bike..... For what it is worth my paint color was dead on.

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    mine arrives tomorrow...

    A mix of S3 and some OX Platinum tubes. It is a SS 29er with an EBB.

    Vital stats when it arrives...
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    Good job! '98 Curtlo

    First post on these forums; making it in this thread seems like a natural way to start.

    I had been riding a C'dale Raven when I decided to get back to my hardtail "roots", and talked with Doug and a couple of other builders. Enjoyed conversing with Doug the most so I put in the order and sent the deposit and a CAD drawing I had come up with. I was basing my ideas off 2 hardtails I had owned in the past; Mr. Curtiss had no objections and made a couple of suggestions on tube selection. The deal was made and I settled in for the 10 week ( ) wait.

    Obviously it took longer than that. But that wasn't really unexpected at the time as I caught him in the middle of his move from California up to Winthrop, WA. Still, by month 4 I was, um, "anxious" to get my new frame. I happened to catch him at home on the phone one Friday morning in early December and he said it was ready to go I promptly called in sick to work, then made the drive from my home in Wenatchee to his place outside Winthrop in record time.

    My first surprise was that the frame had been painted the wrong color, and didn't have the decals yet. Doug was instantly apologetic and offered to get it repainted. Magnanimously, I declared that British Racing Green was my new favorite frame color -- and it did grow on me really quickly. Doug applied the decals, and I had my frame !

    Best part actually came after that, however. I hung out for the next couple of hours; meeting his wife and his adorable toddler daughter. I feel much older thinking about how that kid is maybe in junior high now and likely ripping around on some sweet ride built by her dad -- doesn't get a whole lot cooler than that. Anyway, after a bit it came out that he was in the process of getting his shop set up, and that he and his father-in-law should probably get back to it. Think I surprised him by offering to stay and help move all the heavy stuff. And some of his machinery was danged heavy. I'll never forget the odd feeling of, well, almost awe at having the opportunity to muscle around the equipment that was part of making my frame a reality ... and just helping out, even in the most simple way, the man who created a frame I still call my main ride to this day.

    I may post a pic of the old girl ... I'm looking to give her a slight makeover after the new year parts-wise, and will definitely post one then. Now to convince the wife that I need a 'cross frame from Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Law
    A mix of S3 and some OX Platinum tubes. It is a SS 29er with an EBB.

    Vital stats when it arrives...

    A mix of OX Platinum and S3 Tubing. I should be able to get out on it today for the first time.
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    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    that color is so nice!!

    so the front triangle is OX Platinum while the rear is on S3?

    care to share the weight and the size?

    I was also thinking of a similar setup for my lightweight body(140lbs kitted)
    but read that S3 are road only, so put it up for a while..

    time to email to doug for a new 24hr.

    real sweet look bike!!

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    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    that color is so nice!!

    so the front triangle is OX Platinum while the rear is on S3?

    care to share the weight and the size?

    I was also thinking of a similar setup for my lightweight body(140lbs kitted)
    but read that S3 are road only, so put it up for a while..

    time to email to doug for a new 24hr.

    real sweet look bike!!

    Thanks! Downtube is S3, with a OX Platinum that has the same profile as an S3 top tube. The Head tube also seems pretty thin, thinner than my old OX Platinum mtb head tube. The stays are not S3 because they are not up to the forces of a disc brake, nor do the Chainstays come with the clearance I wanted in the back.

    It is a 29er, and I weigh 190-200 lbs. The frame has a 24.5" Effective Top tube, so it is fairly large.

    I have been riding a fully tubed S3 cyclocross frame from Doug for 2 seasons and it has been beat pretty good, but has held up very nicely. Both ride like a dream. I just took the Solo 29er out a few hours ago, and it was perfect.
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    I ordered my Curtlo 29er in February and just got the frame this weekend. Don't have any decent pics yet (the ones below are from camera phone right after it arrived so the quality sucks), but will take some and post later this week. Doug's a really cool guy. The build process took a lot longer than I expected, but that's okay, it looks like it'll be worth the wait.



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    Good job! Very cool!

    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    I ordered my Curtlo 29er in February and just got the frame this weekend. Don't have any decent pics yet (the ones below are from camera phone right after it arrived so the quality sucks), but will take some and post later this week. Doug's a really cool guy. The build process took a lot longer than I expected, but that's okay, it looks like it'll be worth the wait.



    So, you finally got your new frame; nice! Is that a battleship gray color? Mine looks to be almost exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbker1224
    So, you finally got your new frame; nice! Is that a battleship gray color? Mine looks to be almost exactly the same.
    Thanks, yeah, it was a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong wait, but I think it'll be worth it.

    The color is actually greenish gray (from the Curtlo website), but for some reason, my camera phone makes it look much more gray than it actually is. The color is closer to the color in this pic:


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    Nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by New2SS
    Thanks, yeah, it was a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong wait, but I think it'll be worth it.

    The color is actually greenish gray (from the Curtlo website), but for some reason, my camera phone makes it look much more gray than it actually is. The color is closer to the color in this pic:

    Mine is a battleship gray with a slight (I mean very slight) hint of metal flake. It's not what I ordered (exactly), but it's grown on me in a utilitarian way. I've had mine built up now for well over a month, but I've been too busy riding to get any good pictures I'll get some and then post them over the weekend.

    SS; aren't you from the Indi area?

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    Just got my drawings this morning. I am really pretty excited, Doug asked me what I thought of the bent top tube. I was not sure until I opened it to have a look. I mostly like classic lines but it is not a large bend, and I am digging the extra stand over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    Just got my drawings this morning. I am really pretty excited, Doug asked me what I thought of the bent top tube. I was not sure until I opened it to have a look. I mostly like classic lines but it is not a large bend, and I am digging the extra stand over.

    I'm happy to hear that my Curtlo brethren are starting to receive their finished frames. I'm still super pleased with mine; plan to do a 50 mile off road ride up in North Florida next month... on my new steel soft tail, and I'm looking forward to it.

    Enjoy!

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    woo hoo!

    About 5-1/2 months from deposit to frame. The 26" Epic w/Relish shock weights in at 4.96 lbs.


    Final verdict:

    When Doug talks to you about the bike, you feel like he's totally focused on you and that you're the only customer he has. His advice is gold and I have 100% confidence in his ability to build the best possible frame.

    I wish he hadn't strung me along - I think that's an appropriate term - on the delivery date. I understand that the date is only an estimate, delays happen, and not everything is under his control (e.g. the painters), but it took over twice as long as his longest estimate, and he kept assuring me that it was nearly done even when that clearly wasn't the case. In my opinion that behavior adds an unnecessary negative element. I gather that I'm less forgiving about that than most of the other posters on this thread - are my expectations unrealistic?

    There was also a snafu on the fork - I didn't get one. Doug said there was no fork on his order form. Give him benefit of the doubt because I don't remember, however I do have emails where we discussed which fork would be delivered with the bike.

    My next frame may be another Curtlo, however we'll have to have a heart to heart over the real delivery date before I place my next order.
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    Finally got a few pics

    Well, I finally took some time away from riding and was able to gather a few pictures. Here she is, my new baby!
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    yeah..

    is there a special dance i have to do to have Doug call me back?

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    Not that I know of. I got into the queue last sept. After the few initial email exchanges, it was like communication blackout. There was no replies thereafter to emails.

    Though no deposits was deducted either so besides several months of blind wait, I couldn't really complain of much else. Ended up getting an el-mariachi, but the day that doug finally replies and say that it's my turn, I'd still want to build that 24hr up.

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    not good

    i sent Doug money and a frame to have him retro-fit v-brake mounts and horizontal dropouts to. Total blackout on communication for the last 6-8 months. Very disappointed.

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    Got mine a while back, here it is all built up. 9 months order to delivery.

    24 hour 29er with Paragon sliders
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    Now if work would let up so I could ride it more.

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    he's a busy bee

    Doug took care of my issues and then some; very happy customer here!
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    Very good to hear!
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    Doug Rocks,

    Photo of my 29er that I got this year and the S3 he built for me a few years ago.

    [ATTACH]road and mountain.pdf[/ATTACH]

    I am planning my third one now.
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    Hey Guys,

    There are a zillion US-based custom frame builders and it seems that their basic MTB or even road frames start at $1,250 - $1,500 minimum w/out a fork. If you want a premium tube set add at least $150 but more like $250-$350. Then fillet or lugged-brazed keeps adding to the price maybe another $200-$300. Paint, custom add-ons, geez it never ends - big bucks.

    Now Curtlo prices seem really good in comparison to many others. I've read that StrongFrames are really nicely welded but definitely more dollars then a Curtlo. Don't even think about a Steelman, IF etc.

    Why the (perceived) more reasonable pricing on Curtlo's? Even a lot of really low-profile builders in different parts of the US charge more.

    The only other builder that I found at this price point was Lyonsport - who does lugged and fillet brazing too.

    Anyway is the good pricing why Curtlo has such long waits? Of course Vanilla on the other end of the pricing spectrum has long waits, too - must be alot of dot.com/stock options money out there.

    Any other builders you can recommend that are less then the $2,000 frame only starting price

    Thanks.

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    His low prices and the fact he is more or less a one man shop explains the long wait.

    Don't let Dougs prices fool you. His frames are great. You can spend more for more elaborate paint jobs and headbadges, etc but I think the returns will be diminishing.

    Plus, once you reach $2,000 for a steel frame, you should start thinking about titanium.

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    Very nice indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdrunk
    His low prices and the fact he is more or less a one man shop explains the long wait.

    Don't let Dougs prices fool you. His frames are great. You can spend more for more elaborate paint jobs and headbadges, etc but I think the returns will be diminishing.

    Plus, once you reach $2,000 for a steel frame, you should start thinking about titanium.
    Thanks bigdrunk. Good point about the crossover to titanium from steel pricepoint. I suppose you would have to go to a production frame for titanium as custom titanium (from really any US/Euro builder is going to be insanely expensive. Geez what does a Serrotta or I.F. Ti. go for these days...

    Any other builders you like in addition to Curtlo that offers a qualitysteel build at a pretty good pricepoint? Thanks again.

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    Retail Therapy

    I put some money down for a Curtlo today

    Dougs' frames look great, he's willing to build my dream bike and his prices are lower than a lot of made-overseas production steel frames. I guess the flipside is the wait, which is a non-issue for me since I'm laid up for the season with an injury. Let the stoke & waiting begin!

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    FM, welcome to the club, the wait, although painful, will be well worth it. I am getting ready to order my 3rd Curtlo.

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    Is the ss bright green metalic? on the Curtlo color wheel?

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    One more on the pile

    Got this one off ebay for $750 and it sold it a year later for $1000. The bike was great but just a hair big for me (the prior owner was way off on his measures). Doug was kind enough to pull the real specs for me from the serial number. You would be hard pressed to get a better bike for the price. If you spend more, it should be for looks because mine was in the class of my other "top" bikes (Keith built Bontrager Race Lite, Kona Hot built by TET Cycles, and Jericho Payback). Best steering of any of them. Bravo Doug!
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynolds853
    Got this one off ebay for $750 and it sold it a year later for $1000. The bike was great but just a hair big for me (the prior owner was way off on his measures). Doug was kind enough to pull the real specs for me from the serial number. You would be hard pressed to get a better bike for the price. If you spend more, it should be for looks because mine was in the class of my other "top" bikes (Keith built Bontrager Race Lite, Kona Hot built by TET Cycles, and Jericho Payback). Best steering of any of them. Bravo Doug!
    Serial number? Where is it located? Mine doesn't have one.

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    Serial number?

    You'll have to ask some current owners. I don't recall...

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    Interesting thread--I'm just about to put in an order for a Curtlo Softail (Epic Mountaineer?) spec'd to 650b wheels. I think it'll be a nice bike. I have never had a custom bike before, and Curtlo has a stock geometry--do most folks order the stock geometry, maybe a little tweaked, or are most getting full on custom fittings? Just makin' plans. B-)

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    Be Patient

    Just make sure you are patient with Doug, I have been trying to order one for 2 weeks (It is the holidays) he usually responds pretty quick. They look like awsome bikes. I am going full custom, you might as well (doesnt cost extra). Im just getting the Advanced Mountaineer 29er. I am very excited, im 6'10" and have never had a bike that fits.

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    Has anyone contacted doug in the past 2 weeks?

    I have been trying to contact doug for over two weeks to order a frame. I am excited to put in the order I just cant get a hold of him? Has anyone had any luck? He might just be out for the holidays but I though I would see if anyone has contacted him.

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    Haven't spoken to him in a while, I told him I'd stay out of his hair until my turn in the queue came up.

    I did supply him with all the pics & measurements he requested, plus a CAD file and some other stuff. (I went a bit OCD while I was recovering from an injury)


    Just took my CAD file into photoshop elements. I'm hoping my all mountain Curtlo will look something like this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigtymerider
    I have been trying to contact doug for over two weeks to order a frame. I am excited to put in the order I just cant get a hold of him? Has anyone had any luck? He might just be out for the holidays but I though I would see if anyone has contacted him.
    He and I have exchanged a couple of emails about my new order, so you might try that. He's answered me within a 4-5 days both times.

    He said in one of his emails that he would call me to discuss details, that he can't usually hear the phone because of the noise in his shop so it's hard to get in touch with him by phone...

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    Contacted him today

    Sending in a deposit for one today. He is hard to get a hold of but I understand, costumers are the worst part of any job. And he seems worth the wait. I haven't read one complaint about his work. Even people who get the wrong color love there bike . I cant wait even though I know I will have to.

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    curtlo makes great bikes flat out, I placed an order a couple of years ago about this time. He told me then he usually starts to slow down at the beginning of the year. About stock bikes with Doug, don't even think about it. His system with the pictures of you on your current bike and likes and dislikes turns out spot on. My curtlo rides like a dream, he gave me tips on how to make my current bike treat be better also.

    it did take 6 months so if you are planning to sell your current bike don't.

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    Hey FM

    What kind of tubing is Curtlo building your frame out of? Ive been tossing the idea around of getting a NS Society or Chromag TRL but I just can't get myself to pull the trigger on a non U.S. made frame. Is there an upcharge on the spec you went with over his standard pricing?
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Doug does make great bikes, and I learned a few cool things when I visited his shop last summer and got to talk with him for a while. He only builds about 100 or so frames a year. He tries to keep it at that to keep from getting overwhelmed and have it consume all of his time. 6 months is about right, mine took closer to 9 but there was an issue that got it delayed. Anyway, he told me he builds batches of 8-12 or so at a time, and then takes a little time off between batches doing things with his family (camping, xc skiing, biking, etc). His family is pretty important to him, and by setting things up the way he has, it keeps it more of a 9-5 40 hour a week job. It may make things a bit slower, but in my opinion a happy builder is going to make happy bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Hey FM

    What kind of tubing is Curtlo building your frame out of? Is there an upcharge on the spec you went with over his standard pricing?
    Well, it hasn't been built yet so I can't say!

    Here's the deal though. I used to work for a small steel builder and so I had some very specific ideas about what I wanted... I emailed a few different builders to get bids.... Doug's reply was very enthusiastic, he seemed excited to build something burly and wasn't at all put off by my specific requests. He said his regular price of $825 would cover it, including oversize tubing and extra gussets. Done! I am opting to pay an extra $100 for the paragon slider drop-outs. These will give me adjustable chainstay length & tire clearance, replaceable der. hanger, and SS ability. I'm sure he will use high-quality tubing, beyond that I don't care if its reynolds, dedaci or true temper.

    I don't mind the wait, I've got no reason to believe it won't be worth it. I'll have a nice box of parts ready by the time the frame is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    Doug does make great bikes, and I learned a few cool things when I visited his shop last summer and got to talk with him for a while. He only builds about 100 or so frames a year. He tries to keep it at that to keep from getting overwhelmed and have it consume all of his time. 6 months is about right, mine took closer to 9 but there was an issue that got it delayed. Anyway, he told me he builds batches of 8-12 or so at a time, and then takes a little time off between batches doing things with his family (camping, xc skiing, biking, etc). His family is pretty important to him, and by setting things up the way he has, it keeps it more of a 9-5 40 hour a week job. It may make things a bit slower, but in my opinion a happy builder is going to make happy bikes.

    Cool story--thanks for the great insight! I appreciate doing business with a fellow that has his priorities straight...

    ...I suppose the other way he could increase production would be to hire help, but I respect a guy that would rather be a craftsman than a boss.

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    Went over yesterday.

    I spent 10 hours getting fitted for a Curtlo and it was worth every minute. It took me 4 hours to get there from seattle and 4 back over the NW Cascade HWY. I spent 2 hours hanging with Doug. He wasn't building anything at the moment but he was getting his next batch ready. He is one of the nicest guys around. I will try to go back to pick up my bike if I can. It will be great to have a bike that actually fits for the first time since I was 12.
    It was also nice to find a custom builder who's price includes custom geometry and anything needed to complete the custom bike. Allot of custom builders wanted to charge me extra for all customization I needed for my size.

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    BB shell

    Anyone know offhand what size BB shell Doug typically uses, 68 or 73mm? (this would be in an Epic Mountaineer Softtail) Just trying to get my parts lined up...

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    The waiting is killing me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abubaka
    The waiting is killing me.
    Whats everybody got on order and when did you make your down payments?

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    fully rigid single speed 29er. placed my order just after thanksgiving. doug is building the fork as well.

    haven't decided on sliders or EBB. i have a Ti 26" with sliders that broke not longer after it was built. although it's been fine since they were fixed but that experience is always in the back of my head. if i do sliders i'm looking towards paragon's flanged version, although they're pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanceh
    i have a Ti 26" with sliders that broke not longer after it was built. although it's been fine since they were fixed but that experience is always in the back of my head. if i do sliders i'm looking towards paragon's flanged version, although they're pricey.
    Not a Curtlo since it was Ti, I presume... but did it break at the sliders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Not a Curtlo since it was Ti, I presume... but did it break at the sliders?
    correct, doug doesn't do Ti, as far as i know.
    the chainstay/slider weld cracked on the drive side. it looked to me like the slider was mitered, slid into the chainstay and then welded rather than what most people seem to do which is miter the chainstay. the fix was to cut the stays, weld on paragon bullet ends and then weld the back of the bullets to the front of the sliders. not the prettiest thing but good under the circumstances and have held up fine for 2 years now.

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    7 weeks

    I am 7 weeks into my build and hangin .
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    Hey Curtlo Owners

    Just curious if any of you requested changes of revisions to the preliminary sketches Doug sent? And if so, how did that go and how long did it take to resolve?

    Thanks-

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Just curious if any of you requested changes of revisions to the preliminary sketches Doug sent? And if so, how did that go and how long did it take to resolve?

    Thanks-
    I did, and it took a couple of e-mail exchanges which were very promptly replied to.
    It took less than 24 hours. It seems like once it's your turn, it's YOUR turn.

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    Good to hear.
    I got a sketch from Doug last wednesday, haven't heard back since I replied asking for shorter top tube and head tube (like an inch shorter on both).

    Looking forward to the finished product!
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    here's my 01 solo mountaineer. it's got a great serial number for a ss too - 01101

    i also have a curtlo road. both are very comfortable bikes and fit perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moschika
    here's my 01 solo mountaineer. it's got a great serial number for a ss too - 01101

    i also have a curtlo road. both are very comfortable bikes and fit perfectly.

    Serial number? My Curtlo doesnt have one. Nice bike BTW. Can you post a pic of the road bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    I put some money down for a Curtlo today
    Bike is here and it's rad. I posted up more details here.


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    I've been trying to get in touch with Doug about a possible frame build for quite some time now and he hasnt responded to emails or voicemails.

    Why doesn't he want my business?

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    Just picked mine up!

    He probably does want your business but he is really slow at responding. I just picked up my bike from his shop in Winthrop this weekend and I will say the 10 month wait was worth it. Everyone that has seen the bike is blown away. Just realize going into it that you have to be really patient. It usually takes him a week or two for any kind of response. Good luck
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    I just ordered my third Curtlo, I have a 29er Advanced Mountaineer, an s3 Road and just ordered an Epic 29er. Doug takes awhile but absolutely delivers everything he says he will. It is well worth the wait every time!

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    Ryan mentioned you were building a Curtlo. Took a peek on your blog and all I can say is holy big bike! I'm 6-4 and my 29er still looks like a 29er, that almost looks like a 26" wheeled bike. It looks awesome and hope you enjoy it. Needless to say, not many off-the-shelf frames would even come close to working for you. Ryan should ditch the SuperFly and get something that fits him better as well, although, we don't see him on the trail much these days (marathon training and all).

    Quote Originally Posted by bigtymerider
    He probably does want your business but he is really slow at responding. I just picked up my bike from his shop in Winthrop this weekend and I will say the 10 month wait was worth it. Everyone that has seen the bike is blown away. Just realize going into it that you have to be really patient. It usually takes him a week or two for any kind of response. Good luck

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    Great Bike

    Yes, it is huge. I need to put it next to my wife's bike for a real perspective. I always get a kick out of looking at them on the yakima rack, my wife's looks like a kids bike. It is the first bike I have ever had to put a shorter stem on. Doug put a 130mm stem on it and the the top tube is already long. After riding the last few weeks I love the bike but it needs about a 100mm stem. I also have some creaks and tweaks to work out but in all its Awesome. He did a really good job since he had nothing to compare me on and it is diffenatly out of the norm for standard bike sizing. I am thinking about having him build me a road bike. If I order now I might have it by next summer.
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    Curtlo does 650b?

    Oh, yeah-Curtlo does 650b! My custom 650b softtail came today!



    Posted in the 650b forum too--I'll probably post updates there if anyone cares to follow along.

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    I put in an order with Doug for an Epic Mountaineer 29er..took almost a full year beginning to end, despite a "month or two" when I asked over the phone......my experience was that he was unreachable until it's your turn and then he's all ears and will chat about anything.No biggie, I kinda assumed it going into it. He's a really nice guy and open to ideas, no doubt.Once received, I built mine and honestly found it very very very flexy to the point of disappointment.For what it's worth, I've never owned a bike that I couldn't adapt too.Also I should add that it is a beautiful bike to behold.But, I've scrutinized all components and swapped things out/pumped things up/locked things out and in the end, the frame is laterally a handful.....I can look down and see it twist like a dishrag while riding.A number of emails with lagging and limited response has shown me that what I commissioned was his decision making and there really is no recourse if I don't like the ride quality...thought I did a pretty thorough job of describing my needs/weight(160lbs)/riding style/intended use and choice of components....a tough pill to swallow given the length of wait time and bread/energy put out. Different strokes for different folks but I'll likely chalk this one up to catch and release and take a hit in the pocket book...my advice..try and ride one first.

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    What's the current wait time for a Curtlo nowadays? 10 months?

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    second pic with its stablemate (a Waltworks). excuse the too long brake cable hose. hadn't cut/bled it for the pic.
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    took the curtlo to Big South Fork in TN. it was awesome. haven't ridden a mountain bike with gears or suspension in like 2-3 years.
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    1992 Curtlo Team Issue w/ Action Tec front end, set up as a single speed.

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    My softail Curtlo update

    I continued to ride my Curtlo softail rather than sell it and took it for a two week trans switzerland bikepacking tour. It cracked on the seatstay mid tour.....The great news is that Doug stands behind his work 100%. Once he had the frame back in his hands he decided to do a redesign for the rear triangle. Since I had been unhappy with the twisty front triangle he's offered to do a total do-over. I'm bailing on the softail design and he's come up with a laterally stiffer hardtail but vertically compliant design. Drawings are done and approved and I imagine maybe another month till delivery. Kudos to Doug for after the sale support. I'll post it ASAP.

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    swapped out front fork. that's the front brake not yet attached hanging from the bars.

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    After working some bugs out and spending some quality time with the new frame, I can go ahead and say I'm really really enjoying this one. I strongly recommend raising the diameter of the tubeset as I did. Having ridden both, the ride quality is still forgiving but way way stiffer laterally..... an ox plat geared 29er with paragon swinger dropouts. Doug stuck with it over the long haul and made sure I ended up with exactly the ride I originally commissioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenndandy View Post
    After working some bugs out and spending some quality time with the new frame, I can go ahead and say I'm really really enjoying this one. I strongly recommend raising the diameter of the tubeset as I did. Having ridden both, the ride quality is still forgiving but way way stiffer laterally..... an ox plat geared 29er with paragon swinger dropouts. Doug stuck with it over the long haul and made sure I ended up with exactly the ride I originally commissioned.
    Did you go with the Paragon Rocker dropouts? do you have any pics of the frame?
    I am thinking about having him build me a 650b frame with the rocker dropouts so I can run SS or 1x9.

    also what is the diameter of the tubeset you used? and were just the maintubes oversize, etc..

    thanks

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    WAS enjoying it alot, cracked it after a dozen rides at the chainstay dropout welding, where the stay meets the Rockers. Sent back to Doug in December and got it back 2 weeks ago all fixed and completely repainted. I built up a Ritchey P29 in the interim with all the parts so not sure which way this one's going to go.

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