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    walt vs curtelo

    ok . . . i'm looking at these two fine bike builders, and don't know why one might be better than the other.

    help!

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    Both are great and you will be happy with either. One thing that might sway your direction is that Walt is almost exclusively building 29ers, and Curtlo 26" bikes (but he does 29" also). For me I would go with Walt for a 29er and Curtlo for a 26".
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    if I may add another builder into the mix.

    Thanks for your reply. Now what about Kishi (spelling), Curtlo, and Walt Works . . . those are the three i've narrowed it down to.

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    I don't know enough about Kish to comment on them.
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    i have a curtlo...

    never had a walt bike. i do know that value for money, curtlo is damn near impossible to beat. shop around, compare, and see what i mean. plus the curtlo is a sweet ride imho. im 250 lbs and doug nailed exactly what i asked him for, a nimble woods bike with a stiff front and laterally stiff but vertically compliant rear. ive never had traction climbing like i do with the banana seat stays, technical climbs are definately easier. the bike is very composed at race speeds, and has excellent handling. the word smooth comes to mind.
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    Kish Fab

    Kish does excellent work. His name is Jim Kish... he made my cross bike and my SS. Both are excellent bikes... one steel and one ti. I can honestly say he makes the best riding bikes I have ridden, and i've ridden lots. Maybe it's just the perfect fit of a custom bike. I would definately give him a call if your considering a new bike. He's a nice guy, and he'll talk you through the process. He teaches frame building classes at UBI in OR. so he knows his stuff. I also had pretty quick turn around, about 6 weeks per frame.

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    I just ordered a Walt

    Quote Originally Posted by Krafcik
    ok . . . i'm looking at these two fine bike builders, and don't know why one might be better than the other.
    help!
    I don't own either bikes but just got on the waiting list for a Walt SS yesterday. I did some extensive research and decided I was going to love my bike with either builder. In the end, I just liked Walt.

    I would recommend calling each builder and talking to them for a while about what you want in a bike and then go with the builder you feel catches your vision the most. Maybe that sounds cheesy but you're buying a custom bike because you have an idea of what the perfect bike would be for you and the trails you ride. You want the builder that is going to take what's in your head and weld it together.

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    Walt

    I have both, a WALT 29er SS, and a fairly new Curtlo 29er Soft tail. I don't have much time on the Curtlo yet, but I have a full season on the WALT. It may not be fair to judge just yet, but the WALT is a far superior quality feeling ride. The Curtlo is a fantastic fit though, because Doug is fanatical about fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiganClydesdale
    I have both, a WALT 29er SS, and a fairly new Curtlo 29er Soft tail. I don't have much time on the Curtlo yet, but I have a full season on the WALT. It may not be fair to judge just yet, but the WALT is a far superior quality feeling ride. The Curtlo is a fantastic fit though, because Doug is fanatical about fit.
    What is it about the ride of the Walt vs. Curt? What kind of tubing did Walt use on your bike? I'm in the market, and your comment has me very curious.
    -Sean

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    like them both

    Again, I shouldn't even make the comparison yet until I have more time on that Curtlo softtail. Walt used his typical tru-temper tubing for the frame, a bit beefier in diameter because I'm 225lbs. The ride is just very compliant, but never flexy. The rigid Walt fork has never left me wanting suspension up front - it's sweet. The Curtlo is going to be a great bike once I get the front and rear shock pressure dialed in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDMC
    Both are great and you will be happy with either. One thing that might sway your direction is that Walt is almost exclusively building 29ers, and Curtlo 26" bikes (but he does 29" also). For me I would go with Walt for a 29er and Curtlo for a 26".
    I disagree.

    Doug (Curtlo) does lots of 29ers. Just give both of them a call. Go with the one that sells you. I have had 3 frames built by Doug (29er hardtail, softtail, road) and would go back again. Nothing against Walt who is a stand up guy. Seriously, give them both a call. I would have given Walt a call had I know about him back when I ordered my first curtlo. But now Doug gives me a frequent buyer discount (seriously) and I will probably have him build me a cross frame soon.

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