Framebuilders in France/Belgium/Germany

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atlaz
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by atlaz

I was wondering if anyone knew of any framebuilders (other than Noble) in the area around Luxembourg in either France, Belgium or Germany (basically a 2 hour drive from Luxembourg really). I'm after a custom frame for my 40th next year and want someone who can do me something classic looking with a BB30 crankset (for existing parts) and discs but classic looking. UK framebuilders I like have a huge waiting list sadly so I don't think I can wait for them.

Antoine
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by Antoine

a good framebuilder is probably going to have a long waiting list ...

in France Jean-Pierre Levacon http://www.levacon.com/ is located in Marcilly-sur-Seine , 300 kilometers from Luxembourg.
He works with his wife and they made all sort of frames ( mostly Ti and steel) with great craftmanship.
That's an old school guy in his 60's working very well, but you will have to wait 1 year at least and I don't think he speaks english.

I can't think of any other builder in north or east France near Luxembourg.

François Kerautret http://www.fkc-concept.com/ would be well worth considering , he's probably the only one in the world making frames with his own solutions ( rear stays deported on the right to have a symetrical rear wheel, no rake fork, ... ). He comes from the motorbike world with another point a view.
Seems like everyone who has tried or own one FKC says it's the best bike they know.
but he's in the south of France.

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gravity
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by gravity

Check out Jaegher, I believe they are in Belgium. Not sure the driving distance from your place tho..

http://jaegher.com/

mattr
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by mattr

Antoine wrote:he's probably the only one in the world making frames with his own solutions ( rear stays deported on the right to have a symetrical rear wheel
Pace did that ~20 years ago. There have been two or three since.

Franklin
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by Franklin

gravity wrote:Check out Jaegher, I believe they are in Belgium. Not sure the driving distance from your place tho..

http://jaegher.com/


I hesistantly have to add that not all reports are good on Jaegher.

Burgunder
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by Burgunder

You will find a selection of european builders here http://stahlrahmen-bikes.de/

ultyguy
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by ultyguy

I've seen some beautiful TI Levacon's, they really are gorgeous and well made without stupid price tags for what it is.

Cyfac is also outstanding and can do many different materials.

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boots2000
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by boots2000

I like Jaeger- all the ones that I have seen look really nice.
There is also Savine in Germany- but he has a regular job working for the Merida MTB team.
Classic but disc and BB30?
What are you thinking? If you want a classic bike you should sitck to threaded bb and standard caliper brakes.
A metal BB30/PF30 will creak- do yourself a favor and stick with a threaded bb- either native to the group or a Chris King- you will thank me later.
Discs will destroy the looks of a lugged frame with nice steel fork.
If you are going to do disc you might as well get a Tig'd frame or Ti and get a carbon fork for the disc application.


gravity wrote:Check out Jaegher, I believe they are in Belgium. Not sure the driving distance from your place tho..

http://jaegher.com/

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