Custom steel frame builders

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martinfrias
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by martinfrias

Thinking in building a custom disc frame in stainless, any info on builders?


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853guy
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by 853guy

martinfrias wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:05 pm
Thinking in building a custom disc frame in stainless, any info on builders?
Hi martinfrias,

I've been pondering the same question for a frame in XCr (sans discs).

I've shortlisted the following:

Independent Fabrications (USA)

Field (UK)

Hartley (UK)

Obviously, there are plenty more to choose from (Victoire, Passoni, Tommasini), but in terms of aesthetics, fit, build quality and ease of communication for me personally, I have no doubt those three above could build me a bike to last a lifetime, turnaround notwithstanding (between three and eighteen months).

Let us know how you get on.

Best,

853guy

Broady
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by Broady

Feather, build quality second to none, does amazing stainless work too - https://www.instagram.com/feathercycles/

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morganb
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by morganb

Cherubim makes beautiful stainless bikes as does English, especially if you want something unique looking.

Valbrona
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by Valbrona

Broady wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:43 pm
Feather, build quality second to none, does amazing stainless work too - https://www.instagram.com/feathercycles/
But seemingly not clever enough to TIG weld.

Zakalwe
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by Zakalwe

Can you sand TIG welds down smooth like you can on brazed joins as per the Feather?

shimmeD
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by shimmeD

Filing back welds just doesn't seem to be done much (too hard or weaken joints? I don't know).
You could braze/fill in and over the welds with brass.
Less is more.

Zakalwe
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by Zakalwe

I’d take a smoothly sanded braze over nasty looking welds any day, not sure about the unpainted look though.

yinya
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by yinya

Hampsten, Zanconato, Gaulzetti (alu as well), Amaro were my shortlist couple of years back. Was also looking at Jaegher and Speedvagen


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shimmeD
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by shimmeD

Depends on what you perceive as ugly; small consistent TIG beads exude skill and a certain beauty to me. Check out Mosaic.
Less is more.

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853guy
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by 853guy

yinya wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:37 pm
Hampsten, Zanconato, Gaulzetti (alu as well), Amaro were my shortlist couple of years back. Was also looking at Jaegher and Speedvagen


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Do you mind saying what you went with?

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853guy

yinya
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by yinya

Amaro and love it.


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guyc
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I went with Rusby Cycles for my XCr custom

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Broady
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Valbrona wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:12 pm
Broady wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:43 pm
Feather, build quality second to none, does amazing stainless work too - https://www.instagram.com/feathercycles/
But seemingly not clever enough to TIG weld.
Hmm well I have a Tigged Feather in my living room, how could that have happened? :noidea:

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