So far I've looked at:
1. Parlee - Z-Zero looks amazing, but probably too expensive in the UK. Their stock geometries are too tall in the head tube for me. Everything I've heard about their customer service has been very very good.
2. Legend - HT 9.5 seems to tick all my boxes, but I'm a little nervous of Italians and their reputation with warranty claims
3. Wyndymilla - Custom geometry, but I don't think they can do custom layup. They will do extra layers around the head tube and BB to stiffen things up though. I have been in touch with them and their communication has been first class.
4. Argonaut - Absolutely gorgeous, but very expensive again.
5. Sarto - Huge range of options, not sure if they can do custom layup. Again with the Italians and warranty worries though.
6. Craddock - Made in the UK really appeals, lovely clean work. Not sure about custom layup, need to check.
If you could give your favourite, or point me to those that I've missed, along with your reasons why that would be awesome. Particularly if you can compare a custom frame to something top of the range, off the shelf like a Colnago C60, Pinarello F8 etc.
First they offer custom geometry options (tube to tube construction) and have in the recent past also offered a lightweight, std, and stiff option.........so some tuning of some sort is taking place.
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Tommasini are good on price!
Sarto, we have more options and templates from where to start - road, aero-road, climbing, cx/gravel, tt
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ghisallo2003 wrote:My pennies worth: the best of the custom carbon guys have a 'magic' touch. The feeling of my Parlee is really exceptional and instantly feelable. I don't believe it actually makes you go faster, but it has an engaged quality.
That's the way I feel about my Colnago C59. I didn't feel that way about my Parlee Z4 (albeit not their top of the line custom).
Unless I could ride a baseline example of a $6000 custom frame I was considering I'd be scared that after going through all the effort and paying all that money I'd end up with something that was just ok. I've had a $5,000 frameset that was just ok and had some negative aspects to it and I've had a $3,200 frameset that was very nice but it didn't feel exceptional. I just expected more magic at those price points.
Thinking about the C59, I wonder whether the magic lies in the lugged / wrapped approach which lets the frame tubing do its work without begin overbuilt.
If i was bike-less I don't think I would look too much further than a C59/C60.
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