Thinking about a custom road bike in steel. Not looking at a Richard Sachs or an IF or a Serotta - a little too expensive. I've visited a zillion builders websites and I am left confused on which method to choose. Some of the negatives of each:
Lugged - Limited to certain tube sizes. Use brass in place of silver solder. If not properly soldered- weak, hollow areas. Heat can weaken.
Fillet- Brazed - Need to be concerned about properly mitered tubes; and, whether or not the joints have been Bondo'd and filed to hide poor brazing. Brass instead of siver solder. Heat can weaken.
Tig-Welded - Only good for aluminum (not sure about this).
Now is heat the enemy of lugged and fillet-brazed tube sets but actually strengthens tig-welded framesets?
What is the newest Reyonlds for tig-weding - 853 or a new 900-series?
The Italian tube sets seem to be the more expensive than Reynolds and Tange - true?
Do certain Reynolds require silver-brazing - Waterford, Paramount and Gunnar specialize in this?
Seems like Strongframes is one of the better tig welders at a certain price point. But is aluminum better suited to tig-welding. Lyonsport has good pricing for fillet and jugged, I think.
Who to avoid - over-hyped or poor workmanship/low quality.
Apologies for so many random questions. Any advice or recommended builders is appreciated. Thanks a lot.