Tall guy trying to choose a custom cyclocross frame builder
I'm currently looking to have a steel cyclocross bike built. I'm 6'7'' with a 37-38'' inseam, so custom bike is pretty much mandatory. In the poll are the list of manufacturers I have narrowed it down to. I have chosen them for a number of reasons: first, they all have experience building bikes for people my size (Rick Hunter is 6'6'' himself); second, all these frames would cost less than $2000 (I would love to have a Mike Zank or Ira frame but they're too costly); third, in my communications with each maker I have found each to be a quality person, someone with whom I am comfortable buying from.
So who would you go with? I know this is simply an internet poll and the responses I get here dont really mean a whole lot, but I'm interested in what others have to say. Oh, and if you have another suggestion I am glad to hear it.
Edit: Forgot to add. I am leaning towards a fillet brazed frame, though several of the frame builders above have the option of a lugged frame for the same price. I've read the pros and cons of each many a time....am I correct that it comes down to a matter of personal preference, rather than any distinct difference in quality?
Get Koichi Yamaguchi to build you a CX frame. He is one of the world's best builders, endless credits to his name, and reasonable. I went to his frame building school and he is truly a master. There are many good frame builders out there who can build you a sweet frame but I doubt many are as broad as Yamaguchi.
If you're looking for someone who really knows how to build a big bike, check out Lennard Zinn (zinncycles dot com). One of his specialties is "big and tall" frames - not surprising, considering he's 6'5", and a former National Team road rider. Oh, and he's been building frames for a couple of DECADES now.