Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cumberland Maine
Bikes: DORNBOX Handcrafted Performance Steel
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Absolutely. As a builder it doesn't matter to me where you get fit or who does it as long as you feel good about it but I also always double check it. A bike shop may fit you but they do not design the bike. They locate your foot, saddle, and bar positions. It's up to the builder to work with you and your desired handeling characteristics to design the frame. Example: a standard frame may fit you with a 90mm stem and a 25mm setback seat post. When designing the frame, a builder looks at toe overlap, desired stem length, saddle setback, desired seat post, bar drop, handeling characteristics, etc. and bases the geometry on your needs and wants. If you're new to riding, ride stock stuff if you can until you can develop a preference and achieve a certain level of fitness before going custom. Fit's 50% preference and if you don't have a preference, you're only going to get 1/2 a fit.
I personally design frames based on math, your current bike (s), and a discussion about regarding any pains, desires, likes, dislikes, goals, etc. that you may have. I've also had clients send me designs, I've had clients have me copy a stock bikes geos, and I've had clients send me the dims off their current bike wanting me to keep the exact fit but change the handeling of the bike completely.
Have fun if you're going custom and choose a builder who gives you a warm fuzzy. It should be a fun process. -Chris