A question to all you pro (and semi-pro) framebuilders out there. I've decided I'm finally going to replace my old Trek (circa 1980)with a custom frame that actually fits me. I'm pretty sure I'm a good candidate for a custom frame (being at the left end of the height bell curve, i.e., "compact geometry").
There is a well-regarded custom frame builder here in town, and I'm kind of leaning towards going to him. He also does bike fittings, separately from the frame-building operation (though he does apply the cost of the fitting to the frame if you decide to go that route).
My question is whether it makes any sense to go to anyone else for a bike fitting (I've heard of some good- to excellent- bike fitters within driving distance) prior to seeing him. It's not that I don't trust the frame builder, I'm just curious about what I could glean from having a bike fitting done before seeing the frame builder, and discussing any observations/conclusions made by the fitter with the builder. Or would it be better to just put myself in the hands of the builder and trust he will be able to design/build the frame and combine it with parts that will get me the fit I want/need. I realize (I think) that a lot of it will depend on the information I provide to each person - I can't tell the fitter I'm planning on racing crits while I have the builder fit me for a long-distance touring bike.
So what would you frame-builders do if a customer came in with notes/specs (having never had a professional bike fitting before, I don't even know what the end-product would be) from someone else. Would it serve as a good starting point? Would you ignore it and start from scratch? Would you compare your conclusions with the other fitter's?
Thanks for the feedback,