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    Custom Aluminum

    I haven't yet had time to build it up, but this will be my new ride this season (the bicycle, the moto is just a fantasy). I was looking around the web, and stumbled across Joe Wells/Tsunami bikes in Phoenix who built this cross beauty for a very attractive price, my wait time was 2 months. (Hint.. so there's still time to catch part of THIS cross season on a new custom bike) He can do any design you want, but I took his basic geometry dimensions and requested some tweaks for fit and handling preferences- this should be a very sweet racer- I swear I heard it growl a little bit when I opened the box. His paint job is beautiful, I sent him a photo of a motorcycle I found on flickr, and said I liked the color, and the result was like whoa! Check the match yourself! I'll post a build and ride follow up later. But if you're looking for a new frame, go check out Joe's work- custom work for a similar or lesser price of most name brand aluminum factory clone bikes. http://www.tsunamibikes.com/. Looks like he added my frame to his front page. I wasn't originally thinking about custom aluminum as all my other bikes are steel or Ti, but I realized that for the rough and tumble of cross racing, I wanted a no-nonsense lightweight stiff workhorse for racing at a price that an overworked underpaid dude facing the New Economy can afford, so aluminum it is. So it was either an imported factory model, or a Joe Wells custom, and I got exactly what I want in return for a short wait.
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    Very nice, what tubeset did he use? Weight?

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    7005 Easton tubes, didn't ask specifics, just let him make those decisions, not scandium, but I asked for durable for cross. I don't know the exact weight, but I'd guess around 1350-1400g as his 56cm road frames come in at around 1250g, and he put some more beef into it, it's pretty light.

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    If you don't mind, how much did that run you?
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    Tsunami is a small family business working in a tough economy, and while known (mostly in SoCal where they used to be before the move to AZ) they're still under the radar as far as builders go, and I suspect the prices partly reflect that. I think it's only fair to allow them to quote their own prices and adjust as they need to, a basic starting price is quoted on their website, mine is not much more than that given a few extras I asked for such as painting my carbon fork to match the frame. Joe Wells was very quick to respond to my questions, very laid back and friendly, no hard sell- send him an Email with your questions. It's very tough to make framebuilding a profitable activity, especially at Tsunami's pricepoint- you get a one-off, fully custom build for around what you'd expect to pay for a mass produced aluminum frame. There's lots of very nice imported aluminum cross frames to choose from these days. But if you're willing to wait a little, why not get exactly what you want, especially if the price is comparable?
    Last edited by ZenNMotion; 08-26-09 at 12:42 PM.

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    Any updates on this frame now that you've had it a while? I'm starting to get the urge for a made in the USA frame...

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