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    American frame builders

    I'm looking at getting a custom frame in the Mercian/Bob Jackson price range...$650-$800 and was wondering what options I had out there if I want to buy from an American builder?

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    Bob Jackson and Mercian frames are priced in pounds. They're not $650-$800.

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    650-800 pounds is currently $1,155 - $1,420

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    You might have a few options if you check out people who haven't been building for very long and don't have the clout or wait lists of more established builders. Maybe ask around at your LBS to see if there is anyone getting into framebuilding in your area?

    Marinoni is in your price range, but not American.

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    the Mercian is like $800USD(365 pounds plus 75 punds shipping)...but I fear you are correct about Bob Jackson...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkercycles
    double it and loads of options.

    dw(who now has a 103 fever and is laid out in bed)
    I bet if you ask Don while he's hallucinating with fever he'd do it for $20.

    Heh, heh.

    (hope you feel better, Don.)

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    curtlo is bordering on your price range.
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    rocklobster starts at $850 for frame and fork. so, close...
    http://www.rocklobstercycles.com/

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    Bob Jackson is a pretty well known frame builder. There is no way his frames sell for less than a grand.

    I assumed you were looking at the 853 Super Vigorelli. Not the 631.

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    Recently featured by Don Walker - Rich Adams frames start at $800 (no fork).

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    The Bob Jackson "off the peg" is a somewhat custom frame (you can specify size, paint colour, decal colour and optional pinstriping) for $640 USD shipped.

    Bob Jackson's aren't a one man show either - they have a factory, albeit small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sashae
    I bet if you ask Don while he's hallucinating with fever he'd do it for $20.

    Heh, heh.

    (hope you feel better, Don.)
    hey. trying to trick don into building free frames is my territory! find your own wacky, feverish, drunken framebuilder!
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    I just emailed johnny coast and he gave me a price of 950 for frame and fork. I'm going with him since he's local and does great work.
    "Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastard. Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off."

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    Johnny Coast's frame's are gorgeous. Super simple, no frills, totally classic. Vivophobic who used to post here rocks a red one. It's stunning.
    Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
    Johnny Coast's frame's are gorgeous. Super simple, no frills, totally classic. Vivophobic who used to post here rocks a red one. It's stunning.
    Yup, after seeing pictures of JoseR's frame and the one in trackstar I've commited myself to getting one. Gotta see if I have enough after Christmas time for a down payment. His prices are very reasonable and I'm trying to get one before his rep blows up and the wait gets ridiculous.

    Johnny cycles's only a bit more but after a couple of options it can easily pass the OP's range.

    OP, why not a mercian? or bob jackson? aren't they custom?
    "Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastard. Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
    Johnny Coast's frame's are gorgeous. Super simple, no frills, totally classic.
    Agreed!

    Did you discuss tubing options with him?

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    I think he uses mixed columbus tubing. JoseR knows more, he has a sweet coast frame built up. beautiful paintjob too.
    "Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastard. Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off."

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    I haven't had any experience with him, but Jeff Lyon sells custom frames for under $800.

    (actually, that price might be for off the peg frames, I'm not sure)

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    And one frame builder to rule them all. YAMAGUCHI

    Dont forget to go see King Kong on wed.

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    Whitney Moyer. Great frames with really cool detail work, im sure yall could work out a deal. He's on the forum as biff.

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    The only reason I wouldn't choose Mercian or Off-the-peg Bob Jackson is that I'd rather buy American. I'm sure Mercian and Bob Jackson are awesome and I think if it comes down to it I'll probably get one of those...just a personal decision.

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    Circle A Cycles is from right here in Rhode Island, but way over that price range. They do make some beautiful bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimblysweep
    rocklobster starts at $850 for frame and fork. so, close...
    http://www.rocklobstercycles.com/
    i'm intrigued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeskatethrash
    Whitney Moyer. Great frames with really cool detail work, im sure yall could work out a deal. He's on the forum as biff.


    This ****s way better than a Kashimax and not that much more. Whitney ain't bad.

    http://www.moyercycles.com

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    Like a stuck record me, but I think that both Bernie Mikkelsen and Rich Adams do great work.

    http://www.mikkelsenframes.com/ (Bernie)

    http://bicycleframes.com/ (Rich Adams)

    One of the main reasons I like these guys is they both build great bikes that people use on the street. Both build wonderful bikes and really know their stuff. But their frames made to be ridden and I see people ride 'em hard.

    One good option if you can wait (and are in California) would be to go to the North American Hand made bike show, that Don Walker organised. You'll definitely see a lot of wonderful bikes.

    I would personally try and find someone you can easily visit. That way you can get exactly what you want, they can show you progress and ask questions, get the paint just right etc. And your money circulates locally.

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