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Old 08-19-07, 09:50 PM   #1
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anybody priced custom track frames?

What are most builders prices for a basic track frame?
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Old 08-19-07, 10:05 PM   #2
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It varies pretty wildly, from $850 for a Jacob to $2000+ for a Moyer. It all depends on what you're looking for.
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Old 08-19-07, 10:15 PM   #3
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Our track is opening next april, I just want a nice riding track frame.. Something I can sit and drool over when I'm not riding it, priced near $1500 or so I guess.
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i hear some Japanese frames actually come pretty cheap when custom but none of the big namers tho
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I don't know, you can get a custom Panasonic for $1295 from yellowjersey.com.

They look pretty hot to me:

http://www.yellowjersey.org/panak.html
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kalavinka is another solid choice
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there's a lot of US builders that are really great, but i don't know prices or wait times off the top of my head. johnny coast, circle A, moyer, ground up, don walker...

a good place to find people that do custom work is the North American Handbuilt Bike Show. there's some really gorgeous bikes there, but its also a step in the right direction to finding a framebuilder that can create what you need. its worth checking out.
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I don't know, you can get a custom Panasonic for $1295 from yellowjersey.com.

They look pretty hot to me:

http://www.yellowjersey.org/panak.html


....custom Panasonics are a good deal cheaper in Japan--$788. $500 is a pretty serious markup.
Bridgestone has semi-custom rigs for a bit cheaper with rad paint options.

Most of the old-dude-in-a-little-workshop frames are $950 and up...
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I don't know, you can get a custom Panasonic for $1295 from yellowjersey.com.

They look pretty hot to me:

http://www.yellowjersey.org/panak.html
Damn Yellow Jersey sure is taking a chunk for themselves eh? Cant blame em though.
Getting a Panasonic thru a shop like that in Japan is just $643usd.

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Old 08-20-07, 06:18 AM   #10
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all the options on the Panasonic frames are awesome. here are the lugs:

http://www.panabyc.co.jp/products/po..._crmo_lug.html
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Cool stuff.
Ive been thinking of getting one for awhile.
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dang, Are there any other importers other than yellowjersey?
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Old 08-20-07, 08:32 AM   #13
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this looks rad:


the fork options are cool too:


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Damn Yellow Jersey sure is taking a chunk for themselves eh? Cant blame em though.
Getting a Panasonic thru a shop like that in Japan is just $643usd.
Yeah, but how hard is it really for a non-speaker to order one of these bikes either through their website or other means? Factor in $100+ for shipping (I would guess), and other incidental costs along the way, along with the hassle of the ordering process, and that's not really too huge of a mark-up for Yellow Jersey. Not much more than is standard on a high-end bike, at least.
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True.
And i dont blame em for wanting to make some money. Thats what having a shop is all about.
More power to em' IMO.
It wouldnt be hard for someone in Japan to get frames from Panasonic and beat YellowJersey's price by a lot though.
If they were so inclined to do so.
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the order form is just a big check list. once it is translated once it would be easy for non Japanese speakers to do it. I am not dissing Yellow ∆ersey for facilitating the flow of rad frames to the States, but their help will cost you
http://www.panabyc.co.jp/products/po...7fpos_crmo.pdf

looks like they do titanium track frames from $1400 too.
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Old 08-20-07, 09:18 AM   #17
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can babelfish translate that ?
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Old 08-20-07, 09:21 AM   #18
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its a PDF, so you'd probably have to copy and paste piece by piece. there are lots and lots and lots of options.
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Ira Ryan, Circle A, Ahearne, Bill Rider all come to mind as frame builders who will do a track frame (some with fork, some without) for < $1500. They're all lugged, custom steel frames, and at least the first three I know would be ready before April. There are at least a handful of others too.
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Old 08-20-07, 09:55 AM   #20
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Just go to a sushi shop a few times, be friends with the chef, and then ask them to help u order a keirin bike!!!!!
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Just go to a sushi shop a few times, be friends with the chef, and then ask them to help u order a keirin bike!!!!!
Day, night, afternoon, who gives a damn? Get the sake!!
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This is my custom 'level'. It recently took about 8 weeks from order to finished frame. It came with
hatta headset and bottom bracket included and cost about us$1200.
more details are on http://velospace.org/node/3494
As a custom, I couldn't be happier
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thats very nice looking.
I dont know, for some reason I thought all of these prestegious bike builders were no longer building bikes.. let alone for attainable prices.
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You can't get the panasonic shipped to the US, they will only do orders inside of Japan. Also, the YJ mark up is b/c the base price is higher since they are the only ones distributing in the US.

I have been down this path a year or so ago.
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Do you want custom sizing? There a dozen companies in Portland that can do that. The most baller of which is Vanilla, >$2000.

Here are some Portland based builders. I see lots of Vanilla bikes around here, surprising given their price. The word on the street is that they kick ass.

http://www.ahearnecycles.com/

http://www.vanillabicycles.com/

http://www.strawberrybicycle.com/

http://www.pereiracycles.com/

http://sweetpeabicycles.com/


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