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    Jones - Desalvo - Steve Potts. Which one?

    Which one should I get? Anyone know what is the wait time on Jones now?
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    I don't think you can even get on jones wait list
    although you can get a merlin made jones now I think

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    matt chester
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    Potts is a legend.
    The Desalvos I've seen though had some of the sweetest paint/powdercoat jobs i've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbthomps View Post
    I don't think you can even get on jones wait list
    That was the last I heard too...I'm pretty sure Matt Chester isn't making frames anymore either.
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    Matt is back! He's been filling backorders for the last two months- supposed to be full time again in Feb after he moves his shop to Canada.

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    Just talked to Desalvo, $2000 for a 29er ss and can have it by summer.

    how much does Potts frame cost? and Jones? and Matt Chester?
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    yeah the story i heard was that matt quit for awhile due to some health problems that were associated with his welding (respiratory maybe?). not sure how much of that is true. this:

    http://mattchester.blogspot.com/

    says he'll be accepting orders in march. oh to have money.

    also check out bilenky:
    http://www.bilenky.com/frames.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
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    jones are like 8 gajillion dollars even for the merlin made ones

    ok well actually they start at 4300 and you can have it in 12 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyphotons View Post
    also check out bilenky:
    http://www.bilenky.com/frames.htm
    Does Bilenky to Ti?

    Does Chester do disk brakes?

    Chester is smart, staying ahead of the exchange rate...
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    nah, bilenky's just steel afaik. i meant the op should check him out, cause his stuff is nice.

    i gotta figure matt could weld some disc mounts on there, or maybe some paragon sliders. might be more though.
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    yeah, I should mention that I am looking for a ti frame with disc brake.
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    Since you are in Annandale, you could probably check out a DeSalvo and Potts in person. Joe P, who rides Wakefield all of the time has a DeSalvo. Dan H. who is in Silver Spring has a Ti Potts. You should be able to touch base with either of them on the MORE forums.

    Jones, you'll have to get a Merlin made one or buy used if you want one before you are dead He has a wait just to get on his waiting list (not kidding, spoke with him at SSWC). Once on the waiting list you aren't even in the build queue. That's why he is having Merlin build frames, he can't keep up with demand on his own.

    Chester, he said he would never do disc brakes and I don't think he has changed that stance. Although now that he is building again maybe he has reversed that. Given his backlog from earlier orders, I sure wouldn't count on being able to get one of those quickly either.
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    Other Ti builders you might look at are Black Sheep and Dean. But you probably already knew that.
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    My vote's for Steve Potts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx View Post
    Since you are in Annandale, you could probably check out a DeSalvo and Potts in person. Joe P, who rides Wakefield all of the time has a DeSalvo. Dan H. who is in Silver Spring has a Ti Potts. You should be able to touch base with either of them on the MORE forums.

    Chester, he said he would never do disc brakes and I don't think he has changed that stance. Although now that he is building again maybe he has reversed that. Given his backlog from earlier orders, I sure wouldn't count on being able to get one of those quickly either.
    Thanks, already talked to Joe P, but couldn't get in touch with Dan H. Ricky D will help me to locate him soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapidcarbon View Post
    Thanks, already talked to Joe P, but couldn't get in touch with Dan H. Ricky D will help me to locate him soon.
    Dan works for IMBA now so he's been traveling a bit, but send him a message via the MORE board and I'm sure he'll eventually get back to you.
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    While all these builders are great, I suggest checking in with Scott Quiring. http://quiringcycles.net/index.html His price and wait will be shorter than any of the ones mentioned. If I had enough dough I would be riding a custom steel or Ti Quiring 29er.

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    Good call. Jason S. (who also rides at Wakefield pretty frequently) has one you can check out. Nice work, good price.

    Quote Originally Posted by redxj View Post
    While all these builders are great, I suggest checking in with Scott Quiring. http://quiringcycles.net/index.html His price and wait will be shorter than any of the ones mentioned. If I had enough dough I would be riding a custom steel or Ti Quiring 29er.
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    man, now I am in between Desalvo and Quiring. His is nice



    Do you know if Quiring does any Ti fork? Desalvo doesn't really want to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapidcarbon View Post
    man, now I am in between Desalvo and Quiring. His is nice



    Do you know if Quiring does any Ti fork? Desalvo doesn't really want to do it.
    I don't know if Scott does Ti forks. Email or call and ask. The rigid Quirings I have seen have usually have a rigid steel fork. I know James at Black Sheep does rigid Ti fork. Search the 29er board on MTBR.com for a lot of Quiring bikes.

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    I've wanted a potts for just about 20 years now.

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    Personally I wouldn't run a Ti fork. The fork above is steel and painted faux Ti
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx View Post
    Personally I wouldn't run a Ti fork. The fork above is steel and painted faux Ti
    whats the reason behind not running a Ti fork? too flexy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbthomps View Post
    whats the reason behind not running a Ti fork? too flexy?
    Yes. For my riding style I'd need to beef up the fork enough that I think the benefits of Ti would be lost and I'd be left with a hole in my wallet with nothing to show for it.
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