Has anyone tried a large frame(61cm) touring frame from Haberno? I was wondering how the material would be for a touring bike. The price is very reasonable in comparison to some of the other touring bike builders(even for custom size).
Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Gunnar Crosshairs, De Bernardi SL
The frame looks very promising if the geometry suits you. If not, the price for custom geometry is also reasonable. A few things aren't clear to me from the photos, however. I can't tell if the front fork has fender mounts. The description also isn't clear about whether the price includes the front fork. The head tube is very short for a touring frame in the standard geometry. Chain stays are also on the short side. If I got one, I would definitely spring the extra cash for custom geometry to make it more tour-worthy.
I've got another titanium bike, an Eddy Merckx AX made by Litespeed. I love the bike, and have often thought that titanium would make the perfect touring frame if properly designed. Add S&S couplers and it would be ideal.
A co-worker of mine has a custom geo Ti Habanero that he had built for bad weather commuting. His has disc and canti mounts, all the eyelets one could ever want, three bottle cage mounts, etc. He has had no complaints about the frame. I would bet that Habanero could build you a very nice touring frame.
There seems to be a package deal for a fork, which is mentioned elsewhere.
There are also build options with full kit.
I am going to look into it more. One of the local club members said to stay away from Chinese titantium. Has anyone heard stuff about some other chinese vendor? Were there problems with another outfit?