Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Bikes: 2014 Pivot Mach 5.7 MTB, 2009 Chris Boedeker custom, 1988 Tommasini Prestige, 2007 Bill Davidson custom; 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper
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I have looked at Rodriguez bikes a number of times, met many Rodriguez owners, and toured their frame shop twice. I was out for a ride last week and ran into a Rodriguez owner on a UTB who did an extended tour in Europe last year--he spent 20 minutes telling me how much he liked the bike. I would have no hesitation buying a Rodriguez. They seem like great people to work with.
- While Rodriguez now offers a Rohloff option, my impression is that Thorn is more of a Rohloff specialist. My impression is that Thorn has probably equipped as many bikes with Rohloff hubs as anyone.
- Rodriguez has more stock sizes (15) and their upcharge for custom sizing is more reasonable. I've seen them in the shop helping customers dial in a fit and my impression is that they are really meticulous about helping customers get fitted to their bikes
- Rodriguez will build a bike with any component set but they really favor Campy components.
- Right now (if you are a US buyer using dollars) Thorn bikes are much more reasonable than they were 18 months ago.
If you are buying a bike long distance, I have always thought that Rodriguez's "long-distance test ride guarantee" was a reasonable policy. It reads (in part): "We can discuss what you did not like about it and see if an easy solution can be found (stem change, minor adjustment at your local shop etc...). If the problem is one that can't be completely solved easily, you may box up the bike & ship the bike back to us, and only be out the shipping and handling to and from your location."
You asked for other recommendations. Another 26-inch wheel touring bike to consider is the Co-Motion Pangea.
Last edited by BengeBoy; 05-14-09 at 12:02 AM.