Old 01-04-22, 08:27 AM
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Joe Starck built all the custom Rivendells (including mine) in the late 90’s / early 2000’s. There’s a great interview with him in Rivendell Reader #12.

Short bio from the interview: He worked at Trek in the late 70’s and early 80’s, where he was one of the head brazers. He figures he brazed about 7,000 frames during his time at Trek. Then he was hired by Dave Tesch to build Masis in SoCal, where he worked for 5 or 6 years, building close to 1,000 Gran Criteriums and Volumetricas. Later he worked for Dave Moulton.

When Rivendell was looking for a new builder, Richard Sachs and Joe Bell recommended they get a hold of Joe Starck, who was working for Bill Hollands at the time. Joe Bell, who as a custom painter gets to see everyone’s work “naked”, described him as “the best unknown framebuilder in the country.”

Hope this helps!

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