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Old 05-01-13, 11:07 PM
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Co-motion owners?

Who here is? I'm itching for a Nor'wster frameset. Possibly a Ristretto.

Curious to know about peoples experiences with this Eugene, OR company
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Old 05-02-13, 07:00 AM
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My experience with CoMotion is from behind the counter. I worked, for 7 years, at a LBS that sold tandems and we dealt with CoMotion. Very nice company to work with. Well made product, assembles nicely, packed well, rides well. We sold a few singles including some that were pure custom geometry. The design portion of these dealings went well too.

I have also owned a CoMotion tandem that was custom sized for 15 years and love the way it rides. I could do without the unique cable routing but that is different these days. When it comes time for a repaint I'll change that detail. Andy.
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I can claim to have owned two of them. One was a Ristretto team bike w/ a WoundUp fork that I got a deal on and raced for a few seasons. I'm not so in love with aluminum, but I really liked that bike. Sold it to a friend of a friend when quit racing to perfect my job of being a father (still working on that...) I heard nothing but good things from the guy who managed the team about dealing with Dwan at CoMo, and the bike was great.

The other (which I still have) is a custom tandem that I bought from a friend who is quite a bit larger than me. Luckily w/ S&S he was maxed out on frame size that would fit a case, so while it might be a bit large, it's not bad. I like it a lot and the quality is also very high. I called them once upon a time before dabbling in frame building to ask about adding a disk brake to the rear, and was offered options assuming I really wanted to pay for something they felt wasn't all that much of an upgrade for me. I went away happy.

My wife and I have toured down the Pacific coast on it, and it's been on an Alaska tour by the prior owner. I suspect I'll have it for a good long time. A couple of years ago when I was working from home I added a home-made kid stoker setup and got lots of attention while getting to school:


I'd say they are a top-notch outfit.
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Awesome I think I'm going to get the Norwester and build it up! I don't like the complete (The Shimano ultrega looks really ugly IMO).
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Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
Awesome I think I'm going to get the Norwester and build it up! I don't like the complete (The Shimano ultrega looks really ugly IMO).
Ugly as in looks, or ugly as in there are far better group sets? What did you go with, as I am in the middle of a build with Ultegra.......
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Overpriced! There are many, many other fine frames out there for a fraction of the price.
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Overpriced! There are many, many other fine frames out there for a fraction of the price.
I kinda doubt that. There aren't that many shops even set up like that, which is to say an emphasis on custom while at the same time being basically a production level set-up. They also have some of their own designs, some of which are a little dubious, but nonetheless it does add to the uniqueness. Anyone can grab a bunch of tubing and pump out a frame, and it will be substantially the same as any other frame, but you pay to get what they have built into their process over the years. And what they have built in is more on the meat and potatoes side than many other companies that are trading or dubious hand building tradition, big name solo builder, or fancy graphics. All that stuff is awesome, but if you are talking identifiable sources of value the CNC tubing cutter may be more ISO 9001-able than the "apprenticeship" (spent in shipping) at an Italian factory, etc...

For the OP, that guy who runs crazyguyonabike, the huge touring blog site, did a bro deal with them for a bike, and covered it pretty extensively. Not arms length, but he did a nice factory tour blog.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=6238
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