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Old 07-01-13, 10:17 PM
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XACD custom Ti Frame, opinions?

So as my dream bicycle is starting to become more reality with more dedication put towards it, one of the question that is arising is the main part, the frame.
I know I want titanium, most likely a CX frame. But I'm stuck on where to go too; I've seen 'Moots' frames, they seem amazing, but, a bit out of my price range for a frame (roughly 4,500 AUD). I'm looking for something $2k<
I've come across XACD frames, they're incredibly cheap for titanium and they're customised. But unlike some of the more well known companies the reviews are, basically worse.
There's some people who love their bicycle, what they expected and then there are the others who have had awful service. Although I like to keep in mind either of these views may be just the tip of the iceberg, there may be thousands of happy customers and a few that weren't and took to the internet.
So I'm just asking for peoples opinions and seeing if anyone has had any experience with this company
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Old 07-02-13, 04:53 AM
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Firefly
http://fireflybicycles.com/
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Old 07-02-13, 06:44 AM
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I assume firefly is also out of his price range.

I like the looks of the Salsa Ti frames, but I don't know if they are available to the OP
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Habenero? Ti Cycles Fabrication?
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Firefly seems nice, but yes - unfortunately out of my range.
On Salsa Cycles, they seem quite reasonably priced, I might check them out a bit more.
Ti Cyles Fabrication also seem pretty reasonable but on the Habenero brand I've read a couple of times in other forums that they use XACD frames. So XACD seems to be a whole saler and you can buy direct from them, i.e. they take out the middle man, which is why I'm leaning towards them. Although their sister company 'Titan products' has supposed better customer service in comparison to XACD, but, again speculation only, not as good frames. I get the feeling I might stick with one of these, the good thing is it's not too much money if anything goes wrong and they appear to be fairly lax on refunds and replacements.
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[QUOTE=WoodyTi;15804902
I've come across XACD frames, they're incredibly cheap for titanium and they're customised. [/QUOTE]

I thought they drew sarcastic comics, not build Ti frames! http://xkcd.com/
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I got a custom fork and bars from them and then discovered this
http://www.pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-001/FAIL-121.html

they seem OK, but they clearly adapt a few straight gauge pipes to everything. The sales guy Porter, can be rude and abrupt. The price is not really quite as they say, I had to wire transfer them the money with no security or accountability, and the bank of china fee was 13% which I only learned when purchasing

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