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Custom road Bicycles

Old 07-11-12, 07:00 PM
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Custom road Bicycles

Why is it that Trek is the only big name brand co. that has a custom program for their road bikes AKA PROJECT ONE. I know there are quite a few small companies out their that build custom bikes, they are not what I am talking about. It is the big name brands like Giant, Cannondale, Bianchi or any other big name. It would make sense to me that any of them would offer such a program. So what are your thoughts and ideas on this share your opinions.
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Old 07-12-12, 04:16 PM
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The big companies mass produce bicycles. Why would they bother going custom. If you want custom, go to one of many companies that specialise in producing custom bicycles.
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Old 07-12-12, 04:27 PM
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My custom Zona single.
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Our custom Zona tandem.
While not mass produced it fits us properly and currently has 34,000+ miles on it.
Details of custom carbon fiber lug work,
Let see if Trek will build you that!
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Why do you need/want a big-name company to make your bike?
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Old 07-12-12, 04:57 PM
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Koga Miyata has a signature program , out of their NL facility.
It's like a short order cook,
the menu of frame type and size is combined with a set of options of fork and components,
then they put your name on it and send it out to their local dealership .

none in the US, but fly to AMS airport and a short bus trip to a shop,nearby, will work, then..

bring the touring gear panniers with you, and go see the Tulip Bulbfields..
while in the neighborhood .. [if it's a tour/trekking bike]
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Old 07-13-12, 01:48 AM
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Trek Project One is a custom paint/componentry build of their stock frames, much like the Koga Miyata scheme. The Trek Madones are made in moulds that cost $$ tens of thousands. They don't build one mould for one customer. Their stock frames are build to be safe with the heaviest riders so if you are a lightweight, your frame will be way overbuilt.

This is not a big money-spinner for Trek Ltd, it is more of a marketing excercise. The small quantity of custom business is better served by small-scale custom builders who can make the exact bike that you want.
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Old 07-13-12, 08:08 PM
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Felt now offers custom paint at a price, it can only be had on the top of the line F1 frame.
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