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Old 08-26-09, 04:58 PM
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custom bikes at R&E Cycles

I have heard numerous good things about R&E cycles and their Rodriguez custom bikes. I'm not quite ready to purchase one myself, but have enjoyed poking through their catalog (https://www.rodbikes.com/catalog/catalog-09-high-res.pdf).

One thing that struck me, while most all aspects of fit are custom made - the component choices seem somewhat constrained.

Specifically things like saddles. and wheel parts seem fairly narrow across all their models. Are components they list just starting points, or is that how it is?

Basically if someone gets a custom frame made, but wants a Brooks saddle, Nitto bars and wheels with Shimano hubs, is the shop going to refuse or attempt to dissuade?

I ask because I've always envisioned a custom bike, being completely custom down to every component of my choosing. Again, I've heard great things about the shop and their bikes, and don't claim to know better - just wondering about their build specs.
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Old 08-26-09, 05:59 PM
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Call and ask. I've heard great things about them as well as the work they do.
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Old 08-26-09, 07:08 PM
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I have 3 Rodriguez bikes (two singles and a tandem) and R+E is my favorite shop. Dennis Bushell is one of the best frame builders on the planet. That being said, they can be quite opinionated about certain things (for example, brakes on tandems) and their fit tends to be somewhat upright, but they will build whatever you want. Brooks saddle, Nitto bars and wheels with Shimano hubs are no problem. Just bring $$$.

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Old 08-27-09, 09:17 PM
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It's fair to say that if you're interested in a custom bike you should spend some time looking around at your options and getting a few good opinions. Most custom frame builders have their own ideas and they don't work for everyone, but as swc7916 points out when it works for you it's magic.
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