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custom hand cut lugs steel build??

Old 08-18-05, 12:32 PM
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custom hand cut lugs steel build??

i see that you can get new a new hetchins magnum opus built from worldclass with custom geometry

anybody have one of these or know if these new ones are any good, cause i've always fantasized about owning a hetchins but my freakish short legs and long torso (51 seat tube 58 top tube) make buying a nice vintage one out of the question.

and of course this isnt just eye candy i'm going to put a ood 150 miles a week on it, so would it be worth it to get a new hetchins built or should i just get a master builder like llewelyn, a richard sachs, or a tom kellogg for only a little more??
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How long are you willing to wait to get your bike? Some of those builders have delivery dates a couple years out for bikes that are ordered now.
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a couple years, ouch

oh well i guess im in no rush, i'm willing to wait for a beautiful lightweight steel frame that rides like a dream and i know thats exactly what i'd get from someone like sachs or tom kellogg, but the hetchins, as much as it would look gorgeous, could be iffy, and its a lot of money.
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There is alot of controversy about the current Hetchins, who owns
the name, who owns the rights according to Alf Hetchins heirs etc.
The Hetchins site has a list copyright date of 2003, I seem to recall
that Miller isn't building them anymore.
All the builders you mention are very good. Tom Kellogg (spectrum) would
have the best (quickest) turnaround. e-RICHIE (sachs) is approaching 4 year wait.
Sacha White (Vanilla) is above a year now.
Might I suggest you check out Dave Kirk's designs?
( www.kirkframeworks.com/ )
His work is fantastic (check out the terraplane).

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