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Has anyone ridden the Club Racer from Independent Fabrication

Old 01-21-09, 11:36 PM
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Has anyone ridden the Club Racer from Independent Fabrication

I'm interested in a road bike that can be ridden hard on rough streets, and can hold fenders for winter riding. I'm looking at the Club Racer from Independent Fabrication. Does anyone have any riding experience with it? I'm getting back into road riding after many years away, and I was looking for a bike that would be fast, responsive, but still be able to roll larger tires and fenders for crappy weather.

I'm interested to hear any hands on experience. Thanks!
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I have not ridden an IF, but a friend of mine owns one. It's a custom bike by a very reputable manufacturer. Odds are it is a superb bike.
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Old 01-22-09, 04:52 PM
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friend of mine has one, built up with ultegra groupset, he liked it. i was surprised at how heavy it felt - not sure what tubing his was made of tho. (take that with a grain of salt, this was loaded-for-brevet when i picked it up)

btw if you want a cheaper custom, curtlo cycles has a ~$850 custom road frame, or ~$1000 for one with (lighter) S3 tubing.

and if you just want a road bike that fits fat tires & fenders, you might not need a custom frame: check out the surly pacer (i have one, it's heavy but is a good ride), salsa caseroll, and the soma smoothie.

btw there's a IF-owners site too, they prolly have tons of info: https://www.ifrider.com/
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Thanks for the info! I am looking for a custom frame. I'm surprised your friend's IF felt heavy. They did say it was a pound heavier than the crown jewel, but still sub 19 pounds. I'll check out Curtlo too.
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You could try some of the British framebuilders too, like Woodrup or Mercian. V. good value right now.
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if you're just getting back into things i'd echo matt's advice and look at something like the Salsa Casseroll. A lot cheaper and a perfect winter type bike, assuming the geometry works. Indy Fabs are nice looking, but pretty expensive for what it is.
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Some folks over in the Long Distance forum have Club Racers, you should post over there also.
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I'm surprised your friend's IF felt heavy. They did say it was a pound heavier than the crown jewel, but still sub 19 pounds.
i probably shouldn't have even mentioned the perceived weight, as it was a pretty loaded bike (full carradice bag on the bag, H20, dynohub, brooks b17, etc).. i guess i expected it to feel light even when loaded (which is dumb, i know).

good luck on your search!
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Also check out Gunnar frames.
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Originally Posted by tim10025
Thanks for the info! I am looking for a custom frame. I'm surprised your friend's IF felt heavy. They did say it was a pound heavier than the crown jewel, but still sub 19 pounds. I'll check out Curtlo too.
I do not own a Club Racer, but I do have a SSR 953 by Indy Fab (and waiting for a Crown Jewel with S&S Couplers as a travel/back-up frame)

In think that you should bear in mind that not all frames made by Indy Fab are the same, even if they are the same model. When they build the frame for you, the "custom" process includes not only measurements and angles but also tubing, which varies depending on your physical characteristics, your riding preferences and the intended use of the frame/bike.

The result is that two Club Racer, with similar measurements, may have a different weight. I am sure that if you or your dealer contact IF directly they will be able to walk you through the process. My personal experience with them (particularly Joe Ingram) has been excellent and, besides making a great product, they are very nice people to work with.

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Old 01-25-09, 08:47 AM
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I do have to get a custom frame because my legs are very long compared to my upper body - stock frames just don't fit me.

Mercian is a good idea, and I've looked into Curtlo and Gunnar. But I am wary of working with framebuilders who I can't visit in person for fitting. I am not be going to visit IF, because there is a very good fitting shop where I live that works with them. I don't if I would be comfortable taking my own measurements and sending them in to the framebuilder and then hoping it turns out ok. Is that what people do when they buy custom long distance?
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Thanks for the words about IF. It is good to hear that it has been a good process to work with them.
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