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Maybe custom steel?

Old 06-11-11, 04:41 PM
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Maybe custom steel?

Hey ya'll. Still trying to figure out what to replace my now deceased Tarmac with, was leaning titanium, now also looking into a custom steel bike. I have always wanted a Curtlo S3, but I hear his wait times can be unbearably long (as I am sure can be the case with any custom framebuilder, so this alone could rule out custom steel for the time being), but if you guys know of anyone else priced closed to curtlo, I'm all ears! I've sent an email to Doug at Curtlo, and to Ionic, just waiting to hear back on what they say about wait times. In the meantime, what else can you guys suggest?
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DeSalvo has a really great reputation.

http://www.desalvocycles.com/steel_road.php
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Why not an off-the rack steel bike? I know nothing about DeSalvo, but they don't seem to really have "custom" sizes. They have a range of sizes just like any other manufacturer. A lack of tall sizes like that would disappoint me. My best fitting bike is 66cm CTT, and nothing on their site would fit me.

My Jamis Satellite is a featherweight, and even as a big rider who puts down some good wattage, it's not noodly or flexy, but then I have no real experience on AL TI or C so YMMV.
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Kish Bikes. They are in San Luis Obispo, CA and make great steel and ti bikes.
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I'm a Tommasini fan. Phenomenal balance of stiffness, responsiveness, handling, poise and comfort.

The fully lugged Tecno is gorgeous, but they also do some excellent tig frames (including stainless). They do ti as well.
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I purchased my first bike from Mike Desalvo four months ago and could not be happier! If interested, send me a message and I can tell you about my experience and my unreal bike. Good luck.
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Custom magnesium.
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why not custom Ti?
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I happen to know where you can get leftover Salsa Primero frames - these were their top of the line steel frames with the same S3 tubing as the Curtlo - for 1/4 their original MSRP. Only sizes 56, 58 and 60. I ride one myself and love it.

http://salsacycles.com/bikes/primero/

Write me if you want details.

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Torelli frames are nice and readily available. They have several sizes. I am not sure if they also offer custom sizes.
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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
Why not an off-the rack steel bike? I know nothing about DeSalvo, but they don't seem to really have "custom" sizes. They have a range of sizes just like any other manufacturer. A lack of tall sizes like that would disappoint me. My best fitting bike is 66cm CTT, and nothing on their site would fit me.

My Jamis Satellite is a featherweight, and even as a big rider who puts down some good wattage, it's not noodly or flexy, but then I have no real experience on AL TI or C so YMMV.
All DeSalvo's can be done with custom geometry for an extra $175. Their Columbus Life frame with carbon seat and chainstays is absolutely beautiful and pretty light. The pictures really don't do it justice.
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Sounds like you don't know what you want if you went from aluminum/carbon to ti to steel.
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