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Best Lugged Steel Frames (Custom)

Old 02-12-12, 02:05 PM
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Best Lugged Steel Frames (Custom)

Hey everybody,

Currently I've been riding an older Serotta Tange Prestige bike and I really like the lugged steel frame. The frame is a little too small for me so I am looking to get a custom bike for myself and tune it to my liking. I've heard lugged steel frames aren't as popular anymore so I was wondering which companies/custom builders make them still. The only ones I know are Motobecane and Bruce Gordon but don't know much about them. I want to invest in this bike frame and keep it 20+ years so an excellently crafted frame is my preference. Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for all the help!
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motobecane isn't custom. The name was bought out by BikesDirect and it is a cheap mail order company.

Try https://waterfordbikes.com/w/ for a custom builder. They started as the Schwinn Paramount factory and have been making lugged steel frames for over 30 years.

Or if you just want a well made stock lugged frame at a good price made with tange prestige tubing take a look at a Soma Stanyan in your size.
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Checkout a few of the websites from builders attending the National Handmade Bike Show https://2012.handmadebicycleshow.com/...xhibitor-list/
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Here is a fairly comprehensive list of custom bike builders that I've been keeping up. Google any of them and you'll find their website. The list is alphabetical.

611 Bicycle
Ahearne
Alliance
Alchemy
Anderson Custom
Anvil
Appleman
Argonaut
Bamboosero
Baum
Baylis
Bilenky
Biciclista
Bicycle Fab
Bishop Bikes
Black Cat
Black Sheep
Blaze
Bohemian
Boo
Boxkars
Broakland
Brompton
Bruce Gordon
Caletti
Calfee
Castle Frameworks
Cherubim
Cielo
Circle A
Cleaver Bikes
Coconino
Co-Motion
Crumpton
Curtlo
CYFAC
Dean
Della Santa
Demon Frameworks
DeSalvo
DiNuci
Don Walker
Dornbox
Edoz
Ellis
English
Everti
Festka
Firefly
Form
Formigli
Frances
Funk
Gallus
Gaulzetti
Geekhouse
Groovy Cycleworks
Gunnar
Guru
Hampsten
Holland
Hot Tubes
Hunter
Independent Fabrication
Ingleheart
Inglis/Retrotec
Ira Ryan
K. Bedford
Kirk Frameworks
Kirk Lee
Kish Fab.
Liebo
Littleford
Llewellyn
MAP Bicycles
Majaco
Marinoni
Massengill
Matthews Custom
Monkey Likes Shiny
Moots
Moth Attack
Muse
My Dutch Bike
Naked
Nubilette
Oswald Cycleworks
Paketa
Panda (bamboo)
Peacock Groove
Pegoretti
Pereira
Persechini
Pitz!
Porter Custom
Raphael Cycles
Rebolledo
Rex
Richard Sachs
Rivendell
Roberts
Rock Lobster
Sadilah
Santana
Serotta
Seven
Shamrock
Signal
Soulcraft
Spectrum
Speedhound
Speedvagen
Sprout
Steelmann
Steve Potts
Strawberry/Terra Nova
Strong
Sycip
TJ Cycles
Taylor
Ted Wojcik
Ti Cycles
Townsend
True Fabrication
Tsunchiro
Vanilla
Vendetta
Vertigo
Victoria
Vincent Dominguez
Vulture
Waterford
Winter
Wolfhound
Ybarrola
Yipsan
Zanconato
Zinn
Zullo
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Though not having ridden them, I have experience with Carl Strong from a retail basis. He is wonderful to work with and builds fantastic bikes. Also Rob English builds some amazing, though not lugged, steel bikes.
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My last steel frame was built by Peter Dreesens out of Zieglerville, PA..it is still going strong after 18 yrs of faithful service. If u are anywhere near the SE PA area, he is definitely a good one to call
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As post #4 makes abundantly clear there are many builders. Some are way expensive, even in this market, and some have 2+ year wait times but all will build you a great frame. Getting together with a builder and making sure he (are there any female builders?) knows you is the key. Not just your physical measurements but the builder should understand how and why you rie and factor that into the build.
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If I was going domestic lugged custom, I would go Dave Kirk, Winter or perhaps Signal Cycles.
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With the research I've done, I would check out Ira Ryan, Dave Kirk (Kirk Framworks) and DeSalvo (he does the welding for the Speedvagen bikes out of the Vanilla Workshop). They have different prices, but they all have excellent reviews and seem to do great work.
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Here's a great video of Ant Bikes (not listed above) building a custom mixte:
Here.

Note for old Boston post-punk fans: that's Roger Miller from Mission of Burma playing guitar on that video.

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Thanks for the list.
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I recommend Chris Kvale in Minneapolis.
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Where do you live??

It makes the most sense to pick a builder you can meet in person to discuss your riding style, needs, expectations, and budget.
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+1 for Waterford.
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Originally Posted by Walter
Getting together with a builder and making sure he (are there any female builders?
Why yes, Megan Dean of Moth Attack https://mothattack.com/?page_id=2
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Rodriguez in Seattle would make you a very nice custom bike.

https://www.rodcycle.com/
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Originally Posted by tony2v
Why yes, Megan Dean of Moth Attack https://mothattack.com/?page_id=2
Cool! Thanks for posting that.
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Approx 6 weeks till delivery, waiting on paint.
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Interesting looking frame. I think that's the first frame I've seen where the head tube and the seat tube have an angle that would make them intersect below the floor if you extended the lines. Most other bikes are either nearly parallel or have an angle that opens upward. There must be a name for that. Can't wait to see it painted and then built up.
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Peter Weigle (J. P. Weigle Cycles) makes beautiful bikes here in CT. Great guy too.
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I would seriously look towards Waterford! There's a lot of builders out there today, and a lot of underground operations building frames which is here today and gone tomorrow. Protect your investment and go with a long term reputable builder that will be around for a long time!
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Originally Posted by a1penguin
Interesting looking frame. I think that's the first frame I've seen where the head tube and the seat tube have an angle that would make them intersect below the floor if you extended the lines. Most other bikes are either nearly parallel or have an angle that opens upward. There must be a name for that. Can't wait to see it painted and then built up.
its called a size large usually.
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