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Old 08-12-07, 01:04 PM
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custom frame - no test ride

Hi,
Some of the people in the forum that have custom frame, said that they fit like a glove.
Well, how can you be sure that the frame WILL fit like a glove, if you didn't ride it?
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Old 08-12-07, 02:09 PM
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If you go with a trusted builder then you can be confident you will get a quality frame that fits well. This quality and fit will cost you extra for sure. A friend of mine recommended Seven Cycles to me so I went with them. They gather various body measurements as well as information about your current bike. Then they call you and ask you what you like about your current bike, what you'd like to change and what type of riding you plan to do with your new bike. With all of that information they're able to build a frame that is optimized for you.

I have owned about a dozen bikes in my lifetime and my Seven fits me the best of any bike I've ever ridden. The seat tube on my Seven, for example, is 56.5cm (center to top) and the top tube is longer than you find on 56cm frames to account for my longer arms. In the past I've usually found 58cm frames to fit the best because of the need for a longer top tube. There are also several other factors that affect fit (seat post, saddle position, stem angle and length, bars, etc.) so the frame is just one part of the whole equation. A good bike shop should be able to get a reasonable fit out of most any frame provided they start with the right size.

One of the biggest drawbacks of going custom is you don't get to ride the bike before you buy it. I think this is the main gist of your question. For that you just gotta have faith, which is why going with a proven builder is a good idea. While custom frames aren't for everyone I couldn't be happier with mine.
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Is the frame built for touring in mined ?
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Old 08-12-07, 02:33 PM
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If you want it to be. With custom frames you can really have it almost any way you want it.
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Old 08-12-07, 05:57 PM
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It like a taylor made suit. If the the tayor/builder is good it will fit and ride like a dream. Some suggestions:
-Try to deal directly with the builder, some customs go through a local shop, I like to to actually talk to the person building bike.
- Don't be afraid to ask about the builder's qualification and experience.
- Ask to see some pictures of other bike they have built and perhaps even contact other owners.
- Ask questions on forums such as this.
After you have done the above you will be confident in having your new custom bike fit. And if it doesn't a good custom builder will make it right.
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Originally Posted by kipibenkipod
Hi,
Some of the people in the forum that have custom frame, said that they fit like a glove.
Well, how can you be sure that the frame WILL fit like a glove, if you didn't ride it?
I trusted the guy who measured me. He seemed to know what he was doing and really took his time. He watched me ride on a stationary setup and kept making adjustments.
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Working directly with the builder is the best. They should take everything in mind. Matt Assenmacher built my bike. He had me bring my current bike in and he did many measurements and my weight. How I like to ride and what I wanted in a new bike. Fast club riding with rack bosses, three waterbottles, etc. They should work with you. I am still riding this same bike with full Campy Super Record. I have updated the pedals SPD and rebuilt the wheels to aero rims. I could ride this bike no handed the first time I rode it. You will LOVE having a custom built frame.
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