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How much money am I looking at for a custom frame build?

BhimaBhima Posts: 2,145
edited August 2009 in Road beginners
What's most expensive - Alu, Carbon, Steel, Ti?

I want to make a frame with a slightly odd geometry which I just can't buy anywhere. It's not that odd though - it'll probably still fit in with race regulations and all that. I've taken a few measurements and have a good idea of tube lengths/geometry. It should fit me perfectly.

Where's the best place to go to get something made (near Manchester)?

How much money would I be expected to cough up?


  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
  • BhimaBhima Posts: 2,145
    edited August 2009
    Wow, that first bike must be so light!
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    On a serious note, Paul Hewitt cycles...
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Could get a custom steel frame for less than £1000, probably a builder in the NW (Paul Hewitt?)

    XACD for Ti, probably the cheapest, but comes from china, and you'll have to give exact geometries because they'll build exactly what you tell them. £400 - £500

    CFRP - Looking at Continental Europe or the US for that, and it'll be pricey.
    I like bikes...

  • BhimaBhima Posts: 2,145
    Paul Hewitt - same guy who did willhub's old man fit? :lol:

    Cool - i'll check him out. Just what I was looking for - some names. Searching google for framebuilders in the northwest is suprisingly bollocks. :|
  • Brian Rourke in Burslem (near Stoke-on-Trent). He builds some excellent steel frames, top bloke too.
  • AidanRAidanR Posts: 1,142
    I'm intrigued... what's the odd geometry?
    Bike lover and part-time cyclist.
  • BhimaBhima Posts: 2,145
    I'll try and scan in my drawings later, if my 8 year old scanner is still working. :shock:
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Bhima wrote:
    I'll try and scan in my drawings later, if my 8 year old scanner is still working. :shock:

    Cool! I didn't realise they did scanners for 8 year olds! :wink:
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,922
    NapoleonD wrote:

    Easily rideable by most adults including those that are 5'10" like me. Don't think the one I rode had the extended handlebars.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 20,049
    I recommend Mercian

    not cheap but truly a work of art and will last you a life time
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  • brownboshbrownbosh Posts: 602
    Burls will build you a custom titanium frame for less thana grand with any number of uses,tube shapes and lengths.
  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    Perhaps contact Dolan?
    Cycling weakly
  • geoff_ssgeoff_ss Posts: 1,201
    itboffin wrote:
    I recommend Mercian

    not cheap but truly a work of art and will last you a life time

    Absolutely. We have several but then, I live near Derby and when I worked it was my local shop.

    I think mine was about £135 - back in 1978 ish :) My 1949 frame cost me £70 when I bought it secondhand as a single fixed not quite so long ago.

    Old cyclists never die; they just fit smaller chainrings ... and pedal faster
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Slightly odd geometry sounds interesting....
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