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Author:  orange71 [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Recommendation for UK-based builder of 29er frames?

I was in the process of having a 29er frame built for me by Steve Shand, but he's had to close shop for a few months while he relocates at short notice, so the order's been cancelled :( I'm hugely disappointed.

Can any of you recommend somebody else who could offer a very similar service?

I'm after someone who is prepared to build a unique (i.e. I am dictating a lot of the design cues) steel fillet-brazed 29er frame and forks. I need someone who is prepared to listen to what I want and build accordingly, rather than supply me with something they want to build or are used to building. I'm aware not all operate this way :?

Any recommendations?

Author:  John [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Recommendation for UK-based builder of 29er frames?

orange71 wrote:
I was in the process of having a 29er frame built for me by Steve Shand, but he's had to close shop for a few months while he relocates at short notice, so the order's been cancelled :( I'm hugely disappointed.

Can any of you recommend somebody else who could offer a very similar service?

I'm after someone who is prepared to build a unique (i.e. I am dictating a lot of the design cues) steel fillet-brazed 29er frame and forks. I need someone who is prepared to listen to what I want and build accordingly, rather than supply me with something they want to build or are used to building. I'm aware not all operate this way :?

Any recommendations?



If you have a good idea of what you're after I'd think about giving Lee Cooper (local to me) a go > http://customcycleframes.blogspot.com/ . I've never had a frame from him but have seen plenty of examples of his work, seems to be able to build a tidy frame. He does a lot of stuff which ends up with other peoples names on. Prices seem OK too...

Author:  ferrus [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:19 pm ]
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As you live in Derby, I wonder if Mercian would be up for it? Mind you, they're so traditional/conservative that you'd probably have to know exactly what you wanted and specify every detail. Could be very nice though.

Author:  orange71 [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:37 pm ]
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well I did wonder. I do know *exactly* what I want, it's just would they take that from me and listen :? Also have they ever done a 29er? Ideally I'd like someone with some experience of them.

Author:  suburbanreuben [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:33 pm ]
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ferrus wrote:
As you live in Derby, I wonder if Mercian would be up for it? Mind you, they're so traditional/conservative that you'd probably have to know exactly what you wanted and specify every detail. Could be very nice though.

There was a Mercian on Ebay last week that was built for 130mm forks, Rohloff hub and an EBB. It even had crud catcher mounts. :shock:
I thought that was quite risque of them. :wink:

Author:  orange71 [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:02 pm ]
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if you go to their site hidden away there are a couple of pics of MTBs :shock:

Author:  ferrus [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:06 pm ]
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There was a teenage lad in Derby who had one BITD, fully Campag Euclid equipped, it must have weighed well over 30lbs. He was trying so hard to be grateful for it as his old man had it custom made for him, but I think he just wanted a bike with gears that worked and a chance of getting airborne. :lol:

Author:  Jamiedyer [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:13 pm ]
Post subject:  edison

You could always give Edison cycles in Clowne a call.
Havent had one of his frames but he put my Merckx on the jig and made sure everything was aligned and faced and fitted my BB, headset and built my wheels when the Merckx came from the factory. A couple of my friends ride his frames and they are really nice.
Not sure on the 29er angle but he is upfront and works with you so he will tell you straight away whether he can or not.

Jamie

Author:  brocklanders023 [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:27 pm ]
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Does this mean you'll not have it for your bday Ed? :(

Author:  gump [ Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:40 pm ]
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bad news Ed, how come you going custom?

Author:  orange71 [ Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:05 am ]
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need something that fits me basically - fed up with compromise :roll: :D That and it's my 40th in May and it's something I've always wanted. Lee Cooper is looking a good lead at the moment.

Author:  stedlocks [ Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:49 am ]
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He makes good jeans as well.....


I'll get me coat :0)

Author:  orange71 [ Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:30 am ]
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:lol:

Author:  feetabix [ Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:30 pm ]
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check out the coventry cycle centre....they offer handbuilding to your spec and are worth a look.....f

Author:  orange71 [ Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:47 pm ]
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cheers - looks interesting. Qubic is the name their custom frames go by.

Author:  feetabix [ Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:55 pm ]
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i was in the shop last week getting a new bb in my clockwork......i stood talking with the owner for some time,they look really well finished and are fully custom built....very clean and classy ....(if i can be forgiven for oggling new bikes in this distinguished company!)... :roll:

Author:  DM [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:55 am ]
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Has 29er experience:
http://www.shandcycles.com/

Despite mostly building track frames and posh townie bikes, this guy is a BMXer, so might do you a MTB...?
http://feathercycles.blogspot.com/

Author:  red_riviera [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:46 pm ]
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Brian Rourke will build anything you fancy and is not that far from you:

http://www.brianrourke.co.uk/rourke-framesets-c-86.html

Author:  orange71 [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:23 pm ]
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thanks Steve Shand is the guy who has had to back out due to relocation hence this post in the first place unfortunately.

I'm onto Rourke :D

Author:  DM [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:19 pm ]
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orange71 wrote:
thanks Steve Shand is the guy who has had to back out due to relocation hence this post in the first place unfortunately.

I'm onto Rourke :D


:roll: Oh yes, you wrote that originally - Damn my reading skills :oops: :lol:

Does it HAVE to be British?
Kris at JRD in France will take on almost anything you can think of:

http://julieracingdesig.canalblog.com/

http://julieracingdesign.com/

There's also Le Cadre:
http://www.lecadre-bicycles.com/wp/

and others.

Author:  orange71 [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:22 pm ]
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no French could be good. That's 24Pouces isn't it?

Author:  DM [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:28 pm ]
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orange71 wrote:
no French could be good. That's 24Pouces isn't it?


24Pouces on here is French?
Maybe he knows some good builders, then?
An excuse for a visit to France...?

I forgot Edel Bikes:
Check out the orange filleted 29er. Mmmmmm!

http://blog.edelbikes.com/

Author:  orange71 [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:41 pm ]
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DM wrote:
orange71 wrote:
no French could be good. That's 24Pouces isn't it?


24Pouces on here is French?
Maybe he knows some good builders, then?


he *is* Julie Racing Design :D

Author:  DM [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:51 pm ]
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orange71 wrote:
DM wrote:
orange71 wrote:
no French could be good. That's 24Pouces isn't it?


24Pouces on here is French?
Maybe he knows some good builders, then?


he *is* Julie Racing Design :D


Oh. :lol:
Maybe I missed that announcement 8)
You learn something new every day on retrobike!

To be honest, I think his bikes are in a totally different league to the other builders you were considering (I saw a Mercian MTB once :shock:) What's Kris' waiting list like, though...?

Author:  The Ken [ Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:21 pm ]
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orange71 wrote:
DM wrote:
orange71 wrote:
no French could be good. That's 24Pouces isn't it?


24Pouces on here is French?
Maybe he knows some good builders, then?


he *is* Julie Racing Design :D


I never knew that, his paint work is stunning.

Author:  Woodsman [ Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:57 pm ]
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I'm sure you've got all angles covered (no pun intended) but I always thought some of the Solitudes had unusually steep head tube angles. Lee made for Solitude, I'm sure he's fine, just spec exactly what you want.

I'm having a custom Roberts made at the moment, not sure if Chas has built any 29er's, maybe worth a phone call (they aren't too quick on email response btw, I always phone). Columbus has the new 29er Life tubes out now, and Roberts like using Columbus..

Author:  kaiser [ Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:16 pm ]
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DM wrote:
orange71 wrote:
thanks Steve Shand is the guy who has had to back out due to relocation hence this post in the first place unfortunately.

I'm onto Rourke :D


:roll: Oh yes, you wrote that originally - Damn my reading skills :oops: :lol:

Does it HAVE to be British?
Kris at JRD in France will take on almost anything you can think of:

http://julieracingdesig.canalblog.com/

http://julieracingdesign.com/

There's also Le Cadre:
http://www.lecadre-bicycles.com/wp/

and others.


:o I had no idea either, the work looks absolutely fantastic!

Author:  ibob [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:42 pm ]
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You're super-lanky, right? Are you going to build it for extra-long cranks?
http://zinncycles.pinnaclecart.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=2&pg=1

Author:  Andy R [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:55 pm ]
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kaiser wrote:
DM wrote:
orange71 wrote:
thanks Steve Shand is the guy who has had to back out due to relocation hence this post in the first place unfortunately.

I'm onto Rourke :D


:roll: Oh yes, you wrote that originally - Damn my reading skills :oops: :lol:

Does it HAVE to be British?
Kris at JRD in France will take on almost anything you can think of:

http://julieracingdesig.canalblog.com/

http://julieracingdesign.com/

There's also Le Cadre:
http://www.lecadre-bicycles.com/wp/

and others.


:o I had no idea either, the work looks absolutely fantastic!


Yes, some amazingly beautiful work - that's given me more food for thought anyway...... :wink:

Author:  orange71 [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:33 pm ]
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Yes super lanky but not going for long cranks. 175 is fine for me. I should have updated this really - I have settled for Edelbikes. Francois is the guy there and the deposit went down this week :D His English is superb, I love the stuff he's done already, it's right up my street, he's listened to what I am after, and the build is scheduled in for April delivery :D Can't wait.

I was wrong BTW julieracingdesign is Kris le Rouge not 24pouces :oops: :lol:

I was tempted to go with them but the waiting list was a year.

Author:  kaiser [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:39 pm ]
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This is gorgeous

http://blog.edelbikes.com/post/2010/03/ ... atest-29er


no chance of convincing you less is more ed?

Author:  orange71 [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:50 pm ]
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mine is taking a few cues from that one esp. around the BB area, but mine will have less clutter on the frame :D I am also having post mounts disc tabs - but not on the rear (I'm going for Paragon sliding dropouts which I can swap between disc/non-disc and geared/non-geared) - but on the forks :D

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