For steel, you could do a lot worse than Curtis.
At risk of repeating myself, just thought I'd waft a couple of Amaros past the thread again
Until then ^ I don't think I've ever seen a marketing picture spoiled by a tyres tread pattern
Anyway, talking of Enigma:
How do I go about getting a custom build?
Really fancy a steel or Ti bike
Look up a few until you find one that makes the kind of bike you're into, or find a builder that understands what you're after or you just like chatting bikes with. From experience, Ti is either really expensive and/or harder to get right. Steel gives you more options and a frame that may weigh a bit more but can ride just as nicely.
The Bespoked show website is a good place to find a few builders.
If I was to get a special keeper at that price (rather than something that will date and be sold on after a couple of years) then a custom built Shand would be the business.
Stoater FT would be my choice - made just right for you. Should be in budget or very close to.
Or sell one of your awful (IMO) road bikes and get a Ti full sus!
That Shand flickr page...
I need that green cross bike with the brown bar tape.
My current dream bike is to build the vitus road frame sat in my spare room
It's an original from start of the 80s I think and it's never been build up so is as new. And nothin at all to do with the current crc tat branded as vitus
Problem is the seat post alone for it will be 200 ish off eBay let alone all the other shiny old campy for it
But next week I'm sure smothing else will change my mind
I am envious! If I were you I would get a custom steel road bike Swallow or Villiers velos would be my current choices. A proper bike fit and some handbuilt wheels wheels with a campag chorus gruppo. 3k I reckon?
You can then sell the boardman and buy a newer FS or 29er mtb.
I'm yet to see a bike I like in this thread
This is quite nice, albeit useless in the context, as I have no idea what it would cost. Wouldn't fit me either, but if I had to have something a bit special, I'd be looking in this sort of direction...
is it? it just looks like another bland HT (fully rigid too) even the colour says DULL!
It's not my dream bike mike, but if I were to have something as a keeper, then maybe the sort of lines I'd be thinking along - it's a 29'er with custom ti frame btw.
If it were just a money no object bike, then I'd be looking at some £6k+ fully blinged carbon full sussers
maybe I'm just not old enough to lust after custom ti rigid ht's. I think over the years my dream bikes have been different each year so I don't think of any of them as keepers. I think as I said earlier your dream bike is your next one.
One of those new Thomson Ti bikes (but wait for the 29er)
or go custom, this caught my eye recently from Field Cycles (although why you'd go with a layback on a custom frame is beyond me)
I am in kent
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