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Offline DaveB

Re: help choosing a bike
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2012, 09:50:27 am »
. There are differences between stock and custom bikes just as there are differences between a custom made suit and a suit off the rack; just as there are differences between a Huffy and a Trek.
I believe you've overstated the case here.  The differences between a Huffy and a Trek (or Specialized, Fuji, etc.) are vastly wider than the differences between a custom suit and a good quality off-the-rack suit.   

A custom bike may (may, not certainly) have minor dimentional differences from a stock bike and may be slightly better finished but the improvements will be small unless the rider is way off on one side of the bell curve for body proportions.

Offline RussSeaton

Re: help choosing a bike
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2012, 03:18:17 pm »
I disagree with Russ. There are differences between stock and custom bikes just as there are differences between a custom made suit and a suit off the rack; just as there are differences between a Huffy and a Trek. After being happy with my stock bikes, I decided to invest in a custom bike. My last two bikes have been custom (Waterford) and I can tell the difference in the ride and how I feel at the end of the ride. An added benefit is the very noticeable craftsmanship differences. There are some excellent stock bikes and investing in a custom bike is not necessary to enjoy riding, but there are differences, and that is why there is a difference in cost.

I have a stock Southwick suit that cost a few dollars.  I am sure it is far superior to the vast majority of custom suits sold.  I also have a stock Waterford.  The finest of lugged bikes.  Reynolds 753 frame.  Silver soldering on the small lugs.  Beautiful red paint.  Are you implying that Waterford makes good custom frames and crap stock frames?  Do you think they use different welders, cutters, painters for the custom and stock frames?  The good people make the custom bikes and the worthless people make the stock frames?  Odd.

If your body shape requires a custom frame, get one.  It will fit you better.  Assuming the maker measures you correctly and knows how to design frames.  Not a given.  But if you are like 99+% of the people and have normal shaped bodies, you don't need custom frames.  Stock will fit you perfectly fine.

Offline bikeguyrich

Re: help choosing a bike
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2012, 09:23:00 pm »
Thanks to all of you for your imput.  I am probably going with the Saga Soma after test riding  a few of these.  Why the Soma?  I can build up the bike with the specific parts list I want  without having to accept "off the rack" parts. The Soma I tried was a sweet ride smooth and the geometry seemed to fit my body type just fine. I will let you know how I fare on my travels. Thanks once again for some very interesting and thoughtful comments! Now go out and ride.