That's a great idea but what if you do not have a custom builder in your backyard. I'm in the same position in that I'm thinking of building up a titanium hardtail. I'd love to walk in somewhere and tell them what I want but it's not reality. There is no-one that I know of in my area ( Northern New Jersey ). Therefore I would have to work with someone further away, with a good reputation and give as much information as I can.InVeloVeritas said:"Best bang for your buck" is going to be whoever is local and understands your riding style and terrain. Nailing fit is one thing, but hammering down a frame design that suits you and your style is a whole 'nother kettle of fish. Buying based on a brand (for custom) is a total waste of time, imo. You need a builder that will fit your needs exactly, or you might as well just buy off the peg. I've ridden plenty of bikes that fit, but they could never hold a candle to the end result of a local custom build by an artisan that understands our local terrain.
joerazlifts said:my friend is looking for a custom ti builder and wants to get the best bang for his buck but also wants a kick ass bike