My new frame arrived just in time for Christmas and some serious SNOW. The new Ti Crown Jewel has some seriously big shoes to fill as it replaces my beloved Eriksen 29er. Working with IF and Bethel Cycle has been a joy and so far this is the best custom bike experience I have had (lets hope the frame will measure up, sure looks nice). By no means where my other bikes bad (Serotta, Seven, Soulcraft and Eriksen) but I feel that the combination of a very knowledgeable shop and IF's expertise made this frame very special. The process started with an appointment with shop owner Greg Pelican. Greg measured my current 29er and used some pretty neat contraptions to measure my body (Fit Kit?). After all the measuring was done, we put my Eriksen in a trainer and Greg recorded me riding the Eriksen. All this, and some still photos, where sent to Kevin at IF. Kevin got back to us in less than a week with a preliminary drawing. After talking to Kevin and Greg we tweaked a couple of things and signed off on the design. Bethel Cycle has two very experienced builders/ mtb racers (Pro license, ouch) in Sean and Scott. We worked together to come up with components. Sure I wanted Edge components wheels, stem, seat post,bar and SRAM XX but my wallet said NO. Instead we recycled a lot of components from the Eriksen, except for a new Reba XX 29er,Easton post and some misc. godies. We are still working on the build, but I will post a ride report and comparison to previous bikes A.S.A.P.
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