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I just ordered a DH frame and all the goods to go with it so I am looking for recommendations for a good shop to build it. I live in Beaverton, but ok with driving to a good shop I can trust. I know, I should be able to build it myself.. Wish I could, but I’m at the mercy of the local shops. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.
 

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http://cyclepathnw.com/

They specialize in custom builds. While not DH in particular, I can't say I've heard anything but good things about their service. Just up MLK a ways N of Burnside. A buddy bought a Titus El Guapo there (custom build) and I've had a wheelset built there.

http://www.ride-this.com/index.php/company-info

These guys I've never used for service, but they are a good local shop, too. I'd give them a shout and see what they can do... I've used them just once for purchase, but had a good experience, and they like big bikes. On the other side of town (Milwaukie), though.

Just a couple that I'd start with, but there are plenty of compentent wrenches in this town.

YMMV.

PS- What's the frame/build?
 

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I appreciate the feedback. I will give these shops a shout. Still a little new to the area so not real familiar with the local shops.

I am building a Canfield Brothers Jedi. Pretty much all Saint group, Fox 40, and running the new Elka shock. Should have it next week hopefully.



toowacky said:
http://cyclepathnw.com/

They specialize in custom builds. While not DH in particular, I can't say I've heard anything but good things about their service. Just up MLK a ways N of Burnside. A buddy bought a Titus El Guapo there (custom build) and I've had a wheelset built there.

http://www.ride-this.com/index.php/company-info

These guys I've never used for service, but they are a good local shop, too. I'd give them a shout and see what they can do... I've used them just once for purchase, but had a good experience, and they like big bikes. On the other side of town (Milwaukie), though.

Just a couple that I'd start with, but there are plenty of compentent wrenches in this town.

YMMV.

PS- What's the frame/build?
 

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Jimmy at Fat Tire is as good as they come for service... they've done many services for myself and several of my riding friends and 3 complete builds from scratch... highly recommended...

only minus is they are pretty busy so service can take a bit.... I guess thats the problem when your good... everyone knows it...
 

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I don't think I've ever seen anything but DH bikes in Ride This' shop. Very DH oriented shop,helpful staff thats full of knowledge.
When I first got my DH bike I went in there asking all kinds of stupid questions and they answered them gladly without making me feel like an idiot.
I've never used them for service, but judging by the number and caliber of bikes in there, I know somebody is.
 

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If you don't mind the drive, I'd recommend Santiam Bicycle in Salem. I've seen custom DH and freeride bikes they've built, they sponsor racers, and always did good wrenching for me and reasonable with costs. I haven't been there is a few years since moving up to the Portland area, but they are the top of my list. If that is too far, Dave with Olsen's in Forest Grove knows his DH/FR bikes and components.
 

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Give Phillip of Cayuse Cycles a call. Phillip definitely knows his stuff and is a great guy to boot. He does a lot of builds with Rocky Mountain and Tomac frames.

1837 Willamette Falls Dr
West Linn, OR 97068
ph: 503-342-6168
fax: 503-342-6187
[email protected]
 

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jimi1114 said:
I am building a Canfield Brothers Jedi. Pretty much all Saint group, Fox 40, and running the new Elka shock. Should have it next hopefully.
No, you are not building it. ;) :D
Seriously, you should try to build it on your own or at least watch whoever builds your bike. So many things to work on on a top shelf DH bike even after it is build. If you have to go to a shop everytime you need some wrenching it gets spendy fast! Not to mention those situations where you destroy stuff on Saturday evening, want to ride on Sunday but no shop is open anymore. :eek:

That said, Ride-This is probably your best bet (closest). Other than that, Santiam in Salem or Full Cycles in Corvallis have the knowledge to put a big bike together. Mechanics in all the mentioned shops ride and race DH bikes.
 

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Shite! if you want to pay me; I'll come build your bike. Thats half the fun of getting a new bike!!! Putting all the "Cool shite" together. Thats a technical term. You really should learn to wrench on your own bike.
 

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Thanks for all the replies... I really appreciate it. I know I should be able to do this myself. I probably have all the tools I need. I will talk to a couple of the shops to see what I need, get some insight and maybe give it a go myself. Worst comes to worst I can always take it in if I get stuck.

You guys are awesome, thanks again.
 

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Regardless, it's gonna be a sick build. Jealous!

Also, keep in mind that UBI will be opening a campus soon in Portland, and that would be a good place to take a class to help you learn to maintain that rig.
 

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Shite! if you want to pay me; I'll come build your bike. Thats half the fun of getting a new bike!!! Putting all the "Cool shite" together. Thats a technical term. You really should learn to wrench on your own bike.
Couldn't agree more.

Drive to Ashland... I'll build it, and give it a good test ride too! ;)
 

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Jimmy at Fat Tire is as good as they come for service... they've done many services for myself and several of my riding friends and 3 complete builds from scratch... highly recommended...

only minus is they are pretty busy so service can take a bit.... I guess thats the problem when your good... everyone knows it...

100% agreed. Two builds for me, and fantastic service! :thumbsup:
 

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Went into Ride-This yesterday and talked to Matt. These guys seem to be really knowledgeable and are definitely helpful. Also, the best rate to put a bike together as well.
 

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If anyone knows DH bikes (not that they're really all that different from any other bike--just slacker frame geo and different suspension, for the most part), Ride-This would. They usually have a team at Skibowl and Willy Pass, if I'm not mistaken.

And, like others said, before you give it all to a shop to build, give it a shot. You'll probably need some help with the headset (if it's not already pressed) and maybe the bottom bracket if you don't have the right wrench. Everything else should be fairly easy. Plus, it give you more time with your new baby. :D

Post pics when you're done. Jedi's are amazing bikes.
 

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You can count on it. Pictures/ride report/CS at RT to follow.

I am still really leaning and giving the build a go myself. I do want to learn how to do work on my bike myself. I will see if I can get RT to press in the headset and I think I may have a tool for the bottom bracket. If not RT will get the job.
 

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build it yourself! When i was first really getting intense into biking i built my bike (turner 5 spot), I even built the wheels, which is not half as hard a people make it out to be, 3 years later and i have never had to true them and they roll perfect. The only thing the average person needs help with out of house is getting their BB shell faced and the headset installed, unless you have the tools for it available. Also learn to rebuild your shocks when they need servicing, its not hard and there are tons of online pictorial instructions out there.
Building and maintaining your bike is part of the fun of biking i think!
 
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