Is it worth haggling with him? How much do similar frames go for? (I'm a mountain biker, primarily and don't know road bikes too well)lanpope said:There is NO reason.
Potts is #1 on my list of Ti builders. There is just something about his bikes.
I e-mailed him about a 29er before I bought my Moots (got too good of deal to pass up, if price was equal I would have gone with Potts). His price for a 29er was ~$2850 for full custom.
That has been several months ago, but I think that price is more than reasonable given his pedigree.
Wonder if he will do a Type II road fork.
No haggling.IRMB said:Is it worth haggling with him? How much do similar frames go for? (I'm a mountain biker, primarily and don't know road bikes too well)
The price isn't necessarily too steep - I'm just wondering if haggling is appropriate.lanpope said:No haggling.
If the price is too steep, look at steel, or maybe try to find something used (probably won't have much luck finding a used Potts road frame in ANY size).
That price is very comparable with other high end ti builders. There are some budget guys out there doing good work in ti (Scott Quiring comes to mind) so you could check them out as an option.
5 years would not be acceptable!terry b said:Have you asked about his lead time?
For some reason, 5 years sticks in my mind.
For ti, there are dozens of builders to choose from. Strong, DeSalvo, Kish, Eriksen, plus bigger concerns like Moots.
Not diminishing Steve Potts, but if your goal is an "heirloom" then it might make sense to talk to as many builders as will pick up the phone and spend the time with you.
It will be interesting to find out the timing.IRMB said:5 years would not be acceptable!
We'll see - I just traded some emails with him yesterday.
Just got off the phone with Potts.Sablotny said:+3 on the "keep us posted". First I discovered that Bruce Gordon was 15 miles away from me, now I look up Steve Potts and see he's 30 miles away. Heard of him but never knew he was in Point Reyes. Truly the Golden Age.
I've known Steve for 18 years - having had the chance to work with him, see his work from start to finish, learn from him and spend time getting to know him, I was fairly convinced I wanted him to build my bike.velotel said:You can't go wrong with a frame from Steve; you can't find a better, more meticulous builder. And as you've found out, he's a great guy. Also a very fine rider. I'm not riding one of his bikes only because I ended up getting a bike from Kent Eriksen instead. They're both old and good friends of mine whose framesI have always appreciated and the only reason I opted for the Eriksen is because I really like his curved seat and chain stays. And his seat post. Otherwise I would have ordered a frame from Steve for sure.