As active Moots and Seven Cycles dealers, we have a lot of experience guiding our clients through the custom bike buying experience. While lengthy and much more involved than buying an off the shelf option, going custom can be a rewarding choice for the discerning customer. The benefit is a bike built for your specific desires. Each part handpicked. Every angle adjusted to meet your exact needs. The risk is that the more details involved exponentially increase the chance of mistake. We've designed this system to eliminate as much of that risk as possible, and provide the best custom buying experience in the industry.
A select group of our customers are forced into the custom bike arena due to their specific genetics. Those customers are quite simply unable to find a stock manufacturer making a bike that fits them correctly, and in order for them to enjoy the sport going custom is really their only option. Overwhelmingly though, the custom bike client is simply someone looking to create an item unique to them. Someone who appreciates craftsmanship, and someone who is excited by the details that go into that process.
As mentioned above, our full custom partners are Moots and Seven. Both of these companies exclusively manufacture Titanium bicycles. If carbon is more your style, Trek's Project One is a great semi-custom alternative. While you won't be able to change the geometry of the bikes, you have the ability to customize every other detail, from paint to parts.
How the process works:
You know you're interested in a custom bike, you just aren't sure where to begin. The first thing to do is to swing by the shop and talk to one of our sales staff, and quite possibly one of our service members as well. Even if you know that you want a Moots Psychlo X RSl, you may not know that it comes with a Press Fit 30 bottom bracket that doesn't fit the crank you wanted to use. Our staff can be a great sounding board and help point you in the right direction. We have real world experience with all the new products and can help separate the quality products from the over hyped ones.
Once the details are sorted and the parts are picked, the next, most crucial stage will be determining your custom geometry. While you can always swap seatposts or wheels, the geometry of your bike is set. These measurements will dictate your overall comfort, efficiency and power production. This stage is always handled by one of the qualified coaches from Pedal Hard, our in house Training Center.