Also, my Donhou will have been about 4.5 months (assuming it lands end of this week as expected). I obviously haven’t ridden the bike yet, so watch this space, but Tom has been great to work with. Nothing has been too much trouble and it’s been a good mix of him listening to what I’ve wanted but him using his experience and expertise to interpret that.
I think any custom frame is going to take a long time, but these days one must wait a few weeks for even some factory frames. And if you are getting exactly what you want, it’s worth the wait. I have some custom frames I’ve waited two years for. Others - some full custom and some standard size with some minor tweaks - I have waited as little as 3-4 months. My carbon Calfee frames have taken between 3-6 months - standard size with a head-tube extension. I am currently awaiting a Rob English build, and I expect to wait about 36 months (30 more to go!). I recently waited about 12 weeks for a Bearclaw Thunderhawk, which only come in standard sizes. So any boutique or small-builder frame is going to likely take some time.
i know haley cycles offers free custom geo and custom paint for their bikes. They only do Ti to my knowledge, but worth an email if they can do other materials.
I had asked them some questions a while back and they were also fairly responsive so worth a shot.
Zukas Pricing and Terms makes some of the sexiest seatstays around and one of the best headtube badges ever.
Dean is welding up Haley’s frames, so I imagine Haley’s lead time is constrained by how busy Dean is.
I’m currently riding a full custom geometry Officine Mattio SL. The SL is all carbon with full integration. They offer other models in other materials like steel or alloy.
Definitely not cheap, but when I bought mine I figured if I’m going to pay top dollar and I’m going to have to wait a few months, it might as well be for something really special.
I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
Thanks very much for the tips, insights and queries,
Just to close the loop on this one, just figured i’d mention that i have my eye on a tommasini prp2 frameset (aluminium racer). Likely purchase in August. The bikes are gorgeous and look well made (understatement ). And replies to queries were prompt. Some other makers were also quite impressive and responsive.