Custom Work Pricing

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What we do:

Build custom classically inspired bicycle frames, forks, racks, and stems from 4130 Cro-mo special tubing.

We also modify vintage high end, cool high-ish end and other builders’ handmade bikes.

 
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Hand-crafted, custom frames.

*Proven seat and head tube angles for the application, and custom sizing to fit your proportions.

*Fender eyelets, rack mounts, pump peg, water bottle mounts, shifter bosses, cable guides, and brake mounts. *Extra braze ons, and hand carved or vintage lugs available.

*Complete build kits and service available and preferred! Bikes come out better if we make sure all the components will fit the frame, are compatible, and will work well for the intended use.

 

PRICES:

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Custom Frames:

Simple road or track $2,100 (includes fork)

Touring or city $2,700 (includes fork, standard braze ons)

650b Randonneur $2,999 (includes fork, and all standard braze ons. Custom lugs and Connector-less SL dynamo are extra)

*Custom, hand-carved, and modified vintage lugs available. Prices depend on difficulty, usually between $300 per lug.

*Upgrade frame/fork for Connector-less Sl dynamo with internal wire routing +$250+connectors

*We have just lowered our prices, and are now also including a single color powder coat with Norther down tube decal in the price.

*We’re using CC Coating here in Portland for all our single color powder coating jobs, all you have to do is pick your color on the Prismatic Powder website and we’ll do the rest. We have several colors of decals to choose from too.

*Custom Powder coating, or incredibly nice, dare i say show quality paint is also available. (Paint starts at $600 for one color with liquid logos painted on the down tube under the clear coat). We recommend Color Works Bike Painting, and or Black Magic Painting, (They’re both great and best of all they both pick up and drops off!), but we can send our Norther Art files and Head badge to a Painter or Powder Coater of your Choice too if you have someone you like working with.

*Custom racks, decaleurs and stems are also available, and we offer %25 off when purchased with a custom bike.

*We have a Chrome plating place we use for racks, stems and decaleurs. We charge $150 extra for the extra prep involved: plugging vent holes, sanding and polishing pre-chrome. The Chromer typically charges about $200-300 per batch. (So a stem will cost you $200, but rack and a stem will probably only cost about the same $200). You can have your racks powder coated too, for about $80, same color as your frame at the same time, or $145 for a different color.

Extra Custom work:

Custom Forks:

Simple road or track $350

Touring/City/randonneur with cantilever bosses and rack mounts $475

Low trail disk fork $550

*Upgrade fork for Connector-less Sl dynamo with internal wire routing +$250 (Internal brass tube)

*Upgrade fork with internal wire routing for standard dynamo hub +$50 (2 small reinforced holes)

*Upgrade from canti bosses to hard mount studs for Mafac or Compass center-pull +$100 (fork only, add $100 for us to add them to your frame too)

 

Custom Racks:

 Front handlebar bag rack: starting from $349

Detachable lowriders to an existing rack (must have attachment points) $499

Front rack+detachable low-riders for panniers: $799, or $899 "mule" style

Demi Porter front rack: starting at $399

Demi Porter front rack with detachable low-riders for panniers: starting at $999

"Mule" style detachable low-riders for panniers: $575

Custom porter rack: starting at $499

Rear rack: starting at $399

*wiring guides, custom shapes, fences and features are extra based on complexity

*All prices are for raw/bare metal, chrome and/or powder coating are extra

*Powder coating is typically $145 per rack/rack set

*We have a Chrome plating place we use for racks, stems and decaleurs. We charge $150 extra for the extra prep involved: plugging vent holes, sanding and polishing pre-chrome. The Chromer typically charges about $200-300 per batch. (So a stem will cost you $200, but rack and a stem will probably only cost about the same $200). You can have your racks powder coated too, for about $80, same color as your frame at the same time, or $145 if you’re not getting a frame or for a different color than you’re using on your frame.

 

Custom Decaleur:

Stem mount decaleur: starting at $199

*See the notes under racks for details and prices on chrome or powder coating.

 

Custom Stem:

Custom quill stem: starting at $300

Custom threadless stem: starting at $350 

*See the notes under racks for details and prices on chrome or powder coating.

 

Services for your existing bike!

 

Additional Braze ons and modifications:

$60 Water bottle bosses (pair)

$60 Rack mounts (pair)

$30 Cable stop/guides (each)

$125 Cantilever brake mounts (pair, includes removing and cleaning up your old ones)

$200 Rear disk tab and brace (we will not add disk tabs to forks not designed for disk brakes)

$100 Hard mount studs for center pull brakes (per wheel, add $25 to remove old canti brake bosses)

$65 Chain slap guard (includes the guard)

$50 Internal wiring, in front fork, for hub dynamo (Pair of reinforced holes)

$75 External wiring guides, for hub dynamo (3 or 4 per frame/fork/rack)

$200 Compass dynamo tail light braze on and reinforced exit hole on the down tube (size 54 and larger frames only, This includes the Compass taillight itself too!)

$40 Internal frame wiring for rear fender mounted dynamo light (one reinforced hole in dowtube by the head lub and a hole drilled in the BB shell)

$150 Internal wiring for brake housing (stainless or reinforced brass sleeve through top tube)

$55 Down tube shifter bosses (pair)

$65 fender eyelets on dropouts (pair)

$25 Seat stay mounted pump peg (each, requires two for the modified Lezyne pump)

$20 Head tube pump peg

$20 Seat stay chain hanger

$75 Bottom bracket cable guides, underneath

$19 Drill and tap bottom bracket for plastic cable guide (includes guide)

$99 Replace/install bridge (add $25 for a threaded fender eyelet)

$99 Replace derailleur hanger

$250 Install /replace drop out (single)

$399 Install drop outs (pair)

*$100 minimum

*Sorry our neighbors, as well as our lungs hate burning paint fumes so it’s $25 extra per braze on if you haven’t had your paint removed first, minimum $100. We strongly recommend having your paint stripped professionally stripped. CC Coatings Powder coaters will strip your frame for free if you plan on having it Powder Coated with them after the mods! Most other strippers and sand blasting places only charge $40-ish bucks for this .

*We strongly prefer to work on frames that have been stripped of all parts and paint. Addition labor will be charged if I have to remove, and or install any components/accessories in order to make repairs/modifications and we will generally only do this for emergency repairs or a single simple mod. Normal labor rates apply see our Repair and Services Labor Rates Menu.

 

Full overhaul with paint/powder coat prep:

$299 (single speeds)

$399 (geared bikes)

*Components only, accessories are extra including fenders, lights, and racks. See Repair and Service Labor menu for specific costs. 

 

Just full paint/powder coat prep package:

$150 Includes everything needed to prep your frame to be built up, except cutting new steer tube threads, from the A la cart section below

*This is needed with most new frames, and all powder coated frames. Sometimes newly painted frames, or other used frames, (this is included with all our handmade frames). 

 

A la carte frame prep:

$55 Ream and face head tube to ISO (standard 30.2)

$35 Cut crown race to ISO (standard 26.4)

$55 Chase and face bottom bracket threads (English only)

$45 Ream and or hone seat tube. (27.2 only)

$35 Chase steerer threads

$35 Cut new steerer threads, (first inch, $25 each additional inch)

$10 tap boss or eye threads (first one, $5 each additional)

 

Frame alignment:

 $50 Align fork (not attached to frame)

$89 Align fork (remove and reinstall in bike)

$45+ Simple align and re-space rear triangle (bare frame only)

$25 Align dropouts (pair)

$20 Align rear derailleur hanger

 

Step by Step Custom Ordering Guide:

You let us know you want. Preferably being as detailed as possible: frame size, wheel and tire size, what brakes you want, tubes and lugs if possible any dream parts, want’s and needs, intended riding style all that good jazz. Then we’ll email you back and try and figure out how to make it happen and probably break your heart a little with some sizing or compatibility issues. Email, works great because i can send you links, or picks of something we’ve done similarly, and vise versa: starmichael@northercycles.com, is best, but walking into the shop works well too.

If it’s something we would like to build and you survive the sticker shock of the estimate, and the reality of compatibility issues and our time frame, you get to put down a deposit, and get into our Que. This holds your spot and saves your price, and often orders your tubes, and little frame building bits.

When your turn comes, we talk again to make sure you still want the same things, have the same ideas about fit and style. Then we hit you up for another deposit. (Just to warn you any changes past this point adds $$$ per change. Depending on how much time/work we have to scrap, undo, or re-do.)

The work gets done, custom frames, forks, racks gets built and finished and  picked up or shipped off to paint, or chrome!

At this point you will pay any remaining balance. We don't do paint or chrome work and take no responsibility on the wait or quality of the painter or chromer you choose. We do have painters and chromers we work with and get good to excellent results from. And we’re happy to share them with you. 

At this point you either take possession, or it comes back to us for final clean up and assembly. We usually hit you up again for a deposit for all your parts. When it's done we let you know and You pay any remaining balance on the parts/accessories and shipping fees and get your bike, rack,  fork or what not!

All work has a handshake warranty. This means I will fix anything that goes wrong due to my workmanship for a reasonable amount of time tbd by me. Customer satisfaction is paramount and I will do what it takes to keep you happy and keep you as a customer. We’ve yet to ever have a single issue with our frame building work failing, but things happen and all builders have had to repair something in their career. Mechanical work on the other hand is a balancing act. Things come out of adjustment, cables stretch a tiny bit and shifting stops working perfectly. It happens once in a while and I will do little adjustments whenever needed for free for at least thirty days (if you’re local). After that standard rates off our labor menu apply, in theory. Often i can’t bare to have something not right or charge to fix it on one of our babies.