Custom Work Pricing

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Hand-crafted, custom frame built with premium Columbus tubing.

*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, and intended use and vice versa.

 

PRICES:

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Frames start at $1,800 (track or road race with no fork). Full custom Randonneur or Touring Frame & forks with pretty much every standard option start at $3,000  (Conectorless SL, custom hand carved lugs, and other unusual or specialty features are extra).

*All prices are for raw/bare metal, chrome and paint are extra unless otherwise noted. We recommend Color Works Bike Painting, (he's great and best of all he picks up and drops off!), but can send our Norther Art files and Head badge to a Painter or Powder Coater of Choice. We recommend and have had good luck with Color Works.

*We have a Chrome plating place we use for racks. Batches are typically $400 (if you can wait for more people's stuff to pile up you can often split the cost of  polishing and chroming. If you take it in yourself it is usually cheaper too). You can have your racks powder coated too, but it looks tacky in most cases. Silver powder coat makes us cringe!!!

Extra Custom work:

Front handlebar bag rack: $375+

Front rack+detachable low-riders for panniers: $849, or $949 "mule" style

Demi Porter front rack: $465+

Demi Porter front rack with detachable low-riders for panniers: $975+

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

Custom porter rack: $650+

Rear rack: $450+

Custom decaleur: $300+

Custom stem: $ 300+

*wiring guides, custom shapes, fences and features are extra. 

 

Custom Forks:

We specialize in building custom forks with a low curve for classic and vintage style bike with one inch threaded steer tubes, but will do thread-less. Custom forks can have any features you like from width, length, fork rake, trail, eyelets and mounts to fit any frame or tire you like.

Simple road or track $450

Touring/randonneur with cantilever bosses and rack mounts $575

*Upgrade fork for Connector-less Sl dynamo with internal wire routing +$255+conectors

*Upgrade fork with internal wire routing for standard dynamo hub +$150

*Upgrade from canti bosses to hard mount studs for Mafac or Compass center-pull +$100

 

 

Emails, yes really. First Four or Five are free (per each project)

After that standard labor rates apply, minimum $5 each

*I spend more time answering emails, phone calls, text messages and DM's than i do actually frame-building. I can't afford to answer questions about day dreams or act as an arm chair physiologist for customers anxiety and or Google for arm chair  build theories. I'd love to, and did for years, but this is what i do for a living now and have to charge for my time and expertise.

*Of course if i have a specific clarification question during your project and you answer directly and succinctly i won't charge you. If i have to pester and cajole you over and over again for a  clear answer i will.

 

Step by step ordering guide:

You let us know you want a frame, fork, repair, modification, rack, decaleur, or stem, and we talk about what you want. Email, 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 our time frame, you get to put down a non-refundable deposit, and get into our Que. This holds your spot and saves your price, and often orders your tubes, and little bits.

You wait for your turn, we’ve usually got some other jobs already lined up, and it takes time to build a frame-set, rack, or make repairs. During this process we will ask you to put up more payments as we work, and the project goes on. Unless you have already paid off the full amount.

When your turn comes, we talk again to make sure you still want the same things, have the same ideas about fit and style. Once we’re sure were on the same page we will get started, or if you want racks or mods we'll need your bike dropped off for two to eight weeks so we can do the work. Any changes past this point adds $200-$500 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 shiped 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. 

At this point you either take possession, or it comes back to us for reaming, facing, assembly/installation. When it's done we let you know and You pay any remaining balance or 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. After that standard rates off our labor menu apply.