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Old 07-02-21, 07:25 AM
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Seeking Caletti

Am researching custom ti frame builders who can make me a mostly road-ish bike. Have managed to check out some of the usual suspects, but am wondering if anybody in the New York City area has a ti bike built by John Caletti that they would be willing to show me. Any other Caletti ownersí opinions gratefully received as well!
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Old 07-03-21, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by pepstepper View Post
Am researching custom ti frame builders who can make me a mostly road-ish bike. Have managed to check out some of the usual suspects, but am wondering if anybody in the New York City area has a ti bike built by John Caletti that they would be willing to show me. Any other Caletti ownersí opinions gratefully received as well!
John does great work - you really can't go wrong with a bike from him.
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Old 07-03-21, 05:36 PM
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Sounds like a great excuse for a trip to Santa Cruz. Take your bike: The riding is fabulous there this time of year. The couple folks I've spoken with who have his frames love them.
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Thanks for the feedback. Oh I wish for Santa Cruz roads! I have family in the Bay Area so now that we might have travel return to our futures - who knows?

And Iíll read any endorsement from Kirk Pacenti as engraved in platinum.
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curious....like to understand other peoples material choices as I am getting closer to a custom. Why titanium vs steel or stainless ? thanks for indulging my curiosity in advance
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Originally Posted by pepstepper View Post
Any other Caletti owners’ opinions gratefully received as well!
I bought one in 2014. (A Steel Adventure Road bike). It is my primary ride. The quality of craftsmanship and attention to fit, finish, and detail is superb. He is also an extremely pleasant and honest person to work with. I agree with the other posters who suggest a trip to Santa Cruz is warranted. I talked to him about Ti vs steel (and many other things), and decided on steel. He won't up-sell you just for the hell of it, and is happy to built a bike out of either material. I have zero regrets regarding the purchase, and recommend him without any hesitation.
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I bought one in 2014. (A Steel Adventure Road bike). It is my primary ride. The quality of craftsmanship and attention to fit, finish, and detail is superb. He is also an extremely pleasant and honest person to work with. I agree with the other posters who suggest a trip to Santa Cruz is warranted. I talked to him about Ti vs steel (and many other things), and decided on steel. He won't up-sell you just for the hell of it, and is happy to built a bike out of either material. I have zero regrets regarding the purchase, and recommend him without any hesitation.
Thanks for the encouraging input. I really like Calettiís understated aesthetic and he seems to have honed the adventure road style bike that most appeals to me. Will definitely reach out.
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Iím completely non-dogmatic about materials choice. Iím convinced that each material has its significant advantages. Am plumping for ti this time as Iíd like a road bike with wider tire clearances than my current super light, racy carbon road bike, so time for a change. Iíd like it to be light and responsive but less finicky than carbon. Itís not that I fear that carbon will fail on a ride, itís just that Iím older now and less deluded about the the cost of weight penalties , and am ready for something more classic, and easier to take care of. My other two bikes are steel - I love them, but ti would give some variety. Also, that raw finish just doesnít date, so hopefully Iíll use it for longer - justifying the investment.

A bit rambling - showing thereís nothing illuminating in my decision-making. More of an ice cream or cake kind of choice!
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22141262[/url]]curious....like to understand other peoples material choices as I am getting closer to a custom. Why titanium vs steel or stainless ? thanks for indulging my curiosity in advance
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