So I came to find out that one of the drawbacks about getting a custom frame, besides the serious lightening of one's wallet and the somewhat tedious wait time for those of us who love instant gratification , is the cold hard fact that none of your other bikes seem to fit like they used to anymore.
Well, at least that's the way it seemed to me after taking delivery of my Crumpton earlier this year. I immediately started thinking about a custom geo Aluminum frame to mimic my Pegoretti 830am with a smaller HT and longer TT. I like 'em low and long with a non-sloping TT.
Joe Depalmaelare , owner of Primus Mootry, came on my radar after some searching and then when JERK comissioned him to build his Gaulzetti bikes I knew I had found the guy.
We talked about what I wanted , a full blown, pukka race bike with no real regard to light weight , but more to stiffness/razor sharp handling and Joe replied that it was right up his alley.
From first contact to the arrival of the frame last Friday, delivery was right at 5 months and Joe is an absolute dream to work with. He went the total extra step , searching out the right tubes and continually checking in with me about certain thoughts and opinions. Those chainstays , BTW, are 25.6 mm at the SMALL end and 44mm tall where it joins the BB. I'll post more pics later including some Joe sent me of the frame unpainted so you can see just how amazing this guy can weld. It's staggering.
I got in back to back 5 hour rides on it over the weekend and it's spot on.
I think Joe said it best in his email upon completion, " Yes David, It's as stiff as it looks."