What's bad about a 3 or 4 month wait for a custom frame? I can remember waiting longer in the 80s. There are plenty of builders who will charge twice as much as Steve for no greater craftsmanship, with infinitely less experience and make you wait far longer. He doesn't build show bikes, just bloody good frames at excellent prices.
I don't mind waiting I just hate to add anything to my list of people to chase up to see if they're doing what they said they'd do last time we spoke.
I decided against having downtube shifters in the end, and decided to go for a Campagnolo groupset throughout, because I couldn't be confident enough about the compatibility of a modern 9/10/11-speed cassette with friction shifters, and couldn't find any conclusive information about how well they work together.
I can always experiment later at my leisure if I feel a burning need to have friction levers; this way I will start out with something that I know works.
Which one you getting? Are you getting disc brakes?
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