Tips for a custom bike build

Mechanic fitting a Shimani Dura-Ace wheel to a Chapter2 TOA frame
(Image credit: Chapter2)

Product planners and category managers spend a lot of time creating the diverse collection of bikes we all know and obsess over, but every cyclist also yearns to be an individual, and that goes beyond boutique riding jerseys or wearing odd coloured gloves.

The custom bike build is a destiny for many. You get to play product manager, creating a bike that features precisely the specification and component specification you require.

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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.