I’ve been riding my Langster for a while now, especially after having set it up for longer-distance (up to 50-70 miles at a time) riding. It’s been fine, if a little harsh, but I wanted something that said, “Yes, I’m doing this on purpose” instead of, “I’m a crazy tinkerer.” Somehow a cheap aluminum frame with a nice(r) single-speed build says the latter to me.
For a point of reference, I compared the frame against offerings from Soma, IRO, and a few others. While it’s not truly bespoke, it’s as custom as $600-ish dollars will buy you.
Gonna build it up with as much black-anodized aluminum as I can get my hands on. US-made stuff: King, Thomson, Paul, 44rn. Sram brakes and cranks. Selle Italia saddle, Fizik tape, and Shimano SPD-SL. Not sure about the fork; trying to find something that works for the geometry of the bike. Still deciding on wheels, but I think I might go with some King/H+Son/Sapim jobs from Luxe Wheelworks.