Pricing and Options
As of Spring 2015, the wait time for a frame is about 12 months. Because of scheduling fluctuations, there are sometimes openings for shorter lead times. Contact us to find out more details.
All prices are based on material costs and the labor involved, as well as invisible costs such as shop rent and utilities. Stainless steel lugs and tubes are available. None of the listed prices are set in stone, but you can get a good approximation of what is involved for a frame, fork, stem, racks, and the rest from the list below. We’ll work together to decide what exactly you want, and based on this we’ll give you a solid estimate.
Fillet Brazed Frames
Steel or stainless steel.
Fork not included.
Steel or stainless steel options.
Fork not included.
$425 & up
$250 & up
The cost of each frame finish is unique, and is determined bike by bike. We’ll get into more detail about the cost to finish your bicycle as we know more about what you’d like.
Ahearne Cycles is proud to be using Spectrum Powder Works for all our frame finishing. They are the best in their field, and it really shows in the quality of their work. They can do some amazing things with powder, including single and multi-color jobs, and crisp, clean edges on lug masking. Check out their website to see some of what they offer. Exact color matching with liquid paint is optional, but we will powder coat whenever possible. Browse through a full color pallet of powder coat colors. (Please keep in mind that because of the varying tints of computer monitors, the colors you see will not be accurate examples of how the color will look in person, but will only be an approximation.)
We are big proponents of powder coating bicycles for several reasons. Mainly, because it’s more durable than liquid paint, and it’s environmentally sound -- there are no toxic fumes involved, and there’s no waste to dispose of; whatever doesn’t attach itself to the bicycle frame can be swept up and re-used.
The only thing in favor of a liquid paint job is that it looks wet even when dry, it can be applied very thin, and the color options are nearly infinite. We live in Portland, Oregon where the rain is prevalent enough to keep our bikes looking wet most of the year, even with a powder finish. Thin paint is more fragile, unless you get into the highly toxic automotive paints. And besides, choosing between an infinite color selection with liquid paint, and the environmentally friendly powder coat, we choose to be responsible. These are, after all, bicycles.
For more detailed information about powder coating, including the process and the pros vs. cons, please check out the Wikipedia entry on Powder Coating.
We offer partial and complete build kits for bicycles. Pricing and quality varies widely. If you’re not sure what parts will work best for you, we’d be happy to help. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
When you're ready to go forward and get on the list for a custom bicycle, we'll have a conversation about what, generally, you'd like. We'll discuss the time line, the target date of completion, and a rough estimate of costs. We'll take a deposit of $750 to make it official. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once you're on the list, all you have to do is wait. You'll get an e-mail, usually within about three months of the finish date, and we'll start dialing in specifics for fit, frame design, components and color. If you're near Portland at the time of the build, you are more than welcome to stop by the shop to see the progress. When the frame is built, powder coated and assembled with parts, you'll receive the final bill. Full payment is required before the bike leaves the shop. If we're shipping the bike to you, we'll discuss the options. For international orders, there's always the possibility for personal delivery of your bike. It'll then be time to enjoy your new Ahearne.
If you have any questions or ideas, we can discuss them.