I always look to buy US-made frames. Why? I have a number of reasons, but most of all, I just don’t have any desire to own a carbon fiber frame that is manufactured overseas. I love bikes from Ventana, Guerilla Gravity, and many boutique builders like Walt Works, Independent Fabricators and several others that make both hardtails and full suspension. I’m not one to badmouth carbon bikes or anyone who prefers them over my particular taste. For me, it is nostalgia and the fact that the person who is making my bike is also one who enjoys riding as well. I have a silly belief that my frames have a soul because they were made in the USA. I also like welds, and have my pick of frame color too.
I prefer to by a frame that is US made. I started riding mtb’s back in 1989; a time when the boutique manufacturers in the U.S. made the best frames. Back then and still to this day, I love the idea that a person who is passionate about cycling is the one fabricating my bike. I’m not completely opposed to a frame from overseas, and I know that there are actually some high quality ti welders in Taiwan and other places too. However, I’d prefer to give my hard earned dollars to companies like: Ventana (I’ve owned two of there bikes), Lynskey ( I have a Ridgeline), Spot, Breadwinner, Retrotec, 44, and many others who still build hand crafted frames. I love custom bikes and all the options that come with them.