Wingnut wrote:Custom geometry in titanium and carbon are both rare and expensive in Oz...
There's nothing rare or expensive about a $1k custom Ti frame delivered from XACD or any of the other Xi-An titanium fab shops.
There was a guy floating around not long ago who was trying to set up a business as a kind of middle-man between Australian customers and the Ti frame builders. Help people who don't have the necessary geek-spec knowledge to design their frame, handle the culture-shock negotiations with the builders, possibly provide a level of warranty support, take a margin on the price. If he's not still around, I'm sure there are others. Still a very cheap way to get a custom geometry frame, in any material.
Custom carbon, however... you're looking at 6 figures for tooling. That ammortises out over a long run of frames, but it's not feasible for one-offs. Unless you can figure out a way to build a carbon frame mould with adjustable inserts to accommodate a range of sizes and angles... but I haven't seen that done successfully yet.