I have always wanted a great steel bike. I called Carl and asked him if he could build me the bike I wanted: a quick, light STIFF frame that would climb and sprint. What I received seems to be the impossible. I built this up and took it for its first ride last weekend. Misty, cold, 53 miles of hills and rollers. For the first time I understood what it means to have a bike disappear under your feet. At the end of this ride, I was floored. Everything I asked for and more. Carl was great to work with, responsive, asked all the right questions, listened to my needs and built me, not only what I asked for, but what I didn?t know I needed?I?d order another one, right now, but this one needs all my attention.