Don't underestimate the effort put into a custom bike! For the amount of hours it takes to build a custom bike from the ground up, the investment is really quite reasonable. Custom bikes take as much as four times the man-hours of most production bikes. A basic custom frameset can take as many as thirty hours to produce.
* You can really make your bike suit you. Did you know that highly customized models can include intricately carved or polished lugs and wild paint jobs?