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Question about bying custom steel frame.(7 posts)

Question about bying custom steel frame.SGrouts
May 3, 2002 5:56 AM
Hi to everyone. I decided to buy (build) a custom steel frame to a local (Greec) frame manufacturer. I am tall and heavy (190cm & 90 Kg (198 lbs) ) and i bike for 200 km every week. Can anyone inform me if there is any site where i can read about the qualities of steel? Because i dont know anything about SLX, TS, Nivacrom, Foco and all that. Any other suggestions about the frame (is steel a good choise?). I dont care about looks (flat tubes, intergrated headset...etc), i just want a trusty frame that it will last for years (without paying a fortune) in good and not so good roads. Should i ask something special on frame painting? And finally is 1700gr (3,74 lbs) an accepted weight for a frame (at low cost). Thanks!!
re: Question about bying custom steel frame.SnowBlind
May 3, 2002 7:25 AM
Having had one built to the same aproximate specs, I can tell you a few things:
1. Steel is great. Especially at your weight the builder will be able to fit your needs to a tubing.
2. Lighter is bad for durablity at this weight. My builder used oversized Nivacrom to make sure it was stiff and durable. You also get more road "buzz" on lighter frames. Not using the lightest and newest from the tube manufacture will save you money too. My Niviacrom tube set was 2/3 the cost of a UltraFoco tubeset.
3. Weight for the bike, 3.74, seems about right. A few extra grams in the frame is not going to kill you, and will improve ride and durablity. Mine came in at ~20lbs (~9kg) with a Record/Chorus mix and Carbon fork.
4. GO CRAZY on the paint job! Classic paneling is ok, but to turn heads, you need color. I reproduced the Italian Flag on mine. Of course, living in California, some people think it is a Mexican Flag.
Thanks...SGrouts
May 3, 2002 8:11 AM
...man
re: Question about bying custom steel frame.gtx
May 3, 2002 8:25 AM
here's a good chart. But I'd just let the builder know what you want it to ride like and what you want to spend and let them pick the tubing.

http://www.strongracing.com/frames/tubing/tubing_specs.html
You were very helpfull...SGrouts
May 3, 2002 11:28 AM
thanks gtx
re: Question about bying custom steel frame.DKF
May 5, 2002 6:44 AM
Go with a single color powder coat if you want low maintainence and durability. It's also inexpensive.
What do you mean??SGrouts
May 5, 2002 7:42 AM
by "single color powder coat"?? Thanks
(my english are not very good...)