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Steel framesHank the sober dwarf
Apr 29, 2002 6:18 PM
I'm just thinking and daydreaming right now, but who makes juicy steel frames for x-bikes? Currently I'm on a Brodie Romax and really like the way it rides but this bike won't last forever. In comparison, I *used* to think my Trek 8000 mtn bike had a really solid ride but after spending time on the Romax, the 8000 just doesn't feel all that tight and smooth anymore.
re: Steel framesatpjunkie
Apr 30, 2002 7:56 AM
there are so many. Waterford (& Gunnar), Steelman, Kelly,Independent Fabrications, Salsa, Soulcraft.....
it's endless. Personally I'd probably go Kelly, IF or Soulcraft(most Likely Soulcraft). all are boutique mfgr's that will build you a sweet custom ride and Soulcraft happens to be the smallest (2 ex Salsa guys in Sonoma County), IF builds GREAT bikes and Kelly's reputation is top shelf in cx. Any of these makes and you can't go wrong.
steel bike porn for you!Steve_O
Apr 30, 2002 12:24 PM
Here's a link to a thread down below. This is my Kelly pre-build...

Steve_O "Single speed CX--Spot vs Kelly" 4/26/02 1:12pm
steel bike porn for you!Hank the sober dwarf
Apr 30, 2002 11:33 PM
Yeah, I saw it, I like the paintjob alot. What kind of components are you building it up with? I'm at the stage where I would like to build the ultimate do everything rig, but wouldn't want to drop a couple of thou plus just to take it in mud and wear it down. Plan B is to build a nice lightweight bike and commute/train on it, and then use my Romax for the snotty stuff.
My components are mostly mtbSteve_O
May 1, 2002 12:13 PM
My components are mostly mtb related parts.

Brakes Avid Shorty Ti
tubes 700C x 30
Rim Strips Velox
Wheelset Sun Ringle CycloCross
headset Chris King
cables Ultegra
Crank XT Splined
BB XT Splined
Chain SRAM
Frt Derail XT Bottom pull 28.6mm
Rear DerailXT
Cassette XT 11-32
Shifters Ultegra STI
tires Michelin Mud
pedals Time ATAC
bars Salsa Bell Lap
tape Generic Cork Tape Black
Seatpost Thomson Elite
Saddle Flite

The gearing could be a little better for commuting; however, its great for offroad riding. I work part time at a shop so most of the stuff I pro-deal... So far my only issue has been with the Sun wheels (Broken two spokes in 800 miles). If I had to do it over again I would probably go Ultegra / Open Pro's...

Here's a pict built up...

My components are mostly mtbatpjunkie
May 1, 2002 2:42 PM
SWEEEEET! I approve of your gruppo, MTB parts seem to take more abuse than their road brethren, and since not all of us are sponsored or work in a shop it's cheaper in the long haul. I run XTR/Ultegra on one of my bikes. Love the green tires/Orange frame combo.......HURTS SO GOOD!