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good steel frame for build projectMtn Mike
Jun 1, 2002 6:31 PM
I know this is a redundant post, but I want some fresh info...I am wanting to build up a steel cx frame. I'm going to be doing road riding, commuting, and the occasional dirt road ride. My weight is ~230 and I want a good strong steel frame. Any suggestions? I've looked at the Lemond, Surly, Salsa, Dean, IF frames. What do you all make of these frames? How important is the quality of the steel used? i.e. Renolds 853, Columbus...ect. Thanks in advance.
re: good steel frame for build projectVelocipedio
Jun 2, 2002 11:06 AM
You could always look into Marinoni [http://www.marinoni.qc.ca/]. I ride a 'noni road bike and love it. I got a quote on a Marinoni Fango cyclocross frame and fork -- Columbus Zona tubing, custom pain job, built to the geometry you specify [4-6 week wait] for $800 Canadian [$520 US].
re: good steel frame for build projectMtn Mike
Jun 4, 2002 8:37 AM
I did not see the Fango listed on their web site. I saw the Ciclo, but they didn't say that was a cyclocross frame. Did you call them direct or just have a catalog? They look like nice bikes though.
re: good steel frame for build projectVelocipedio
Jun 4, 2002 9:32 AM
Call them or e-mail them. They still make the Fango, though I don't think it has ever actually appeared in their catalogue. I saw one guy riding one the other day... looked very nice.

Marinoni is basically a bike company that run by an Italian bike builder, who makes Italian-style road bikes with Italian materials... at Canadian prices. If he made the same bikes in Padua, they'd cost twice as much.
re: good steel frame for build projectAlpedhuez55
Jun 2, 2002 6:10 PM
The Surly and Soma frames are good for the money. I have the Surly with Reynolds Tubing. It is a good frame. It may be a pound or two heavier than some of the 853 frames out there. It is still a great ride. I am about a 300 pounder and have not had any flex issues with the frame. It rides nice. Besides, you can lose a lot more weight in the Engine than on the frame.

I have not riden a Marinoni but they are beautiful frames. They are a work of art. Other options that might work for you are The Bianchi and Torelli.

Good Luck!!!
re: good steel frame for build projectjrm
Jun 3, 2002 1:18 PM
Riding a 4130 cro-moly surly now. it's a compliant ride but also heavy, sluggish handling and the angles are a bit slack for anything other than riding dirt.

Cant comment on the steekl frames youve mentioned because their all outta my league. i'm switching to a aluminum Planet X Keffenberg frame and selling the surly..anyone wanna buy a 52cm crosscheck frameset?