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Looking to Upgrade... Steel or Ti?(5 posts)

Looking to Upgrade... Steel or Ti?skimoviestar
Jul 12, 2001 3:50 PM
So what do all you seasoned roadies out there think... If you were a relative newbie like myself (Fred-like male, 5'9", 160 lbs., about 100 to 170 miles per week, 8 months of riding and digging it), would you upgrade to steel or titanium? I'm considering Serotta Concourse or Legend Ti vs. Serotta CSI or Colorado III. Thanks for your collective takes on this... and by the way... I sometimes ride with some pretty competitive guys (read: "group ride" equals "group race") and I want to make sure I get FASTER and FASTER. I don't want anything to slow down my already meager and lackluster climbing and sprinting performances. Thanks.
re: Looking to Upgrade... Steel or Ti?spinner54
Jul 12, 2001 6:37 PM
I can't make the comparisons because I have never ridden Ti. I ride a 2000 CSI and I really, really like it. It is rock solid and very stable. I am not looking to "upgrade"! There have been several threads on the message board @ Serotta's web page which should make for some decent reading. A poster named BigMac owns both and describes each in nice detail.

Best of luck on your next purchase.
re: Looking to Upgrade... Steel or Ti?skimoviestar
Jul 12, 2001 8:58 PM
Good reading. Thanks for the link. I think I'm leaning toward CSI. Why did you decide CSI over CIII?
Hey Skimo...MrCelloBoy
Jul 13, 2001 7:06 AM
Ride them both!
And try a carbon frame and Aluminum while you're at it! It'll give you a more complete idea of what's out there. Then you can try and decide on one of 5 different bikes! My bet is that you'll like Steel or Carbon best.
CSI baby!ColnagoFE
Jul 13, 2001 8:18 AM
The CSI is probably one of the best steel bikes out there. Serotta compares the ride of their flagship TI bike to it as a benchmark. Weight is not all that much diff (for Serotta anyway). I think the CSI would make you happy. It was my second choice behind the Colnago MXL...and that would have been a tougher choice had they allowed custom sizing at no cost then (they do now).