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Looking for a steel road bike(15 posts)

Looking for a steel road bikeB-Duff
Jul 19, 2001 6:10 PM
Its been 10 years since I bought my last road bike - an older Cannondale crit frame. I'm looking for a new road bike. Don't want to spend more than about $1500 new. Does anyone still make em out of steel? i want a more comfy ride than the C-dale. THe Schwinn Peleton looks good - do they still make it? its not on their site. MTB is my main squeeze, but i like the road for training and variety. How 'bout the Konas. I don't see em on the Kona site either.
Any suggestions?
Bianchi VeloceMeDotOrg
Jul 19, 2001 6:28 PM
There are some pretty good bikes at the $1500 price point. You might consider a Bianchi Veloce. Campy Veloce group, decent wheels, carbon fork. It's a little heavy, but a very sweet ride.

If you're a big rider, you might find it flexier than a Cannondale, but I'm sure you'll find it smoother.

I bought one last October and put nearly 6,000 miles on it. Smashed the frame last week when I ran into a car. Oh well. (Decided to move up to a custom frame - Carl Strong).

I loved my Bianchi, but as I said, there are a lot of good bikes at this price point. Find a frame that feels good, and go from there.
re: Looking for a steel road bikeilove2bike
Jul 19, 2001 7:13 PM
the only companies who make a good steel road bike any longer are. Bianchi and Marin. Check out for info on those the san marino would be right around your price range. Otherwise the Bianchi veloce is also a sweet deal.
re: Looking for a steel road bikecycleguy
Jul 19, 2001 9:55 PM
Bianchi and Marin are the only companies who still make a good steel bike? Gosh, one whould think you would get flamed from all the "Steel Is Real" crowd. I happen to love Marins, but what about?
Marin is a great frame because it is made in Italy by Bilato!Doll Face
Jul 20, 2001 8:11 AM
Bilato is not too well known here, but they have been making great frames for years with others names on them. LeMond, Tommaso, Marin, Look (steel), and others.

My buddy had a Bilato SLX which unbelievable.
re: Looking for a steel road bikeLone Gunman
Jul 20, 2001 8:15 AM
Such an obscure opinion it doesn't rate the effort to flame.
re: HFC........Rusty Coggs
Jul 20, 2001 4:55 AM
.....Am I glad to know this. I will have to unload my POS Colnago, Carrera,Tomassini and Moser.Man I feel better already. Where kin I gets one of them thar Marins??
re: Looking for a steel road bikemoschika
Jul 19, 2001 9:13 PM
LeMonds are good bikes too. i have their entry level model from a couple of years ago. feels really nice to me. worth checking out. ride a few different kinds and see what feels best for you.
check out GVHHank
Jul 19, 2001 10:45 PM
you might be surprised by what you can get for $1500. (hmmm, maybe a Steelman with 105 or Ultegra..?)
re: Looking for a steel road bikeSlice
Jul 19, 2001 11:42 PM
If you want to just buy a frame and pick your level of parts
there is Gunnar who make Reynolds 853 air-hardened steel frames.
There is Interloc who makes thin-wall heat-treated CrMo steel frames.
The biggest bargain would be SOMA who uses Reynolds 631 airhardened steel. They are only about $375.

Jamis also makes a 631 road bike with nice spec
re: Looking for a steel road bikeCar Magnet
Jul 20, 2001 1:44 AM
The Peloton's last year was 2000 (Peloton Pro). I still see some 99'
and 00' models floating around in shops though (usually really small or really large frames). Check with your local Schwinn dealer, they may be able to do a search for you. If not, the bikes mentioned by the above posters are all pretty nice (I would personally favor the Marin). Good Luck.
re: Looking for a steel road bikeLen J
Jul 20, 2001 3:47 AM
This time of year you can pick up a Lemond Zurich with full Ultegra & Rolf vector pros for that money. Sweet paint, sweet ride good components & plush. Make sure you test ride as Lemond Geometry is different. If you wait a couple of months, you can really get a deal (assuming you can find the right size).
re: Looking for a steel road bikeRoy Zipris
Jul 20, 2001 3:56 AM
This past spring, I also shopped for a steel frame in about the same price range. Choice came down to the Bianchi Veloce and the Lemond Buenos Aires. Chose the latter because it felt better on my test rides, although this was a matter of personal preference. I'm 5'6" and love the Lemond geometry.
Didn't Schwinn switch over to aluminum last year, so you'd have to find a '99 frame? And, as far as next year's frames, the new ownership could have some effect?
Tommasini, Colnago....C-40
Jul 20, 2001 5:02 AM
Both have fine steel frames. The Tommasini Sintesi is only $900 at Colarado Cyclist. A real bargain for a bike with fantastic paint and chrome.

The Colnago Master X-light is also a great frame. It's stiffer and better suited to riders over 160lbs. They run $1400 in the states, but can be had for around $1000 at World Cycling Productions has also has a sale on the X-light.
Close-outs on Exotic Steel Bikes here! Merckx, Moser, Basso, TomDoll Face
Jul 20, 2001 7:57 AM
There are some great deals on steel frames now as newer cyclists look to al to save a few grams. Nothing rides like a steel bike! has great deals on the Moser and Merckx frames, (and maybe the Basso) less than $700 I believe (call them).
Moser has excellent geometry for longer rides.


Basso:, also the Treadmill in NY? is closing them out. Basso are very well made. Great paint and rust proofing.