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New Steel Frame(4 posts)

New Steel Frameb-man39
Sep 8, 2001 2:49 PM
Any recommendations for a new steel frame? What's a good production steel frame these days? I'm currently riding aluminum and am thinking about steel.

Any suggestions?
"Steel" covers a lot of territory . . .DCW
Sep 8, 2001 3:09 PM
but if you are thinking Italian steel at reasonable prices, built up to your specs, try Gary Hobbs at He has made a lot of folks very happy riders.
re: New Steel Framejtolleson
Sep 8, 2001 3:33 PM
For production steel in an entry level or mid-range niche, I'm a fan of Bianchi and Lemond. But as the poster above said, "steel" is a broad category, encompassing a wide range of offerings esp. from Italian and smaller builders.

With a little more info I bet you'll get more feedback.
your size, weight and....C-40
Sep 9, 2001 5:26 AM
intended use makes a big difference in the type of frame that would be most appropriate. If you want a nice steel frame for general road riding, and you're not a big heavy masher, consider the Tommasini Sintesi. This bike has very nice lugs, fancy paint and lots of chrome. Traditional Italian steel at it's finest for only $900-1000 at Colorado Cyclist. Unfortunately they only stock 2cm increments and only offer one color. Since they are a dealer, they could probably order any size or color if you are willing to wait.

Colnago also makes fine steel frames like the Techno and Master X-light, available from a large number of web retailers. Colnagos are a lot cheaper from overseas sources like

I hate to criticize other makes, but there are a lot of them out there that are well constructed, but have no chrome and very plain paint jobs. Aesthetically, they don't hold a candle to the finest Italian frames.