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Steelman bikes(7 posts)

Steelman bikesdustin
Sep 16, 2001 10:12 PM
anyone ride one? are they good quality? a shop guy here showed me one and claimed that he got it down to 16.9lbs with pedals...that shocked me for a steel bike.
re: Steelman bikesNessism
Sep 17, 2001 5:57 AM
Don't judge a frame by the total weight of the bike. A lightweight frame weighs in the 3 lbs. range and a heavy one is only about 4 lbs. (talking about modern stuff here).

Steelman makes a fine frame. Some of his lighter frames from the past used tubing that was a little questionable in terms of durability however - such as Dedacciai Zero (ZeroUno is fine however). Good stuff just check the finer details.

If you want a steel frame, for the sake of durability look for something in the 3.75# range. This will give a good compromise of durability to weight. Good luck.
re: Steelman bikestee hee
Sep 17, 2001 7:43 AM
Got an 853 stagerace last month. great bike! I've put 1000+ miles including 2 centuries. great blend of stiffness and comfort. craftmanship and service are first rate. I would not worry about the weight. my 57cm weighs under 20lbs with no tricky stuff. stock ulterga, mavic open pros, ouzo pro. handles like a dream and very good in a pack.
re: Steelman bikesGregJ
Sep 17, 2001 7:49 AM
I guess it is possible but you would have to get the lightest aftermarket parts available, very expensive and probably tubulars as well. I am skeptical. Steelman frames are listed on his website as 3.5 lbs, probably a little optimistic. They are nice bikes to look at and probably to ride as well. The geometry is a relaxed seat tube and long top tube, not what I like but that is a matter of personal preferances. He also has available a custom top tube option and complete custom option.
re: Steelman bikescioccman
Sep 17, 2001 9:13 AM
Just a little further info. Very lightweight bikes are in the 1.2 to 1.5 pound range. Such as the kg281, c-40, Quantum Pro, etc. I'd call a frame only that's over 2 pounds heavy.
you must mean kilograms, not poundsAlex-in-Evanston
Sep 17, 2001 9:36 AM
re: Steelman bikesEames
Sep 17, 2001 11:32 AM
I own a SR 525. Not the lightest bike in the world but I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. I can't be much of a weight wennie as I ride a 63cm frame. All told it weights 20# ( Chorus 10, Mavic Open Pro 32, and stock steel fork ). I know if I wanted to drop weight I could go use an all-carbon fork which would probably put it around 18.5 - 19#.

I've owned it for almost 2 years now and I still think the bike is a dream. It handles great and absorbs bumps and chip sealed roads surprisingly well. Overall I'm a fan ( can you tell? )