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Best steel road bike for $1500? $2000?(13 posts)

Best steel road bike for $1500? $2000?achriste
Apr 1, 2002 10:50 AM
I am a new road biker, looking for a steel bike in the $1500-2000 range, preferably with Shimano Ultegra components. Currently, I am looking at the Lemond Zurich and Buenos Aires models, although the longer top tube geometry does not seem like the best fit. I have also enjoyed test riding the Bianchi Vigorelli.

I am looking for the best value in this price range, and wanting to purchase a quality road bike that will last many years. I will be using the bike mostly for daily exercise and recreation, thus I would trade comfort for weight if that's the choice I have to make. Also, I would consider carbon if I could find one in that range.

Any other models I should consider?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
Hard to rule out Rambouilletretro
Apr 1, 2002 10:54 AM
For the qualities you mention, it's hard to rule out Rivendell's Rambouillet ($950 for frame, fork and BB). It's a slightly "roadier" version of the Atlantis, which I've owned for a little over a year and love. I built mine with a combination of new parts and stuff I had on hand, and I've probably got $1400 or so in it. See it at
re:Basso Gap @ GVHbikes.dzrider
Apr 1, 2002 11:03 AM
Dressed in Campy Centaur or cross-cultured with Ultegra will leave you enough to buy a few color coordinated accessories.
Go to GVHbikes.comLone Gunman
Apr 1, 2002 11:04 AM
GVH has bikes that are steel, Italian frames with full Ultegra build ups that meet your budget. Your price point meets probably 75%+ (guessing) of a high quality steel frame bike, with a carbon fork and Ultegra components. Knowing your size top tube needed will be key to getting exactly what you need. Question is do you know what type of steel frame you want as this can get really picky and finicky. Lugged or tig, Columbus or Reynolds or other, etc. Gary @ GVH can help you with all this and sell you what you need not what you want and get you the right size to boot. Don't worry about the weight penalty of steel, comfort rules.

I ride a Zurich and am always impressed with the smoothness of the frame however my next new steel will be lugged steel cause they are so 'purdy (Cinelli Super Corsa, Tommasini Sintesi).
re: Best steel road bike for $1500? $2000?gtx
Apr 1, 2002 11:19 AM
in addition to the fine choices at GVH, I would look at the Steelman 525, Teesdale, Gunnar, Anvil, and any good local builders. Good luck.
Landshark at GVHTonyR
Apr 1, 2002 12:02 PM
Gary has a special deal with Landshark that allows him to sell complete bikes (w/ultegra as I remember it) for $1995.00. That's quite a deal for such a well respected frame. He always seems to have a good selection of color schemes, and I know two who've purchased bikes from him who have nothing but good things to say about the whole experience.

Gunnar Roadiebigdave
Apr 1, 2002 12:41 PM
It's basically a TIG-welded Waterford. Nice ride, great handling.

Tommasini Sintesi...C-40
Apr 1, 2002 3:12 PM
Check it out at or Extremely well built with lots of chrome, fancy lugs, and great paint. $1700 with Ultegra. Personally, I'd opt for Campy Centaur or Chorus 10 speed.
Dear C-40Lone Gunman
Apr 1, 2002 3:40 PM
I was thinking about this the other day, Sintesi vs. Cinelli Super Corsa @

Sintesi @ CC = $999 frame and fork
Super Corsa @ GVH = $795 frame and fork

Both are Columbus Neuron tubes with lots of sexy chrome and lugs yet $200 bones difference. Geometry is probably similar. Hmmmm.....
col cyclist are greedy... super corsa is soon to replaced NMSpirito di Finocchio
Apr 1, 2002 5:45 PM
close competitor...C-40
Apr 3, 2002 2:30 PM
But the Tommasini has a fully chromed fork and fancier graphics. The Cinelli has very basic decals. You have to see one up close to appreciate the difference.
Check out MarinoniVelocipedio
Apr 2, 2002 5:51 AM
You should be able to get a Marinoni Piuma [Columbus UltraFoco]with Chorus for pretty close to $2000 US.

Great bikes.
re: Best steel road bike for $1500? $2000?cycleguy
Apr 2, 2002 9:58 PM
Mondonico Futera Leggero with full Daytona and open pros. Just add saddle of choice, stem and handle bar. Tada just under two grand!!!