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Best Steel Frame $1500 - $1900(7 posts)

Best Steel Frame $1500 - $1900rs1115
May 12, 2002 4:43 PM
My wife is looking for a steel bike in this price range. She rides a 47" Bianchi currently.
thats are hard bill to fillishmael
May 12, 2002 5:00 PM
you can get anything in that range... from a very durable thick tubing (and save alot of money) or an ultra-light columbus foco plus...the most expensive steel frames ive seen which arent all hype are made by landshark, some have silver fillet brazed joints which are as nice and smooth as ever and the geometry and paint can be custom ordered...but if she is already comfortable on the dimensions she is riding id leave it alone...thats alot of money though, i dont even think you can buy a steel frame for 1900...i think the money could be better spent, but if i were to spend something around there id get the landshark with fillet brazed joints and a nice paint job (careful on the paint, some of his paint jobs are too much)...i had a track bike made by him once, i sold it because it was too long for commuting around town and thats all i wanted it for, but anyway it only had blue and green paint and they were swirled or something all over the bike, it looked realy nice..
frame or bike?gtx
May 12, 2002 7:36 PM
If you are talking frame only there are tons of options. If you are talking the whole bike, I'd consider one of the more affordable custom builders like Teesdale or Curtlo--should be able to get one with Ultegra or Centaur in your price range. Good luck!

http://www.tetcycles.com

http://www.curtlo.com
gvhbikes.com has a selectionunchained
May 12, 2002 8:25 PM
in that particular size.

The best off the rack steel frame? I really like Tommasini.it, but thats just me. For $775USD I can get a Nueron Sintesi shipped from Italy. The Nemo Techno would be a just a bit more, but that would probably be overkill anyway.

In the $1500-$1900 class you are getting into some pretty exotic stuff if you know where to look. Just one example, for $2000 you could custom order a DeRosa Ti from Maestro-UK.com.
Do you mean complete bike or frame only?Sintesi
May 13, 2002 4:55 AM
You can get a custom "dream" frame in that price range. Serotta rings a bell. Pegoretti, Waterford, etc... Take your pick.

You can also get a very good steel bike w/ full Ultegra or possibly Centaur as well. May I recommend the Tommasini Sintesi? I can vouch for that bike personally. You gotta consider Lemond and Gios as well. Raleigh just put out a new steel bike (R800?)that looks very interesting.

Your only problem will be making a decision in that price range. Sub $2000 is a very competitive price point for bike manufacturers.
Do you mean complete bike or frame only?rs1115
May 13, 2002 5:38 AM
She is looking for a complete bike.
re: Best Steel Frame $1500 - $1900hnmalone
May 16, 2002 1:28 PM
For a complete bike in your price range, Marin markets some very nice steel bikes, reasonably priced. Also, if you can find any Univegas, they are probably the best bargain around.

Also look at LeMond. I think you can get some nice Reynolds 853 bikes in that range, but you may be pushing it.

I agree that you can't go wrong with Bianchi, although they are a little more expensive than Marin or Univega.