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questions on steel vs. alu for beginning racer(5 posts)

questions on steel vs. alu for beginning racerdaneil
Aug 7, 2002 10:14 AM
I'm 5'6" at about 167 lbs and I tend to push big gears rather then spin. I'm looking for my first road bike and I've found some great deals including the khs 700 for $999 and the IronHorse Victory that i've been posting all over the place for 1109. I don't have an opportunity to test these bikes out, but I have been sized with either a 50 or 52cm frame (depending on c-c or c-t). I haven't ridden steel in forever and am currently on a ti hardtail mtb. I'm looking to race by next year on the road in NYC and I was just wondering if Reynold 853 is considered a racable steel? ie is it stiff enough in sprints. I'm most interested in this because I loved the ride quality of my mtb, and wiwth slicks on it accelerated quick enough. Or is the 7005 frame on the KHS much stiffer than the 853 frame on the Iron Horse. Thanks for your opinions guys.

forgot to mentiondaneil
Aug 7, 2002 10:18 AM
the KHS is all 105 with Velocity Circuit Comps and TTT bar/stem and the Iron Horse is all Ultegra with Mavic Cosmos'and Ritchey Pro bar/stem. and the Iron Horse is about three puond lighter 19 vs. 22.

I would go with...Flothru
Aug 7, 2002 11:01 AM
What fits you best first and formost. If both offer you a good fit, I would go with the Steel. I have an 853 Steel frame and I can not notice any flex from the frame. It is more comfortable than any cheap Alum. Also it is repairable in the event of a crash.

Good luck with what ever you pick. See ya on the road.
re: questions on steel vs. alu for beginning racerNo_sprint
Aug 7, 2002 2:24 PM
If you're looking to race on it, you'll basically want it as light and stiff and responsive as possible. If there is any way, go Ultegra and get the lightest, best wheels possible.

I recommend the KHS alu. I've raced on many alu bikes. Simply the best for the brutal crits. Around this time of year Supergo and the likes typically have incredible blowouts. Full Ult. for $1200 or so.
re: questions on steel vs. alu for beginning racerSlip Stream
Aug 8, 2002 9:26 AM
Don't neglect for the pre fire sale of the Fuji Team. This bike flies. The 52 cm bike weighs less than 16 pounds. The frame is plush and responsive. Full Ultegra and Ritchey pro wheels for $1095. All the Fuji aluminum/x fusion bikes use the same geometry. If you can ride any model it will give you a good idea of the fit. If not, the geometry is pretty generic in that it will fit a porportional person.