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Is a steel frame an upgrade?(9 posts)

Is a steel frame an upgrade?PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 30, 2002 4:10 AM
I have an opportunity to get a lightweight steel frame to replace my Trek aluminum.I ride non competively and enjoy the longer distances.Plan on doing several century rides next season.

Will changing my frame to a lightweight 853 steel be better for my riding and will I notice the difference?The frame is hand made by a company in Wisconsin named Croell.Any information would help.Thanks.
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In my case, yes.BikinCO
Sep 30, 2002 4:23 AM
I went from a Cannondale to a IF Crown Jewel. The Crown Jewel is an incredible bike. It's 18.5 pounds, built up with Daytona 10 speed, Look pedals and Ksyriums SL's.
Smae thing here except....Mauceri
Sep 30, 2002 9:13 AM
BikinCO, I have the exact same set up, the exact, except I have a Steel Seven Axiom...I was thinking about the Crown Jewel, it was a tough choice. Beautiful bike
If your looking for increased comfort...Sintesi
Sep 30, 2002 4:43 AM
over long distances then yes, it's an upgrade. The steel won't transmit as many vibrations to your body as the aluminum Trek. It's one of those things you'll probabaly notice after 50 miles or so. Aluminum can be made to be more compliant, and some frame makers are better than others, but on the whole steel is more comfortable in this dept.
re: Is a steel frame an upgrade?OwenMeany
Sep 30, 2002 5:16 AM
I went from a Cannondale to a Lemond...ie alum to steel and I am never going back!

Before my first ride on the Zurich I thought it would be nice if I would notice some difference at some time. Well, for me the difference was immeidate..so much smoother and comfortable. I have had the Lemond for about 4 years now and I am starting to look around for a new frams..steel of course!
yes nmMXL02
Sep 30, 2002 5:49 AM
Depends..DINOSAUR
Sep 30, 2002 7:20 AM
As much as I like my old Klein QR, I thought it was beating the heck out of me on long rides. I opted for a steel bike (Colnago Master X-Light) and the comfort level is very much noticeable. I like the Klein for short instense rides, but the steel bike for me is better for day-in, day-out, time in the saddle. I think the weight difference between the two bikes is around 1 pound, but I just dropped 15 pounds in body weight, so weight is not so much a factor for me. One thing about the steel bike is the geometry and it is better balanced. I think the Klein is a better climbing bike, but the Master Light handles better on the descents. I ride mostly the steel bike and when I switch back and forth between the two bikes I can notice the difference. I guess it depends on what type of ride you are looking for. Steel is my pick for a century bike, nothing rides like it (IMHO)..... you will notice the difference...but one man's meat is another man's poison...It worked for me...
Croll I thinkColnagoFE
Sep 30, 2002 11:45 AM
Have seen them before. Pretty nice frames. Nothing super special about them from what I saw, but appeared to be a nice bike. Fairly traditional looking.
Define opportunityGregJ
Sep 30, 2002 6:26 PM
Are you going to steal it, buy it new, or get it free from a sponsor?? I love my Aluminum bike. It is the all around nicest riding bike I have ever had and that includes a couple of good SLX and 531 lugged steel frames. I have never ridden a Trek Al but I would think it is a pretty nice frame. I would not anticipate any major improvement in ride quality.