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No steel bikes in newest CC catalog?(21 posts)

No steel bikes in newest CC catalog?commuterguy
Jan 27, 2003 6:20 AM
I think this is the real shock with the latest Colorado Cyclist catalog--I did not see a single steel-framed bike in it. The still carry a Tommassini bike, but it is aluminum. The Sintisi was the last steel bike CC advertised in their catalog (since they dropped the Fuji cross).

Does this mean steel is officially over? I hope not--I love my 853 frame. Maybe steel will never appear in the TdF again, but I think it still has a lot to offer serious road bikers, especially the heavier and more budget conscious variety.

Any comment?
re: No steel bikes in newest CC catalog?Fez
Jan 27, 2003 6:30 AM
What? They sell bikes? I thought all they sold was ass from looking at the cover.

I hardly think CC has the official say in whether "steel is officially over."

Steel isn't going anywhere, and I bet we see it at CC again soon.
re: No steel bikes in newest CC catalog?PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 27, 2003 6:37 AM
I don't think steel is officially over.Colorado Cyclist isn't the standard bearer of cycling tastes.For the riders who want a steel bike there are still alot of frame builders who specialize in steel.I admit they are expensive compared to mass produced aluminium but if someone really wants steel and can appreciate the ride characteristics they are still available.I think Lemond will always have steel also.
Sad, but steel isn't over yet.Tig
Jan 27, 2003 6:43 AM
The larger manufacturers are offereing only a few steel models at best. However, the many excellent US custom builders will continue to create excellent steel choices. As much as I love modern frame technology, the soul-less side of many new frames leaves something to be desired. I'm sure I'm one of many who'd love a classic steel bike in the stable.
re: Any leather shoes or wool clothing?dzrider
Jan 27, 2003 7:01 AM
Similar in that some of us have experienced these products and still prefer them.
re: Any leather shoes or wool clothing?commuterguy
Jan 27, 2003 7:11 AM
Except I think they do carry some "smart" wool jerseys, socks, etc. Don't think they have any leather shoes.
Carnac - still uses leather in part. (nm)cdale02
Jan 27, 2003 7:38 AM
Steel is deadmohair_chair
Jan 27, 2003 7:28 AM
If it's not in the Colorado Cyclist catalog, it must be dead.
Steel isn't trendy..MR_GRUMPY
Jan 27, 2003 7:53 AM
Steel is not "in" now, for the people who buy mail order bikes. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Every year, the bike manufactures find something new to mix into the aluminum to make it "better" and "newer". People flock towards "better" and "newer" and pop open their wallets like you wouldn't believe.
I can't blame CC for doing what they did. After all, Business is business.
No, it means "shop somewhere else" that's all [nm]Leroy
Jan 27, 2003 8:08 AM
They've got Tomassini Techno's on the web site,sn69
Jan 27, 2003 8:13 AM
but it looks like they're no longer carrying the Sintesi.
CC sells bikes not in catalogues..ClydeTri
Jan 27, 2003 8:33 AM
Bet a dollar to a dime, they still sale some steel steeds...they dont run every model they carry in every catalogue..
lots of other nice steel bikes around -phil the wheel
Jan 27, 2003 3:51 PM
Bianchi, Motobecane, LeMond, Mercier, Jamis all have lots of steel production bikes

I like the Mercier Draco-euro with Full campy Record -- I love the look and the price seems good -- but no matter what - there are lots of steel bikes to pick from
NEWSFLASH: CC not the only bike seller in the world!DaveG
Jan 27, 2003 5:11 PM
Don't get me wrong, I'm OK with CC, but its not as if they are the center of the bike universe. Clearly steel is not the dominant frame material but there are still plenty out there to choose from. Relax and ride (if its warm enough)
True, but CC is the market leader, no?commuterguy
Jan 28, 2003 7:20 AM
Your points are well taken. Still, while I have never seen sales figures, I wouldn't be surprised if CC has higher bike sales revenues than any other store/chain in the world. (Performance might sell more units, but I think their sales are dominated by kiddie bikes and inexpensive hybrids for casual bikers.)

Also, CC seems to capture the road bike zeitgeist (sp?) more than any other publication--even Bicycling magazine. While I have no doubt that custom frame builders will offer steel frames for the rest of my life, this might be a dying industry.

That would be a shame. I suspect that the vast majority of miles ridden by the vast majority of road bikers could/should be ridden on steel frames. If the single largest retailer of quality road bikes and frames doesn't carry any steel models, that seems like a pretty irrational development.

I wish I could ride: as posted above, I need a big rainstorm to wash away the 2-3 inches of salt/sand accumulated on my routes.
True, but CC is the market leader, no?DaveG
Jan 28, 2003 9:43 AM
I have no issue with CC (use them often, just not for frames). However, they do not exist to be the barometer of cyclings future; they exist to make a profit. Right now, for them, that means high volume Litespeeds and Al bikes with carbon stays. To that degree it does somewhat reflect the overall market. Sales of steel bikes has dropped significantly over the past 10 years, but I think it has bottomed out. Steel will always appeal to a certain set of riders. Steel will still be there when the current fad of gluing carbon fiber appendages onto a frame is over. As the owner of 3 steel bikes, I have no issue being in the miniority. Hopefully the weather will break soon and we can stop arguing and start riding.
Not true, look closely, there's one in thereMootsie
Jan 28, 2003 6:39 AM
Where? What model? (nm)commuterguy
Jan 28, 2003 7:21 AM
Bottom of page 89 - Tommasini Technomsmootsiemartin
Jan 28, 2003 8:08 PM
...now back to the real world.
I stand correctedcommuterguy
Jan 29, 2003 10:12 AM
I actually saw this frame in the catalog, but for some reason I thought it was aluminum.

BTW, CC's website is unloading 2002 Sintesi scratch'n'dents for $629 (frame and fork only). What a bargain.
Not true, look closely, there's one in therelurpy
Jan 28, 2003 12:06 PM
I found one as well; chromed head lugs even!