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Steel Frame(10 posts)

Steel FrameHENRY K
Sep 25, 2003 3:24 AM
I am looking to go steel over the winter but I am having a difficult time choosing. I am looking for a bike that will be comfortable on century rides, good climber, not too flexy and good handling (not too quick or quirky). I am considering...Waterford RS-22, Ritchey Road Logic, Steelman, Lemond. New or used. It Does not matter but if used must be well kept. Any suggestions or comments!
How much do you want to spend? nmLen J
Sep 25, 2003 4:42 AM
SteelmanChazWicked
Sep 25, 2003 6:39 AM
My steelman eurocross is the sweetest bike I've ever touched. I'd look at them as well as SyCip. The only consideration is whether you want a lugged frame as neither of these guys do lugs. I really like the asthetic of lugs but, in the end, was convinced be the perfect welds that the Steelman would take care of me. It does. I descend extremely fast on this bike, it climbs really well, and the steel absorbs plenty for a century ride. Surely his road bike would be more of the same. The frame is not cheap but it is worth it. Be sure to use frame saver on any steel frame.

Good luck
Landshark @ gvhbikes.com...PdxMark
Sep 25, 2003 9:11 AM
Get a full custom brazed steel bike with Ultegra for $2k. Great ride. Colors as simple or as wild as you like.
re: Steel Frametrekmtnrider
Sep 25, 2003 11:49 AM
You need to check out an IF. Independent Fabrications makes some of the best steel in the world and are wonderful to deal with. (www.ifbikes.com). I have ridden an IF for 4 years now and race as a Cat 2. It is light (Dura Ace with Ksyriums is like 17.5lbs for a 55), super responsive (with Foco chainstays) and very comfortable (853 main frame). The closest thing I can compare it to is riding a stiff aluminum bike for the responsiveness while getting the comfort of steel. Their paint is unreal (you pick the color/scheme) and craftsmanship is 2nd to none. It really is an amazing bike. You WILL NOT be disappointed.

Andy
Ritcheyspeter in NVA
Sep 25, 2003 1:05 PM
I have a filet brazed Ritchey Road Classic and tigged Ritchey Swiss Cross. Both very comfortable, in fact the cross is smoother on road wheels because its newer tubing (WCS). I do ride the Classic offroad whenever its dry and its pretty good considering no shocks and 23 tires.

But, I would consider a custom bike next time. Both bikes don't fit me well.

Check inside the seat tube with a flashlight on any used steel frame...you may be surprised by the rust.Use Frame Saver for a new one immediately. People agonize over multiple clear coats for the paint, but the untreated inside is the weak link.
Strongs are on salePicshooter
Sep 25, 2003 1:30 PM
Strong is having a sale.WWW.Strongracing.com
re: Steel FrameTraveller
Sep 25, 2003 7:29 PM
Check out the fondriest-usa.com they have number of Al and their steel frame on sale. Beautiful frames and great ride with the added advantage of being rare.
-Utpal
re: Thanks to allHENRY K
Sep 26, 2003 3:32 AM
Thanks for the responses although I did think that there would be more.
re: Steel Framemapei boy
Sep 26, 2003 11:09 AM
How about a Colnago Master Extra Light? Not that expensive in the general scheme of things. And one excellent bike.