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Steel Frame Recommendation(16 posts)

Steel Frame RecommendationTimbo27
Oct 22, 2003 9:26 AM
I would like to purchase a steel road frame and build up a bike. Can you recommend a brand or custom frame builder? The bike will be used for hills and century's. I live in Seattle and can spend up to $1,300 on a frame.
re: Steel Frame RecommendationPDF
Oct 22, 2003 9:35 AM
Ritchey Road Logic
Vanilla, is it in your neighborhood? nmSpunout
Oct 22, 2003 9:49 AM
re: Steel Frame RecommendationFranchise
Oct 22, 2003 9:51 AM
Check out all of the steel offerings from Gary @ There are a lot of framesets in his inventory and he can also get others! Give him a call. I believe he is in Coos Bay.
Waterford R14MR_GRUMPY
Oct 22, 2003 9:56 AM
Tig welded version of the classic Waterford. Top line steel tubes. Stainless dropouts. Full custom for $1300. Great paint. Check out their website.
re: Steel Frame Recommendationkoala
Oct 22, 2003 10:23 AM
Berny Steelman or Independent Fabrications.
re: Steel Frame Recommendationkoala
Oct 22, 2003 10:24 AM
Brent Steelman or Independent Fabrications.
Several good builders, two (or more) in Seattle...miposy
Oct 22, 2003 12:30 PM
Hi Timbo,

I'm in Seattle too and have a custom steel frame from Carl Strong out of Bozeman (a Seattle native btw). Check his site at, as he is having a sale through November.

My Strong Frame is great, but you should also shoot down to Elliot Bay Cycles by The Market and check out the Davidsons in person, and go by Ti Cycles behind U-Village (they do steel as well).

Any of these three guys will build you a great bike, and can do so in your price range. If you want to check out my frame, let me know by emailing me from this site.

Good luck.
re: Steel Frame Recommendationirregardless
Oct 22, 2003 1:07 PM
Just outside of your budget at $1395, but GVH bikes has Colnago master x lights in many sizes. This price includes a fork.
Oct 22, 2003 1:33 PM
Check out Vanilla down here in Portland. The bikes are works of art and in your price range.

I actually met Mr. Vanilla, Sacha White, in Stumptown Coffee last weekend. He was in there with his kids. Real nice guy. My next bike will definitely be a Vanilla.
re: Steel Frame RecommendationHeron Todd
Oct 22, 2003 1:50 PM
You need to narrow down just what you are looking for. Will you ever put on racks or fenders? Will you race it or ride competitive club rides? How tall are you and how much do you weigh? What type of look interests you (wild paint job or subdued look, industrial or classic, etc.)? Are you more concerned with comfort or performance (not that you can't have both)?

There are a number of nice shops in Seattle that can help you out. Have you looked around yet?

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
Oct 22, 2003 2:30 PM
what about the axiom?
Go south a bit - Desalvo (nm)Mariowannabe
Oct 22, 2003 4:18 PM
Fondriest X Status Carb...without a doubt!!!!bikenj
Oct 22, 2003 7:39 PM
The Fondriest X Status Carb is the only way to go for that money. Usually retails for over 2k and now on sale for $1,200.

The Status Carb is one of finest framesets in the world and absolutely SEXY. The tubes, welds, and finish...Oh yeah!!! Their craftsmanship is unequaled even by those high-end custom boutiques. Without question, they're at the top of the class.

I would strongly suggest first reading the reviews on RBR, check out their site and then call Will at Fondriest-USA. Their customer service is unmatched.

This bike is truly the best! I race it, train on it and climb plenty of vertical.

Good luck.
2004 a little differentmerckxman
Oct 23, 2003 8:02 AM
The one on sale is a 2003. FYI: The 2004 has an integrated HS, and both the seat and chain stays are carbon.
re: Steel Frame RecommendationJusme
Oct 23, 2003 5:34 AM
Look at True North or Sycip.