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Steelman Stage Race owners - give me your opinions(4 posts)

Steelman Stage Race owners - give me your opinionsSGG2
Nov 22, 2003 11:09 AM
I am considering a Steelman Stage Race frame. I have spoken to Brent Steelman once on the phone, and he has recommended a 58 or 59 cm. I currently own a steel frame, but the fit is not great and it is a very conservative design. I would like to give steel one more chance, especially from somebody who is pushing the limits of the material. I am 6' 1", 170#, will race the bike, love to climb (live in Colorado).

So, if you own or have owned one of these frames, what did you think? If you bought it from Steelman directly, did you feel comfortable with the fitting process without him seeing you directly? Was the frame perfect, too stifff, not stiff enough? I will probably not upgrade to a fancy tubing set like the EOM, so I will be using standard tubing diameters.

I will be using this with a carbon fork.

Steve
One here...Mike Prince
Nov 22, 2003 11:44 AM
I bought an SR from Brent in June '01 - same process you are following. I don't know what you mean by 'pushing the limits of the material' - for what it's worth I am 6'4", weigh a bit over 200 and the frame is plenty stiff for me, but comfortable enough for 5+ hour rides. Fit-wise, the bike is perfect for me, Brent used the measurements I gave him to recommend the size and even spec'd the length and rise of the stem for me.

Also, the powdercoat paint is tough as nails. It has a ride quality that is quite a bit different from other steel frames I have ridden - more responsive is the best way to describe it.

Mine is the 853 tubing with steel stem and fork as well. I would not hesitate to buy another. Fully built with Dura Ace and 'normal' (Open Pro) wheels, my 60 cm is under 19 lbs and rides great. If you are using the carbon steerer fork, Brent will probably recommend the 1-1/8" head tube.

My experience with Brent and Katryn was (and continues to be) top-notch. Fine folks and a fine product.

Hope this helps
Mike
"pushing the limits of the material"SGG2
Nov 22, 2003 11:57 AM
Thanks for your reply. I'd be curious what other frames you have owned and how this compares, but from your message, I'm guessing you would put your SR at the top of the heap.

What I meant by "pushing the limits" was that my current frame is very traditional - 753 tubing, 1" or 1 1/8 OD tubes, fairly standard wall thicknesses, long chainstays, etc. I am looking for the other end of the spectrum - light, quick, responsive.

Steve
re: I love my SteelmanFrank121
Nov 23, 2003 6:04 PM
I like trying different bikes, and had long wanted a Steelman but never managed to buy one. I found two years ago in like new condition with less than 100 miles on it at a great price ($475 w/new Ultegra headset and bottom
bracket).

The wait was well worth it! The welds are absolutely flawless, and the powdercoated metallic blue paint looks like wet paint...very nice. The Steelman builds up very nicely and easily as the alignment and frame construction details are spot on accurate. The Steelman is a perfect
all-around road bike...stable on descents, quick on sprints, smooth on long straights, and not a liability on hills.

They are also great to work with after the sale. I inquired about a new seatpost binder clamp and they indicated the one I had was an older model...they sent a new one at no cost even though I had not bought the bike directly from them.

Brent Steelman seems to have put the same quality and design that he puts into his SR top end frame and fork into the SR 525, but at a lower price. I only wish I had bought a Steelman years ago!

I still like to buy and sell bikes, but the Steelman is the one bike I have that is not for sale.