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Best Steel Frame???Flothru
Sep 24, 2001 12:58 PM
I am looking to spend between $1000.00 and $1200 for a frame. I am going to be racing both Crits and road races. I have been considering some of the carbon rides out there but they keep comparing themselves to the ride of steel so I figure it is worth taking a look at steel. I don't really know where to begin. Can anyone out there help me with some steel recomendations.

Thanks in advance,
re: Best Steel Frame???vozdemano
Sep 24, 2001 1:07 PM
Last year I bought a Coppi steel frame for about $800. I just love it. It uses the Columbus Genius steel. You'll be surprised at how light it is, and the handling is awesome. But you can check other frames at the columbus website:

Good luck.
shop here, have fun...Tig
Sep 24, 2001 4:54 PM

I'm looking into a Coppi Foco. Super light for steel but a little more $ than you mentioned. At 140 lbs, I can get away with lighter steel tubing.
Also checkout Serotta's Colorado III for a great steel frame:
Ditto the Serotta (nm)DeRanger
Oct 1, 2001 9:46 AM
Double Ditto the Serotta (nm)spankdoggie
Oct 20, 2001 9:29 PM
Yeah, I am very happy with my new Serotta CSI.
re: Best Steel Frame???RojoRacer
Sep 24, 2001 5:09 PM
I've been riding a steel bike where the frame is made from Tange Prestige tubing. It is quite light... I know that these tubesets are no longer in production and wanted to get more info on it, so searched on google.. the link below
has some interesting information and comparisons on different steel tubesets that might interest you (eg Reynolds vs Columbus vs Ishiwata vs Tange). Some tubesets are only recommended for riders ~150 pounds ....

(click on the link "The Lowdown on Tubing")

re: Best Steel Frame???cyclequip
Sep 28, 2001 6:16 AM
The best steel frame would be the one made to fit you. Why not consider a custom-built frame?
Check out Gary Hobbs . . .DCW
Oct 7, 2001 5:31 AM
at He usually has a nice selection of steel frames at discount.

As the poster above suggested, think about custom. A lot of domestic frame builders have excellent reputations. In your price range, Strong, Steelman, Anvil and Teesdale come to mind. There are many others, perhaps one near you.
Check out Gary Hobbs . . .pgager
Oct 15, 2001 1:06 PM
Any experience with Steve Rex frames from Sacramento, CA?
re: Best Steel Frame???lakeplacid
Oct 27, 2001 11:44 AM
Hey look into a Serotta CSI. The ride is excellent. Beautifully crafted frame. Mine weighs in at 19.5 with Dura Ace. Very respectable, however, quality Ti like Litespeed and Serotta give the same ride however weigh less than steel. If you do not race and are on a budget I suggest a good steel frame. If you are not racing or riding a great deal Ti is just, I think anyway, too costly.