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Question for those who race steel(3 posts)

Question for those who race steelMcAndrus
Oct 28, 2001 6:24 AM
My apologies if there's a recent thread on this. I have a specific performance question for those who race on steel frames.

I'm assuming you're using one of the newer, lighter steel tubesets like Columbus Foco. How well do they perform in sprint or climbing situations, particularly compared with aluminum or carbon?
re: Question for those who race steelclimbo
Oct 29, 2001 12:02 PM
I'm sure it rides fantastic if you have a Foco frame from a good builder. I have a Thron and I like it so Foco can't be half bad.
Like any material, it depends on the builder, geometrygreg n
Oct 30, 2001 7:33 AM
and how they spec the tubing. People will say aluminum is stiff, but a well-built aluminum frame can be compliant as well. People might say ti is springy, but with properly drawn and shaped tubes it has the proper stiffness.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that there isn't a cut-and-dry answer to your question. Personally, I race a Bontrager RoadLite. It's made with True Temper OXIII, and because of the smaller rear triangle, it climbs, accellerates and sprints like a dream. I wouldn't trade it of anything. Not to mention they aren't made anymore, and there aren't a lot of them out there.