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Steel frame for Tri-bike?(2 posts)

Steel frame for Tri-bike?h82crk
Mar 25, 2002 5:36 PM
I can't afford the whiz-bang aero frame yet, but have started to like the feel of steel. I have a good aero setup on a GT ZR2000 (Cowhorn bars, Dura-ace barend shifters, Ultegra parts, Hed3 wheels). Would like to put this on a durable steel frame- Any comments?
re: Steel frame for Tri-bike?loop
Apr 4, 2002 12:32 PM
Why not? For everything written about the minutae of aerodynamics, for most age groupers (and based on the simple physics of surface area and fluid dynamics) the largest influence is rider position. If you like steel, and you can find a comfortable position that allows you to stay aero longer, go for it. Add an aero fork and a nice set of wheels, and the trade-off for not having a razor thin frame will be marginal unless you're competing at the elite level.

The bottom line is that you should buy what you like. That said, Strong, Teesdale, Anvil, Dean and several other fine companies can build a steel frame in tri geometry for very reasonable prices.