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Best Steel Frame?(4 posts)

Best Steel Frame?Max11
Nov 11, 2002 10:18 AM
Looking for opinions on the best riding steel frame that people use for triathlons. I'm hoping to put on S&S couplings on a steel frame to use for everyday riding and being able to travel easily with for races around the country.
Better Options.. perhaps...sctri
Nov 11, 2002 6:50 PM
First off, asking what the best of any material is will usually either get you ignored or unleash a furry of name dropping and brand loyalty.. (in short, there is no "best bike"

Second, it might be cheaper to buy a bike box and a membership to IMBA (the mountain bike one in the states, the big one) because I remeber reading a few years ago that one of the benifits of joining was no extra costs to take your bike on airlines (or at least many major airlines) this may have expired, or I may be citing the wrong group,

but it might be something to look into as an other option because as cool as SS couplings are, they dont tend to be seen on many race bikes

Just my .02

rc
Better Options.. perhaps...Max11
Nov 11, 2002 11:24 PM
I have carbon fiber bikes and a bike box that cost $50 every one way trip. So I'm looking into steel or ti frames. I don't have to have the fastest bike just one that's easy to travel with.
In that case...sctri
Nov 12, 2002 9:59 PM
Well then, shows what I know.. lol

In that case, I would recommend a small builder or a custom builder if that is feasible for you.

And given the choice between ti and steel for S&S couplings, I would definitally go with something steel and lugged for looks. (i have seen some really cool custom jobs)

If you tell the builder that you plan on doing the S&S thing then that can be integrated into your scheme. Eg. Rivendale or IF

My 2nd .02

RC