Road Cycling - Steel Racing Frame
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I rode my step dads OLD steel bike the other day, and it felt great. I think it even felt better than carbon. I have been planning on getting a new bike for a while(I am about to grow out of mine), and my budget is around $2000 for a complete bike, give or take a couple hundred. I would like to know if any of you have links of where to buy nice steel racing frames, if they are still made.
Thanks a lot,
Edit:I guess I should mention I will be racing Junior 15-18 and at least Cat 5 next year, and have gotten some racing experience this year.
11-06-05, 04:16 PM
Look at Lemond bikes Jake. www.lemondbikes.com
Thanks for that link mariner. I was also wondering if there were any websites where you can buy the frames them online.
11-06-05, 07:58 PM
Lemond's are only sold through your LBS. You might want to do a search for steel bikes there have been quite a few. Steel is a nice but most shy away due to the weight penalty when compared with aluminum and carbon. But none the less a steel frame can be built up to a respectable racing weight.
11-06-05, 08:01 PM
Well maybe I could persuade you into getting a Aluminum/Carbon bike? It's a really great ride, It's now my rain bike. The Douglas Fusion is a great bike for the money. www.coloradocyclist.com << they have them in stock
Steel frame weight is not an issue 3lbs for a steel bike frame is not heavy. Versus carbon this frame is jist as good has more alloys added to make it lighter and stronger.
If your looking for an Ultegra or 105 setup with Mavic wheels thats the price $1500 - $2000.
Why waste money on Aluminum frame for racing or carbon save money on components. The link above makes great frames.
Torelli, IRD, Salsa, Soma, etc. All make quality steel frames at a good price, and with decent wheels and say a 105 group you'll easily be in the 17 pound weight range for around two grand. Why not make your step-dad an offer on his bike - spread the rear triangle to 130 mm, realign the dropouts, install an Ultegra drivetrain/new wheels and you're in business! Either way, good luck!!!
11-06-05, 10:05 PM
The Douglas Fusion I was talking about is 1600 or 1700
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