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Location: DC / Maryland suburbs
Bikes: Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
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Originally Posted by JackDaw
i'm looking at getting a new frame and was wondering what i should out for. somebody told me i should get a lugged steel frame. is this correct?? i plan on using it to build my own bike. i currently run on an early 1990s rockhopper and would like to purchase a 2nd to use for this project. is this a good frame to use?
What kind of bike are you looking for, racing, touring, commuting, MTB...?
I think a lugged steel road bike frame is a fabulous choice for touring and for practical commuting and utility use. Lugged steel frames are very strong, repairable, and comfortable, and the good-quality ones are not heavy. But most are not considered light enough for racing today and don't have the appropriate geometry. Finding a lugged steel frame can be hard because they are no longer made except by custom frame-builders... though there is an enormous supply of 70s and 80s lugged steel road bikes on craiglist and eBay
So it depends what you want to use the bike for. I own a lugged steel touring/commuter road bike (premium-quality 80s Ishiwata tubing) and a Fuji Allegro fixie (mid-range 80s lugged frame), and like them both a lot. It's hard to go wrong with a steel frame, but if you're building a bike for racing it's probably not the best choice.